Paint is a wonderful thing, and white paint is the most wondrous of cheap ways to renew old things. I know I bang on a lot here about paint and old furniture but I get such a buzz from looking past the current state and seeing beauty in the future possibility of things. This hall table was one of those times where white paint really did perform some magic.
My friend, Rachel, asked me to paint their hall table - they had bought it years ago so cheaply and were thinking of getting rid of it out. She decided it was worth painting to see if they could extend it's life in their home. She picked it up today and was surprised by how the white paint had transformed it.
The hall table was one of those Bali pieces that bled but I got it under control quickly with a sealer and a couple coats of Zinsser BIN. I then gave it two coats of my favourite bright white and a top coat of Miss Mustard Seed's wax. The finish is lovely and shiny and smooth. It's still got raised nails and warped wood and a bit of a dodgy trim on the drawers but it definitely looks new and smart, don't you think?
While I was photographing the table my sweet Charlie decided to photobomb the pic and he wasn't moving! Such a funny dog. He's been following me everywhere lately and snuggling on the couch on top of me at night. I think he's glad the weather is cooler and no longer has to lie under the bathroom vanity in the coolest spot in the house.
The beautiful jug was a present from a friend who we give a lot of our hand-me-downs to. She always gives me gorgeous thank you presents when I pass her daughter down things from my girl. I try and tell her that it's not meant to work like that but really I should shut up because how beautiful is this jug, and how perfectly does it match my kitchen! Thanks Max xx
I think this hall table definitely needs a wicker or wire basket on that lower shelf. This picnic basket that I've used was an op shop find a few years ago. It's got beautiful blue leather plate holders inside and is made in England. I love thinking about who owned it and where it's been and what food they may have packed on their picnics. I love using it on our picnics and trips to the beach but my husband hates carrying it as it's pretty heavy when full. I initially planned to sell it but decided it's too lovely to part with.
You may notice that I rubbed out my "do what you love, love what you do" chalk sign. I'm thinking of what to do next with this chalkboard. Any good quote suggestions or other ideas?
Have a good day, I'm shirking my duties today and am heading off over the Bridge to have a coffee with a friend. I may need to pick up a coffee to make the trip. LOL.