03 January 2012

A Roadside Revival

Some of you may remember my post a while back of my roadside finds.  Mr T picked up this table for me from a few streets over:


What a lovely orange colour - not.  It had a few light scratches on the top, was dirty and grimy and had obviously been attacked by some little critter, but otherwise in fantastic condition.


I had these chairs sitting in the garage for ages that I scored at the auctions for about $2 each.  I actually have six of them, but only needed the four for this project.  Two of them have a flat top and the other two have the curves.  I liked this idea of having them a bit different - adds a bit of character.


The colour I wanted to use for this project was a light mint green and whaddya know, Mr T had a ginormous tin of it sitting in his work van.  Have I mentioned before how handy it is to have a painter as a husband?

I started by spraying the bottom of the table and the chairs (after sanding of course)...

 Taped up and ready to turn over for undercoating the bottom


I always wait until I do the first undercoat to see where there are scratches, dents or holes that need filling.  I find it much easier to pick out the flaws after a coat of paint.  Although this bite mark was pretty obvious!

In the meantime, for some reason Mr T felt compelled to take a photo of me in my finest attire :(



I know you're overwhelmed by my attractiveness.  I try my best.

I really wanted to stain the top but I was scared that I might have to strip it (which I haven't done before), but to my delight when I started sanding I discovered that the only layer on top was a varnish.  Woo-hoo!  So I went hell for leather with 60 grit sandpaper and it came out beautiful and raw.



Sore arms but this was the result.  Beautiful eh?

I then applied Ash Brown stain to the top and about four coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.  Firstly, I lather the top with the poly and rub it in, leave it for five minutes and then come back and wipe the excess off.  After that's dry, I do the same process again.  When it's dry I give it a very light sand with 600 grit, clean the top and then saturate it again. This time I use the 600 grit and lightly sand the poly into the grain, then wipe off the excess.  It comes out unbelievably smooth and shiny!  Everybody does it different, but this works for me.

After distressing the bottom of the table and the chairs, I applied an English Walnut stain over the top and wiped off.  Here is the table before and after:



I found the perfect fabric at Spotlight. I cut out some new seats for the chairs as they didn't come with any.  I cut the foam and stapled on the fabric.  The colouring goes so well together I think.







Slight scratch on the edge that I couldn't get rid of.



I think it looks very French country.

I finished this on New Years Eve and it sold last night!  Even better, the lady who wanted to purchase it sent her parents around to inspect it and to make an offer on her behalf. As he was rubbing down the chairs and the table top and inspecting every inch, I told him that I always put a lot of love into my work.  He said that he used to restore furniture for a living and he also did the same Shabby French finishes, but that he was now retired.  He then he went on to say that he could tell I put a lot of love and time into it because it was top quality workmanship!  So you can imagine how proud and happy I was to get such wonderful feedback from an old pro.  :D

I have a goal to finish all the things in my garage by mid March.  This has inspired me even more and has given me the kick up the bum that I think I needed.

Megan x



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44 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you did a beautiful job! it doesn't look like the same table and chairs!!!
and i think i look even better when i work- yeah baby. hot stuff.

Le Jay.K said...

I love your color scheme, I have done the exact same table before (which was also a street find). You did a beautiful job. love it !!

Jess

Restyled Vintage said...

Great job Meg, I love the colour! How do you sell your stuff? Ebay? Gumtree? Haven't tried online options here yet, but think I need to start!

Cute photos of you, but the way ;P

xx Karen

Makeminemidcentury said...

Oh my! I really love it! Especially the table top.

What wonderful feedback from your purchaser. What a lovely fellow. I'd be stoked too!

Artsy VaVa said...

Lovely! The colors and fabric you chose are gorgeous!

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

I love it so much! Do you have a shop or do you do online stuff? I want to sell my things too.

And I've been trying to email you about the affiliate thing but it keeps getting send back to me. I'd love to work with you. Give me a few days and I'll get the banner to you.

E.A.P said...

This looks so fab!!! You're so good at this. Happy New year.x

Raine and Sage said...

It is really gorgeous, and that table top is positively gleaming!
Surely with a few sales you can visit D-Town this yr... xx

jeanetteann said...

What a lovely set. No wonder they were happy,it's gorgeous. I think they got an absolute bargain. x jeanetteann

Allison@FabRehab said...

That is gorgeous!! The stuff you find on the roadside is amazing! So jealous!

Feral Turtle said...

BEAUTIFUL! I am so impressed with your non stop talent! I love the colors you chose for your set. Happy New Years to you and your family! Looking forward to all your creative endeavours and the inspiration you give me in 2012.

The Southern Product Queen said...

Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

Jackie said...

Great job; I love the fabric! Great contrast with the red and minty green

Holly said...

I love this! French Country delicious! I'm your newest fan! -Holly @ bellanest.blogspot.com

Our Delightful Home said...

Amazing job!

~Mrs. Delightful
ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

That looks so great ... what an awesome rescue!

{northern cottage} said...

Sooo happy to feature your dresser & now your table that you've linked up is gorgeous - get out!! perfection!

So glad you could join in the fun! Go on & spread the word to your other friends down under!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Full Circle Creations said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the fabrice too. Congrats on the sale and the compliments!

Holly

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

It's lovely - The color and fabric you chose are beautiful. I would have been pretty excited to get a thumbs up from the old pro too!

BabiesandBargains said...

I love the colors! I have a table very similar and I wish I could get brave enough to re paint/stain it but my hubby says its gonna be a lot of work :(

Pam said...

Now that roadside find came out really cute.

A place 2 call home said...

This looks great. I love the color. Great job!

Kammy's Korner said...

love, love, love, love, LOVE! It makes me want to sit down to a sandwich and lemonade REALLY BAD. Also is making me long for spring!!!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is GORGEOUS and I LOVE it! I love the colors and the fabric! It does look french country and that is my FAVORITE style!

Lucky purchaser!!

Lou Cinda :)

New Follower :)))

Cinthya said...

Amazing transformation. Wow. I would love if you linked this to: http://www.eyeheart.ca/2012/01/anything-goes-at-eye-heart-8.html

Thanks.

Cinthya

Paint Me White said...

Love the table, great job Sandy

Sandy said...

A woman after my own heart!...lol
Most of my furniture was rescued from the side of the road! You are doing such a beautiful job on the table and chairs.. you should be proud!
Sandy

Jeanne said...

I love to see roadside finds restored but this one was the most beautiful finished one I have ever seen. Fabulous!

whimsicalperspective said...

Love the paint color and fabric combination! Great Job!

notes of sincerity said...

*LOVE* your table and chairs makeover!

Judy said...

What an awesome trash to treasure project. I love the color combination and the fabric is gorgeous. It is very country french, one of my favorite styles. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign. You are very talented!!

Twice Nice said...

So pretty! Great save!

Ms. Redo said...

I love some roadside finds, and I love the way you made it so gorgeous. The chairs are amazing, too, love that fabric. You must be an amazing furniture artist! Thanks for sharing, I saw you link at Savvy Southern Style. Hugs ~ Mary

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I shared this on It's Overflowing's FB page! Love the transformation! I bought one to refinish and sale from a thrift store the other day. Just a few bucks. Can't wait to make it beautiful!!! XO, Aimee

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

AMAZING!

You did an absolutely fantastic job, I love love love it!

That buyer is so lucky to own these beauties! And her father? That is the ultimate compliment, no doubt!

WhyCuzICan said...

You did a wonderful job on those pieces and when a retired refinisher says so, well, consider that a friendly "kick in the bum".. good luck to you-- I hope ALL of your projects turn out this well AND sell THAT DANG QUICKLY! Whew!


Thanks for sharing with us all :D
Visiting via: ItsOverFlowing With Creativity's linky party,
~Suzanne in NW Illinois

Elisabeth Andrée said...

You did a beautiful job! Like the way your table and chairs look now!

Tanya@takesix said...

That's a fabulous makeover. I love the color, and the red with it! Great job!

Cindy said...

it's gorgeous and i love the color of the base. gotta love those curbside finds....'cuz free is good!!! the fabric is really pretty and i love the color combo...

xo, cindy

Inspired by you said...

Looks great! I love your color choice.

Reenie said...

Love it!! And great compliment :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love this...popped on over from Sassy and was not surprised it was your work at all. Ya know what I love the most....the choice of fabric. I never, ever would have put that with this but it looks fabulous. I play it too safe. This is an amazing set and you should be proud!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

I SAW THE TABLE AT SASSY SITES AND CAME OVER. LOVE THE COLOR YOU CHOSE AND I LOVE THESE TABLES. HAVE DONE A FEW MYSELF AND HAVE ONE WAITING IN THE GARAGE. BEAUTIFUL!

Tonya said...

This really is GORGEOUS! Saw your feature on "Its Overflowing" & had to come by & see it for myself! The color is beautiful! You did a fantastic job!