I’ve been working on a little table project in my spare time for the past couple of days, readying some items for the vintage/décor booth that I will be moving
into during the first week of April.
Grain sacks have been very popular in home décor for a while now and I’ve long admired the handiwork of fellow bloggers who can sew up table runners
using vintage fabric.
A light bulb went on my little head a few weeks ago, giving me the idea that I could paint multiple red stripes to mimic the actual grain sack fabric
on a tabletop.
I had the perfect table in mind. It was a frugal find from two summers ago and it lent itself well to being transformed into a more current décor.
Here’s the table as it has looked since being used in my laundry room.
Its apron and legs were originally painted yellow and the table fit right into the sunny garden décor themed room;
but that décor has outlived its look and I’m looking forward to stripping the wallpaper and going much more neutral in this room.
Since I won’t be using the table in there anymore, I decided to sell it in the new booth that I’ll be moving into in April.
I’ve been itching to get a vintage/décor booth or shop of my own, so when the opportunity presented itself last weekend, I leapt at it.
I mixed up a custom color, using Chalk Paint ® by Annie Sloan.
The color turned out a bit less yellow than Old White, which was fine with me. I used Emperor’s Silk for the stripes and Graphite for the apron and the legs.
Then I plotted out where I wanted the stripes on the table top, measuring out from the center of the table and using quick release painter’s tape to create
the wide and narrow stripes.
The only time consuming part was waiting for the stripes to dry before taping over them and begin painting the stripes next to them.
I had a little bit of bleed-through on the tape edges, but once I sanded the stripes to give them an aged and worn look,
you really can’t tell that they are not all that perfect.
And I think the slight imperfections makes them look more authentic, anyway.
I had to do the painting inside, since the weather here as been so cold- 30º temperatures inside the garage are detrimental to the painting process,
not to mention being in conducive to comfort.
Of course, I couldn’t just show you a plain ol’ table top, so I dressed it up just a bit so you could see how it looks with a simple place setting.
Yes, I know I didn’t use silverware, but you get the idea, right?
I gave this topiary filled cloche some height with a stack of blue books. It brought a bit of spring into the dark foyer where I took these photos.
It’s a cloudy day and we're expecting another snowstorm today- with up to 10 inches predicted.
It is actually coming down like mad right now and I bet we WILL see that amount of snowfall by tomorrow morning!
I think I had better head out for the gas station soon so I can have fuel for the snow blower. No way I’m using the shovel with that amount of the white stuff!
An iron fleur de lis and a tiny red pitcher completed the simple vignette.
I hunted the pantry for some coordinating colors in the dinnerware and came up with these melamine plates and bowls.
This table would be perfect for a protected area outside, since the legs are wood and I’ve applied a wax finish to the tabletop.
It would be cute in a sunroom or breakfast room, as well.
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