The Black Telephone Redo

So I was driving down the road when I spotted a telephone table on the side of the road, I seem to do that a lot. As I recall I already had a piece of furniture in the car, my 7 year old and I was on my way to my storage to drop of the piece I had in my car. So I drove by that table,

The Telephone Table redone in Elegant Black

The Telephone Table redone in Elegant Black with a Fab Damask Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils

saying to myself enough is enough. I had enough furniture to work on. But a block away, seem to do that a lot too, I couldn’t leave it and I circled back to the loud groans of my son who was now sharing the back seat with the telephone table.

The table reminded me our rotary phone that sat on our telephone table, the sound it made when you dialed it, the distinctive ring. I couldn’t leave it. It was a capsule of memories.

That said it sat around for about 6 months while I got other projects out of the way. Finally ready to tackle it. I decided to go with black. Despite the fact that it was partially covered with kids stickers and had a few moldy oreos stuck to it (I kid you not). I saw Elegance in the piece with its shape and turned legs and I wanted to stay classic.
So I painted it black and decided to stencil in in metallic copper-gold from Cutting Edge Stencils. Now some of you are saying is that really classic? It is to me.
At first it wasn’t loving the black color I got, a was a little more like a dark grey but with a few layers it was rich sophisticated black.

The Telephone Table Before, stickers and all plus a bonus photo bomb by my neighbor's cat

The Telephone Table Before, stickers and all plus a bonus photo bomb by my neighbor’s cat

 I love this big stencil for furniture it gets done in no time.
I was a little in a rush with to get it done to drop it off at a retailer I partner with. I knew I wanted to do some metallic accents on the rest of the piece as well along the turned legs and etc. Getting that detail on the top gave me fits. This was my first time doing this kind of accent on a curves edge and I couldn’t get a straight line. i painted over my original effort and did it again more carefully.
Usually I just drag the edge of a flat brush along the edge that that gives me a very nice line. Guess what it doesn’t work on a rounded edge. If I had had time I would have taped it off, but I didn’t.
So ever so carefully I dragged the brush around the edge. I waxed it up thew it in the car and took it to the store. I almost didn’t have a an after picture. I snapped a few in  the store with my camera.
I was sorry to see it go I loved that table and a shape like that would be perfect in my house. So I’ll have to find another one. Till next time. -Melissa

The Black Telephone Table redo

The Black Telephone Table redo

What to do with this table? make that tables

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

So I went to a garage sale and I saw this beautiful round table. Beautiful yes,  it looked expensive and I a cheap girl, you know what I mean. And I had no idea what to do with it. So I didn’t buy it. Well as I am snuggled in my bed doing my new favorite thing, looking around and getting ideas on Pintrest. I see a similar table, beautifully redone by Kathy at Life on Lake Shore Drive. Wow I think I should have bought that table. It’s the last thing  I think of before I fall asleep. In the morning when I go back the computer there is Kathy’s table on the screen I fell asleep in the middle of pinning it. Maybe the table is still at the sale. So  I grab

The $10 table. How awesome

The $10 table. How awesome. Know it will come out as Beautiful as Kathy’s

my coffee throw the dog in the car and the high tail it over there.

I’m lucky, very lucky the table is the still there and I am every luckier.  When I was there the day before there was an older man there who was spinning tales of grandeur about every piece, he wanted big bucks,  you know like $20, and he had the stories to prove it. When I went back there was a younger man with no stories. I had a feeling this  guy would be much easier to deal with.  How much for the table? $15 he says. I only have $10 I say which is true. Ok. he says. Yeah  nice and easy. I see another table a very rustic table. That’s nice I thought

look at that foot beautiful detail

look at that foot beautiful detail

but what would I do with that? Here we go again.  I left it. As I am running around to Walmart and Home Depot I keep thinking about the new table.  I am not going to buy it unless I have a plan to re-finish it my space is limited. I figured it out, a little chalk paint, a little sanding, I could make this work.  I go zipping back. Maybe I

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

can get it for $5 its pretty rough.

I wait here for about 15 mins for the guy running the sale to return. There are 3 of us waiting. Apparently he’s off returning a rental car, I don’t ask.

As a car pulls up my dreams of a $5 table disappear. It’s the older man with the BS, I mean stories. I knew there was no way I was getting that table for $5. When I ask him for his best price he says, “I know you know what that is.” he says. Here we go. “No.” I say. “It’s antique primitive.” he say.  hmm good bluff . I don’t know what an antique primitive is.  I see an old table.

“I need $15.” he says.

$15 is not a bad starting point

“How about $10.” I say.  “No, no.” he says can do that. He stands firm. Crap I never like to pay more than $1o. I keep talking,  not happy to leave with out it. I offer $12 he accepts. Yeah! He got another $2 out of me.

Before  I bought the table it was covered with garage sale  goodies so I couldn’t see the top. As  I look at it I can see that the table is made from reclaimed wood. It has a ton character. $22 for two awesome tables is a great start. Till next time. Melissa

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