My parents have had a couple of tables kicking around for a few years now. They are pretty old- they were originally from a social club that my dad volunteers for that moved to a new building.
They gave all the old ones away and mom and dad took a couple. Very old school laminate tops, but with absolutely beautiful cast iron legs. Heavy. Not easy to move. Mom and dad have one sitting on their veranda and my brother took one. It sat in his garage for a few years and then he decided he didn’t want it. We tried to sell it at our garage sale. Thank goodness it didn’t go as I ended up seeing tables like them around and loved them!
Here is one close to it from Restoration Hardware.
So I decided to do a bit of a revamp on the table top to see if I couldn’t make it into something a little nicer.
Please ignore the general mess surrounding the table. This is one of my little work areas so there are a thousand unfinished projects lying around. Please ignore them. I seem to be.
You can see that the legs are beautiful, but the laminate leaves the viewer wanting. That’s where a ruined copy of the Cambridge Shakespeare comes to the rescue. That and a little mod podge. I just tore pages into strips and sections and put a layer of mod podge under and over them. When I was finished, I covered the whole thing with another couple of layers of mod podge. I need to poly it now, but I only have spray poly and it is too cold outside to do it.
Don’t worry. The book really was previously ruined and was about to get discarded when I took it. Pages missing and the like. So far, it has seen me through a couple of projects as well as this one (my paper trees and cone wreath).
This is what the table looks like now, all styled up with its new top and in a much nicer spot.
I love the shadows the twigs cast on the wall. So pretty and a little austere. A nice change from the Christmas tree in that corner.
The pages make a pretty tabletop and I love the colour and texture. It really reads as a solid from further back.
I didn’t want to put too much on it. I’m kind of over clutter right now, after Christmas, and I prefer a clean look anyway.
I can see curling up in this corner with a cup of tea and a good book. Lots of light.
(Shame about the face?) I couldn’t resist including Bill.
You tell them, Bill.
I think it is gorgeous.
So that is the first project of the year for Stone and Rose! What have you been up to so far? I hope you are having a productive and happy start to 2012!