Remember when I brainstormed this idea for display pieces in my booth at Stars? I had Michael cut three tables in half for me; a dining table, a coffee table and an end table. Painted them all a neutral grey and mounted them and stacked them into some permanent displays.
I LOVED it ‘at the time’, but after about a year I began to feel a tad stifled due to the lack of flexibility with so much of the space not rearrangeable. (I’m sure that’s not a real word, but you know what I mean!)
Soooooooooooooooooooooo . . . when the time came for my recent move to a slightly larger space; the FIRST thing I told Michael was that ‘those tables have got to GO!’. (as in NOT to the new space, that is!) But of course I couldn’t just throw them away. And due to lack of time to try to sell them ‘as is’, they were taken to storage to await my next brainstorm.
Since the table were cut in half, the each only had 2 legs; and we had stabilized them with brackets mounted to the wall. Now I needed four legs again to make use of them. Michael cut and attached some simple 2×2′s for the back legs.
And while the front and back legs do not match each other; it is not uncommon in vintage furniture to have ornate front legs and very plain back legs.
And this is what I did with them! I had Michael build me a couple of tall skinny shelves out of reclaimed wood, painted them to match the table halves and put them on top of the tables! To make it easier to haul and move them, we decided it was best to NOT attach the shelf to the base.
Originally they were supposed to ‘match’. Our ‘system’ for making shelves like this is that Michael cuts all the pieces and I paint them BEFORE he assembles the shelves. It’s MUCH easier and faster that way! Painting those pesky ‘inside corners’ on shelves takes SO much time. Left unassembled I can use a paint roller and painting is a breeze!
Anyhow, Michael put ‘one too many’ shelves in the first one he put together, which left the second shelf missing TWO shelves. I didn’t really want the shelf spaces THAT short, but I wasn’t going to make him take a shelf apart either. So we left the one with four openings and made the other with three, as originally planned.
I left these two totally ‘plain’, and they are not for sale right now. I have ideas for making more pieces ‘along these lines’ that will be for sale. For now these are flanking the entrance to my booth at curiosities.
NOW I just have to figure out how to re-use the two dining table and coffee table pieces?!?!?