Wednesday, January 09, 2008

It's just like getting a new table!

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When I first separated from my ex-husband 9 years ago I didn't have a dining room table so my mom let me borrow the table below. I've been using it all this time. I almost always had a white table cloth on it because the wood top on it just didn't go with my decor. I don't know why I never thought to paint the top of it before but for some reason it just never entered my mind until after I painted my dining room chairs. My mom doesn't want the table back after all these years so she said she didn't mind if I painted it.So after sanding, priming, painting and distressing it, I'm really happy with how it looks now. Someday I want to find a more formal dining room table to paint white but for now this is so much better.

I found the long linen table runner at a thrift store for $3. I topped it with my toile runner and put a plant in my soup tureen. I'm slowly trying to get away from using silk flowers in my home but it's very hard for me not to have flowers around so I thought if I bought live flowering plants they would last longer than cut flowers and once they start not doing so well in the house I can plant them outside.
I want to make some little chair seat covers for these chairs so I can change the look depending on my mood. I have too many ideas and not enough time! (or money).

47 comments:

Julie said...

I love to see your projects completed and once again you did an amazing job! I just want to ask.... where do you store all of your treasures when they are not on display??? Except for my attic, I have a terrible time finding safe places to put things!

ACottageIndustry said...

The table looks wonderful. I love your toureen full of flowers as a center piece!
Tracey

It's a Mom Thing said...

Looks great. Your place is so inviting and cozy.

debbiekay said...

Well Cindy you never cease to amaze me! You could take a trash can and make it a thing of beauty!

I love your table and thank you for the great idea with the soup tureen. I got one from a friend a few years back and had no idea what to do with it (in a practial sense). It's not like you make that much soup in one day:)

I can wait to find a lovely blooming plant for mine.

Love your blog!!!!

Debbie

Fete et Fleur said...

This table and your kitchen are beautiful! I've always been intimidated of painting furniture and walls. You've inspired me to try.

Thanks! Nancy

Suzy said...

OH Cindy,
I just love your fresh kitchen and your "new" table. I am always amazed how full of energy you are and those ideas!!! You are just really amazing!

Love Suzy

Angela said...

Job well done!! Wouldn't know that the table hasn't always been white:-). Great idea for the use of the soup turrene also..
Have a wonderful day!!
Angela

the feathered nest said...

It looks really really good! I'm thrilled that I painted my table white even though it tortured me to do it! I know what you mean by too many ideas not enough time. Me too. Love that the soup tureen planter!

Manuela

Judy said...

Your chairs backs are so pretty I don't think you need to cover them. But you're like me, you want something for a change. Have you seen the little chair "shrugs" I call them? It's a little "cap" you put on the back of the chairs that only cover about 1/3rd of the chair back. Whatever you do will look great!

Lynda said...

Your table looks fabulous! I love the plant in the soup tureen. I'm the same way ... too many ideas and not enough money!

hoganfe said...

Such an amazing talent - that table is simply gorgeous!
xo
Mary
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Rosemary said...

Hi Cindy,
The table looks so good, especially with your new/old chairs.
I say when in doubt, paint it.
Rosemary

Patty Ann said...

I would love to see the table set for an intimate dinner party. Valentine's Day would be a perfect time to splash the table with a bit of red. (Even if it's with your daughter). Great job.

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy great job on the table. It looks lovely. When it looks so fabulous I don't think you realy need to find a more formal table.
Alison

jilly said...

Oh I LOVE it! I love painting things! I painted a dresser this past weekend, it will be my project of the week tomorrow. I would love to paint my dining room table and chairs, but I can't get anyone to agree with me. .

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

What a wonderful job you did and I particularly love the way you layered the linens on the table top.

Your home oozes with charm and romance.

Marilyn

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Very pretty, Cindy! I see you are still painting away over there. Looks very nice & just your style. Amazing what a little paint can do.

Rhoda

Rachel Going said...

Cindy, I've admired your blog for a few months. Since I am a new blogger, 2008, I'm delighted to add your blog to my list of favorites! You're home decor is beautiful, and I have a mirror stairway wall too!!!!
xo Rachel

Gail McCormack said...

You've achieved so much over the last few weeks Cindy, we have a table very similar to your before one, I've been meaning to paint the top for years, it may just get done very soon as I love the look of yours. Yes wouldn't the shutters look wonderful either side of your mirror, you'll come across some no doubt!

Mary said...

Every time I see a new picture of something you've done, a great big sigh escapes. Your place literally takes my breath away! Sooooo pretty!
xoxo,
Mary

Rhondi said...

Hi Cindy. Your dining room is charming. It's what I would call cottage elegance. Is there such a thing? Maybe you've invented a new style! Isn't it amazing what a little white paint can do. I just love what you've done with your home. Rhondi

PattieJ said...

Another awesome paint job of yours! Looks beautiful!!

Lisa said...

This is another project that has turned out great. I like the plant in the tureen. Will have to "steal" that idea one of these days too. Thanks for inspiring me again.

Susie Q said...

I love it Cindy. So pretty and fresh.
I have a new tureen that I had planned to use as a centerpiece this Spring. I had planned to get some Spring flowers to place inside. I too love the real look. It do have some silk here and there, especially on top of the tall cabinets as a little touch here and there. : )

Just glorious as always Cindy!

Hugs,
Sue

Debbie from NJ said...

Oh cindy,

the table turned out lovely! I agree you may have found a new style! cottage elegance sounds perfect!Another great job!!

Tara said...

You are so talented! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Cindy,
I have a table exactly like yours. What a great idea to paint the top white. I had never thought of that. A very quick, easy, and inexpensive way to change a table! Thanks so much for sharing. It's just beautifully Shabby Chic! Amy

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

You have been so busy lady!! Another great looking project!
It surely doesn't seem like there are ever enough hours in the day! But you have gotten a lot accomplished!
Barbara
Southern Lady's Vintage

One Woman's Cottage Life said...

Cindy, the table looks great! It's amazing how a little paint can transform a piece! It looks wonderful in your romantic dining setting...great job!

Nan said...

Your table looks great white. It is amazing how a little paint will change the look of an older piece.
Hugs,
Nan

BittersweetPunkin said...

Cindy it looks great!
Blessings,
Robin

cherished*vintage said...

All your hard work of sanding, priming, and painting has paid off! Everything turned out beautiful! Enjoy!
-Karoline

Thirkellgirl said...

Now why haven't *I ever thought of putting a pretty plant in my soup tureen? I'm inspired by your photos everyday. Off to find something the cat won't eat...

Shari said...

The table was cute before but now it's FABULOUS! And I'm still amazed at the transformation of those chairs.

Tracy said...

The table looks lovely! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects and your romantic home. :)

VintageGirlatHeart said...

Oh my goodness, I have the same table... I actually picked it and 4 chairs up curbside... someone had thrown them out!!! Maybe I will paint mine too.. you make everything look so elegant and cozy!! I am amazed at all of the ideas you have and the fact that you do it all by yourself!!!! Do you work in the Home Decor Industry?/ If not, you should!!!

joan said...

Cindy,

I think you did a great job. It all looks so nice and welcoming. How do you get your photos to look like they have a glow around them, I really like that.

Sandra@Shabby Rose Cottage said...

Your table and kitchen turned out great. It is amazing what a little paint can do. I think you have inspired me to go for it in my kitchen!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Oh my goodness ! I love your blog !! I am going to add you to my favorites so I can just click and visit often !!
Your before and after pics are great ~ I love your style of decor and you have very much encouraged me to repaint my kitchen ~
xoxo,
Lori

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Paint and sand paper can make all the differance in the world! your table is lovely, and isn't it nice to not have to use a table cloth all the time?

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

I love the table! Doesn't it feel good?

Cottage Magpie said...

I love the table! It looks fantastic!
~Angela :-)

Betty Jo said...

I missed this post way back when. The table your mom gave you is exactly like the one I bought at a thrift store recently. Same top, legs, everything. It is now my desk. ♥

mytoothfairypillow said...

Cindy,
I just got a table exactly like this over the week-end at a yard sale. My plan is to paint it, so I googled "how to paint furniture" and the top link was to your blog page on how to paint furniture.
My table came with 4 chairs that I will also be painting, in fact, I will be painting the chairs first. Do you have any hints for sanding in between and around the narrow vertical slats that make up the back of the chair?
Thanks SO MUCH for sharing.
June

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

June, you can use those sand paper sponges to sand that, there are some that are very thin foam and they are easy to bend around things.

I don't have this table anymore, I ended up finding another one that I also painted white.

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That looks great! Casamodern offers wide range of Tables.

Rose said...

Cindy you said you'd like to do some chair covers for your dining room chairs so you could change them with your mood. A friend of mine gave me a chair cover to make a pattern for her out of that would work for your chairs to. All you owuld basically do is throw it over your chairs and you could fix a tie to tie it on with. It doesn't require much fabric either. I think they're for ladder back chairs but you could just draw out your chair bottom for the bottom part of it. Anyway just an idea. I'll have to post a pic of what I am referring to on my blog so you can see.