Saturday, May 4, 2013

Here's Something I think You'll Really Like....

This project has been simmering in my mind for a while.  I couldn't decide whether to go all out retro, funky modern or shabby or something in between.  I think that's such an apt description for my style, though.  I like ALL the pretty things.

Anyway...this is what we started with....It is a 50's or 60's veneer top table with chrome legs.  I've always wanted one.  I still do.  You see, I only saw a corner of the table top at the auction.  When I saw the whole thing alone in the parking lot, well that was a different story.  The legs were rusty and there was some sort of sticky grime on them.  Gross.  The table top was scratched and chipped and most of the cracked ice pattern was worn right off.  I was only sad for a moment, because...CHALLENGE!!!

First step was to scrub down the metal pieces.  I used find sandpaper, steel wool and finally silver spray paint.

Then I painted a coat of primer on top of that cracked ice pattern laminate table top from the 50's or 60's.  I know, it was hard for me too.  Awww, it's ok--come here sweetie.  There-there, sometimes we just need to let go.  That poor cracked ice was never going to be right again.

Then I found some pretty fabric at the store.  Yes, FABRIC!  Hello Mod Podge!  (Does anyone else call it MODGE PODGE?  No?  Me neither.... eh hemmm...)

So basically, I glued it on and then applied a layer of Modge, I mean MOD Podge to it and let it dry and then applied six or seven coats of poly, sanding in between each after the third or fourth-I lost track.

Now she has a new life as a border collie sun shelter.

So, now I'm on the hunt for some chairs.  Ideally, I'd love to find four matching vinyl chairs to reupholster, but I'm thinking four mismatched chairs painted the same blue as the flowers would be cute too.  We'll see!

Thanks for stopping in!



  1. Rocky and Bullwinkle love it, and so do I!!!! It looks awesome. So beautiful. xoxoxo

    1. Now if I could only pull four vinyl chairs out of my hat!

  2. Do Border Collies actually need chairs? :)

    1. Well if you were go by the amount of black and white hair on the chairs in my living room-then yes, Border Collies do need chairs. And couches. And brand new rugs. And backpacks left on the floor that can't possibly be comfortable to lay on...but what do I know?

  3. I am very happy to find this! I have one with black legs, gold table rim, and a faded wood grain top. I have 4 matching chairs with a rose mauve color vinyl… I have had them for years but have been not had the guts to do anything to it! Love what you did! Could you possibly let me know what type of primer, fabric, and poly you used that would be wonderful! I am definitely starting this asap! Im thinking of doing some polka dot fabric! Also, how has the finish held up so far? Do you use the table for meals and such?