Our new coffee table slash folding tables a.k.a. tv trays, being presented to you by the beautiful Miss Sadie!
These tables were passed on to Scott and our family by an amazing relative who was fondly called Grandpa Chuck. He was grandpa by marriage but that didn't matter to us. He was the greatest. He was always tinkering away in his wood shop. He made all kinds of toys and furniture for the family. It was a privilege to receive something made by Chuck. When he wasn't in the wood shop he was in the garden growing some gorgeous flowers and veggies while Helen was in the kitchen canning and preserving. We used to go visit them at their home near the beach and play Pinochle with them for hours. Then we would pig out on sugar free ice cream (because Helen was diabetic) and sit and talk until bedtime. They were always bantering back and forth...so cute. Such great memories of the good times we had together. They were so fun. They taught us so much. Miss them bunches!
So these folding tables carry with them a lot of fond memories.
We wouldn't want to part with them.
BUT...I did want to lighten them up a bit. Give them a little bit of fun personality to go with our space. I don't think Grandpa Chuck would mind. I hope not!
First I painted them with a crisp white.
Then, as you see in the picture above, I taped off a large chevron stripe
(or arrow) on each table. I used Maison Blanche paint in Cobblestone to add the stripe detail. I wanted the stripe to be somewhat subtle and not overpower the rest of the room, but still add interest.
(Maison Blanche paint is available at Fox Hollow Cottage if you are interested)
Once the chevron stripe was completed I removed the masking tape:
They just needed a couple of touch ups where the white paint had chipped and they were done.
Now they look good enough to use as a coffee table in this room.
Perfect for setting a steaming mug of coffee on, or holding a laptop. Easily moved out of the way and folded up for when I exercise in here.
They can even be pulled apart and used as "t.v. trays" from time to time. ;)
Although we don't have a television in this room.
My orchid (minus blooms!) looks great here too. (Anyone have any orchid care or advice for me - I'm open to hear it. Poor little thing just won't bloom.)
|(Let's just pretend you don't see the primed end table in these pics...it's mid makeover :)|
What do you think about the new look?
Partying with Liz Marie :)
and Miss Mustard Seed
Roeshel at DIY Showoff
Diana's Pin Me Party
and Chic on a Shoestring
Oh and Courtney at French Country Cottage!
I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Rustic Pig
The DIYers Link Party
The Dedicated House