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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Reviving An Old Table



I bought this table at a thrift shop about 40 yrs. ago, and it has been all over every house I've lived in.  All those years were really showing it's wear, so it has been in the garage. 


 Poor little table, it is so cute with it's two pull out shelves, but it needs some help desperately.





 A good cleaning and a gentle sanding with fine steel wool.  I don't want to totally refinish the piece, I love it's character and patina, I just want to freshen it up.


 I gave it a touch up with some maple stain and then a little paste wax.  Not perfect, but definitely so much better.





 Just the perfect size to go between the hubby's chair and the sofa.


 There's even a place for the DH to put his drink on the little shelf.


 A small urn and my little lamb and it works great.

                                                          I am linking to Savvy Southern Style for WUW

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits. 

34 comments:

  1. I love it! the pull out tray is something I wish I had by my chair!!

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  2. You did a great job giving your table a makeover, Marty! I also love the little pull out tray; I would love to find something just like that for our sitting room.

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha.

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  3. Great job, it looks wonderful and I like how you have it accessorized. Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

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  4. Marty this is a classic piece and you were so smart to just touch it up. It really turned out well and that table is a forever piece!!xo Kathysue

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  5. I think the table is just right both for the job at hand & the finish is just right!!
    Marilyn

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  6. I love that table!! I love the little pull out trays!! It looks lovely since you touched it up!

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  7. Brava for the retouch! Too many people might have painted it; that seems to be the prevailing style. I think the table's appreciating the care you gave it. ;^)

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  8. Turned out very nice. Aren't you glad you got it out and gave it another chance!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  9. It looks GREAT!!! Yo are SO my inspiration! I am going back out to the patio now to work on my current project! Before reading your blog I NEVER entertained the notion of refinishing ANYTHING! Now EVERYTHING I look at seems to be a possiblity!

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  10. What a cure little table and you found the perfect spot for it! It looks terrific in it's new HOME! XO, Pinky

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  11. It looks wonderful now. It is a darling table.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  12. Great job cleaning up the table. It looks brand new now. Love where you moved it.

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  13. Love the pull out tray...that's what makes those old pieces treasures. Have a great evening...~Ann

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  14. Marty, what a great finish on that beautiful table. I have the same little lamb.

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  15. It looks wonderful Marty. The finish has wonderful patina.

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  16. This is why I love accent tables, Marty! Your refresher looks great and this is such a great size. I'm not surprised that you've used it for so many years; they work in so many different rooms.

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  17. Love those little pull out trays. You really freshened up this little workhorse. She looks great!
    Tammy

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  18. Re-purposing things we already has gives us such a feeling of accompolishment. You did a wonderful job in giving this darling table a new life and purpose. hugs ~lynne~

    p.s. I'm wondering if you hadn't gotten my email about your butter slab?

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  19. You made it look wonderful! Great idea...glad you didn't paint it! I've never used paste wax but obviously it does a great job!

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  20. I love this little table. I think I would have painted the legs black. It is so classic, I think that would kick it up a notch!!

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  21. You are such the clever one -- love that little table -- and just a clever fix!

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  22. A little freshening up was definitely all this table needed. I was holding my breath as I read because I was so afraid that you were going to paint this. The natural wood with a little maple stain is perfect.

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  23. Marty, she stands proud once again. Nice little table, I love the pull outs on it.

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  24. Great job! The table deserved a second chance at life:) I love that you stained it instead of painting the table. Looking good.

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  25. Love it! This table is amazing! Great job!xx

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  26. An excellent makeover Marty. I love the honey gold finish on it and the pull out trays are adorable! and the cute lamb, he looks so happy there! Everything looks so warm and inviting. Thanks for being such a gracious hostess each week!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  27. It looks nice in its natural maple colored state like that, Marty. Good, solid wood pieces like that are nice in their original colors.
    Very nicely done!

    fondly,
    Rett

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  28. Oh, what a great little table! And you restored it just right and didn't totally remake it (which I love). I hope you are having a wonderful day Marty!

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  29. I like that you didn't cover up the age, only enhanced it. I know painted pieces are the thing now, but I still love natural wood.

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  30. That is a really nice little table! I love the little pull out tray. With my hubby I would need to have a coaster nearby before I would let him put anything on it!! LOL! Love how you refreshed it! Hugs!

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  31. Wow, 40 years ago! Looks richer and happier!

    Ruthie

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  32. Hi lovely lady.
    I love this little table so sweet. I also would need to have some coaster nearby ~~~ I don't like water stains on my wood.
    I hope you and your lovely family have a Great Week.
    XXOO
    Diane

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