Repurposed bar stool table finished

I showed you this much of it a few days ago along with some other ‘in the works’ projects.

Michael attached the stool to the thrifted wood top by screwing through the bottom.

The legs of this bar stool were in very good shape, so I wanted to see if I could use them ‘as is’.   I painted the top my signature aqua blue, then sanded.  The wood showing through the top was too light to match the color of the legs, so I applied a quick coat of stain ON TOP of the painted and sanded top.  Let the stain dry overnight, then applied 2 coats of a water based matte varnish.  finite!

These are very handy little tables for using around the house as a lamp table, bedside table, plant stand, end table or even a little kitchen table ‘for two’.  They are GREAT for use in retail displays too.  I loved using lots of round tables for display when we had our shop.  (no corners to bump into!)  And for some reason ROUND just seems more ‘inviting’.

The FIRST actually HOT day of the year!

Seriously, I think this is a RECORD late date in the year for it to get HOT.  Hot enough for me to wish the AC at home wasn’t inoperable!  Yesterday was the perfect ‘work outside day’, a little overcast, nice breeze and wonderfully tepid!

Got this little stand painted; still deciding on whether or not to distress it.

One of Michael’s ‘make do’ tables with a bar stool base.  We usually use plywood for the tops; just happened I’d recently found this nice butcher block top at a thrift store to use instead.

Nice drop leaf table. 

This one needed a bit of repair work before I painted it.

Old wood kitchen canisters with DOVE TAILED sides!!  I really hated to cover up the dove tail work with paint, but the old decals were really grubby and HAD to be sanded off.  And if I’m going to do THAT much sanding, I’m GONNA paint!

Also got a couple of ‘built from scratch’ pieces that Michael built painted.  A crazy productive day.  Making up for it today in the heat!  I can handle about 20 minutes outside then I have to go in and cool off.  Rest of the finished pictures coming soon!

Time for a do-over!

This shabby Paris style round table made by repurposing a wood bar stool for the base, has made the rounds . . from booth to show and back to our booth again.  Has sat through several special sales, without selling.  Time to take it home for a makeover.

I, personally LOVE the black accents on the aqua furniture; and tables I’ve done the past with this same color combination have sold in a snap.  I’m not sure WHY this one hasn’t sold???  Regardless of the reason, it was time to take it home  and paint it differently.

The recent switch over to mostly white furnishings (with just a few aqua accents) in my space at Stars was the perfect time to bring this table home for it’s much needed make-over.  Not wanting to COMPLETELY re-do the whole thing; I just did a quickie update.  Sanded off the black paint, applied a fresh coat of a lighter aqua paint (leaving the base as is for now; will ‘wait and see’ if I need to re-do that too!)   to the top; and stamped on some white starfish around the edge.

Will be taking it back to Stars for the next booth make-over when I switch back to aqua from the white.

 

Pretty little beach table

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Michael cut a bigger top out of cedar fence boards to place on this old bar stool to make it into a nice little side table.

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I left the wood ‘rough cut’ and dry brushed assorted ‘beachy’ colors.  I just did this ‘free-hand’ so the stripes aren’t ‘perfect’.  Once dry, I sanded it to distress and applied a coat of our weathered wood wash to make it look gray and weathered.

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What a perfect little table for a cottage bedroom or even an end table or patio table!

Now I’m on the hunt for other stuff I can paint using this technique.  I’ve got an old cheese box, some unfinished wood frames . . . . What else?!?!

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Another bistro table and chairs set

The first bistro table and chairs set in our booth at Stars Antique mall sold in a week!  One of those “yahoo!” ~ “uh-oh” kind of times because I didn’t have anything ready to replace it!  I had JUST spent several hours rearranging the space to accommodate a table and chairs and was not in the mood to fully rearrange it again.  What do we have that I can quickly fix up (IN ONE DAY!) to make another bistro set from?!?!?

We have several barstools and plywood tops for tables.  Those are pretty quick to put together and paint.  But all the chairs needed a lot of work.  All we had that would be ‘quick was a pair of these gar stools with white metal bases for the chairs:

The PROBLEM was the table and the stools were the same height!  So we had to devise something to raise the table.   Michael suggested a ‘box’ to mount to the top of the wood stool we were using for the table base.  Sounded fine to me.  I figured you wouldn’t be able to see it anyhow.  I went to work painting the tops of the two stools.

I just happened to wander back into the workshop as Michael was positioning the table top on top of the stool base with the ‘box riser’.  “No, no, NO!  That’s not going to work!” exclaimed the designer.  (moi!)  “Sure it will,” said the builder; “I’ll attach this here and that there and it will hold plenty tight.”

“But it looks WRONG!”  bemoaned the designer, who had thought the wood box would not be visible, but had discovered that it GLARED it’s presence!  “We’ve GOT to have it round all the way up for it to look right!”  she added.  “And you want to have this done WHEN?????” asked the builder.  Today, of course, so it can be delivered tomorrow!  Think . . . think . . . think QUICK, what do we have that we can use to make that square riser ROUND?  How about some metal flashing?!?!?

I was SOOOOO focused on getting this thing done that i didn’t take a picture of what THE BOX looked like on it’s own.  But seeing how much the metal flashing is visible in this photo, you can imagine what it looked like to have a square there instead of a round.  Michael just used some super tacky glue to ‘place’ the flashing, them nailed it to the wood seat of the bar stool base!  TA~DA!!

I LOVE how the flashing looks!  Might even have to use this method again ON PURPOSE!

I painted the table and seats ‘opposing’ colors and pattern. 

Here it is set up in our space at Stars:

Another successful trash to treasure mission!

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Shabby Paris apartment style ~ bistro table and chairs

This is the ‘how I did it’ for the bistro table and chairs shown in the previous post for our space at the antique mall.  Michael ‘scrounged’ these two patio chairs. 

About fifteen years ago I LOVED hunter green!  ACK!!!  The chairs are very sturdy, just an outdated color and a few rusty spots.

We cleaned them up real good and gave them a coat of flat black paint.  I ‘could have’ sanded down the rust spots and used Rustoleum paint to prevent them from rusting again, but I wanted them to retain that worn texture.  I don’t have a very good picture of them after I painted them.   Wasn’t thinking that a picture taken in the booth would not show them off very well because they are so ‘see through’.  My bad!

For the table I started with this old rusty Mediteranean style bar stool base.  Very heavy!  I just cleaned it up and sprayed it iwth a clear coat to keep the rust from ‘shedding’.

Michael attached a scrounged plywood top to the base. I painted it robin’s egg blue; then stamped on a Fleur de lis pattern using a foam stamp and acrylic craft paint.

I wanted the pattern to look a little worn in spots, so I did FOUR impressions per paint loading of the stamp.  That way I’d have less sanding to do afterwards!  (I’m LAZY!!!)

I flipped the stamp upside down for every other row.

PERFECT!  I love the ‘wallpaper’ effect of this stamp!  I’ve used it a few other times as on the backing of shelves (stamped white on a pastel background).    HERE and HERE   Just enough pattern to add interest, but not be distracting.

Then I gave it a couple of coats of a water based water proof matte acrylic varnish. 

Here it is in our booth at the antique mall.

And here’s one of the chairs that you can barely see.

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