Chevron Stripe Table Makeover ~ a.k.a. Folding TV Tables

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:

Much better!  
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?

Better, right!?

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  1. I love it Sherry! Looks great!! I have yet to do a furniture piece, but you do a great job!

  2. Looks fantastic Sherry I'm sure Grandpa chuck would love it :)

  3. I think your Grandpa Chuck would love these, Sherry! Such sweet sentimental pieces...they turned out wonderful!

  4. What a great way to preserve memories AND have a lovely coffee table! Good for you...

    hugs x

  5. Great redo with your table! Looks perfect in your room! Thanks for sharing Sherry! :-)

  6. you're so creative!


  7. Soo cute!! Love it and your living room is awesome.

    Stephanie @ thestyledsoul.wordpress.com

  8. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. I love your blog, its super cute :)
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    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  9. I think it's great that you were able to make these tables work in your decor. Sentimental pieces are so important. I've wanted to try the Maison Blanche paint for so long. Thank you for sharing!

  10. This is so creative! I love end result (and that rug! amazing!) but it was so fun to read the story behind those tables. So sweet. :)

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  11. You are One Smart lady! What an excellent use for these! Love it!

  12. Love it! They look great. I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html

  13. I love everything about this post! What lovely memories you have of Helen and Grandpa Chuck! The table is fabulous - I love the white and the chevron is awesome - such a great update!! SHARING on FB!

  14. OMG - amazing! I love the way you can split them up or use them side by side! Great job!

  15. Love what you have done! Thank you for following my blog I have returned the compliment!
    Alyson :o)

  16. Hi Sherry! This is a great idea!! You are brilliant!! I seriously would have never thought to do that! It turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing at The Rustic Pig! Hugs!! Claire

  17. Hello.

    Nice to meet you. I'm Angel from Sew Crafty Angel. Thanks for visiting my blog and for becoming a follower. I love your blog. Your new look above is awesome. Great job. I am now also following you. I will visit often and hope you will visit me again soon.


  18. Love the chevron!!! You did a great job...no idea on the orchid though.

  19. The tables look great. I love the chevron. Two tables is wonderful, too. They can adapt to your needs and function as seperate pieces or work together as one. Great Job! Pinned it.

  20. Sherry, these are so pretty! I love the colors and the chevron! Thanks for stopping by my page. I have a link party starting today, I would love for you to share these tables! Have a great weekend! I am following you back!

  21. GREAT makeover! Very pretty and matches well with the rest of the furniture, love the added chevrons!
    Following back from
    Marine Wife Mommy & Life

  22. What a beautiful family heirloom and I love how you dressed them up for company. Just hopping around with Linking with my Ladies. I am a new follower! Looking forward to getting to know you.


  23. The Chevron makes this make-over pefect! Love your blog so much...I am following now!

  24. What a fun makeover! They look perfect!

  25. Super adorable! I love how you can change the positions for a different look!! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

  26. i love the simplicity of the pattern, but it still has a great impact on the overall look of the space. wonderful!