Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Continuing The Theme Of Working With What I Have

Okay, not much DIY'ing has been going on around here for awhile, I find it's fallen to the bottom rung in terms of priorities. But, as I mentioned in an earlier post, if there is any design work to be done this year in my house it will focus on working with what I have and getting to those little tweaks here and there that have been calling out to me!


I'm still loving the DIY Bamboo Light Fixture above our kitchen nook table...


...but what I'm not liking is the look of the table these days. Serves me right for purchasing a table with a veneer top. Never again I tell you! I've been tossing around a couple solutions. One that was under consideration was to sand it down and give it a natural finish...


...like the table in our bonus room I refinished with Briwax Liming Wax. However, who knows how the veneer would behave when sanded and what types of wood the table is made of. Perhaps a mix of woods, tones and grains, so that idea got nixed. My second solution is to paint. Using SW Adhesion Primer, their ProClassics Paint designed to use on furniture and a protective coating, I think it will be a great solution.


And to lighten up the space, I'm pretty sure I'll be painting the table SW Gray Area, the same color that was used when the kitchen island got a makeover. But, of course all this is up for discussion...things have a way of evolving once a project is begun!

26 comments :

  1. I can't wait to see what you do. I have a similar table and have been itching to give it a makeover.

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  2. Bring it on. My kitchen table has been stripped and just sitting there with no finish for the last 13 years. Talk about a project that stalled. I can't decide if I want to stain the top and paint the pedestal or vice versa. So it sits with a table cloth on it at all times.

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  3. How exciting - I can't wait to see the finished project! What wonderful ideas and taste (love the bamboo!) Have a terrific Tuesday!

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  4. Can't wait to see what you do, I know it will be fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Love that Natural Coffee table! Good luck with the painting...I am sure whatever you choose will be gorgeous!

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  6. I really e enjoyed going back and reading your bamboo light DIY. Im having to work with what Ive got too, and need some inspiration! Thanks!
    Nancy@Powell Brower

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  7. I really e enjoyed going back and reading your bamboo light DIY. Im having to work with what Ive got too, and need some inspiration! Thanks!
    Nancy@Powell Brower

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  8. Great tip about SW Adhesion primer and I say go for it. My husband always gives me a hard time about painting wood, even veneer. After all the work is done, it always looks better.

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  9. I think painting it is a great idea. I'm sure it will look fab like all the rest of your projects! :)

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  10. I keep wanting to go lighter and lighter with everything in our house. Can't wait to see how your table turns out.

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  11. I like the idea of painting it. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

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  12. Cant wait to see what your going to do. I have some projects that I am doing the same thing.

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  13. Yes, they do, Janell! It is amazing how I can get diverted from one project and onto another! I think the table will look great painted that color. I'm with you on the tweaking with what you already have. I still have a couple of rooms to do that to, too. My one big project room that I am eager to get to is our sunroom paint job. That should be getting done in the next few weeks and then I have a new sectional being delivered.

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  14. You're so right. Can't wait to see what you do.

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  15. Sounds like the perfect idea- I think that color will be perfect!

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  16. So I'm totally off topic but couldn't help but notice the drapes behind the table. I have some PB peyton drapes in oatmeal that look similar and have been wanting to trim them out somehow. Did you do those, have a tutorial, or buy them that way? Thanks so much!

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  17. Can't wait to see what you come up with! We weeded out last year, and I am trying to use only things I have on hand as well.

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  18. We're doing much of the same...trying to use and work with what we have. I look forward to seeing your painting project!

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  19. It's hard to see from the picture, but it looks like it's just some scratching. Could you just lightly sand that with some steelwool, restain and put a harder wearing finish on top? If the veneer is lifting that's fairly easy to fix and would need to be done anyway.
    I'm just kinda liking the juxtaposition of the wood with the colours of the chairs...but I'm thinking you just want to get your painting on:)! Everything you do is beautiful, so I'm sure, in the end, this will be too.
    Teresa

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  20. Terri, the drapes. I sewed them, one width of fabric down the middle, with another width of the darker fabric cut in half and sewn to the edges. I wanted the contrast and also for the drapes to be full enough to still look good when closed. I don't have a tutorial on these specific ones, but here is one to my drapery tutorial:

    http://isabellaandmaxrooms.blogspot.com/search/label/Drapery%20Panel%20Instructions

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  21. Good luck. I just purchased a pedestal table on Craigslist for $60! I am dying to tackle this project, but need to seriously consider how to refinish this table...stain or paint? Second issue...what chairs to pair with the new table? So many choices!

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  22. I know what you mean I am lacking motivation with my own projects at the moment! I think painting the table will look great.

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  24. You know the old saying...give a mouse a cookie.....it seems like one little thought can sometimes take over a whole area. You refinished something, then anything near it is left screaming..."what about me????"
    Hope you are safe from that! Looking forward to see what you come up with.

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  25. i think you should! i really like that color...

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