Tuesday, October 12

I think I'll call her Janna.

Hard to believe, but this table was stored away in someones shed, hidden by two more tables and a ton of junk sitting on top!  {Good junk...I took it all home with me}.  I couldn't understand why someone would put away something so lovely to be forgotten.  But their loss, my gain, right?  :)  It just so happened that I had been "shopping" for a dining room table for a while and this little lady was perfect. 

So I thought...

I took her home with me {she barely fit in the car} and got to work.  I couldn't contain my excitement.  Well, until I started stripping and sanding and stripping and sanding and hit PLYWOOD!  Disaster.  Complete disappointment.  Has something like that ever happened to you?  My vision of a beautiful dark stained wood dining table was ruined.  She became my "work bench" and sat in the garage for a month.  I really wish I had taken pictures of her in this state. She was so depressing....

And then she spoke to me.

So, I layered on the Kiltz primer, sanding in between coats {I did attempt to use spray primer, but this table would have taken about 10 cans and I always try to be as thrifty as possible}.  Then I covered her with my favorite shade of "white" - Valspar Woodrow Wilson Putty.  She was a little boring that way, so I painted the bow-tie design with a leftover can of black paint I had from painting our front door.  I distressed her just enough and antiqued her with mocha glaze.  A few coats of Polycrylic (not Polyurethane since it would yellow the white) and she was complete! 

I adore her.  She's so unique...I've never seen anything like her.   And surprisingly, my husband really likes her too even though he's more of a natural wood type guy.  She'll definitely need the right home, someone who appreciates her character and personality.  But for now, I'll just enjoy admiring her in my garage!

xo LeAnne


  1. I love how you did the top! And yes, stuff like that happens to me all the time, though I tend to avoid stripper like the plague!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing this link! This is a great story and gives me hope that I can turn our table into something as fabulous as this table you painted. It looks great!