Table Talk

Hi Cottage Friends.

So, I took time this past week to do some furniture painting, starting with my little $3.99 Goodwill patio table. This is how it looked before.

Not too exciting in its original state, but after applying a can of Rustoleum Antique White spray paint, it took on a whole new personality. Not only does the white bring out all the pretty details, but it brightens up this spot, too.

Another one of my thrift store finds got a makeover this week. While nosing around Habitat for Humanity recently, I found this little table with no price on it. 

A nice young man who works there told me I could have it for $7.00. Needless to say, I happily took it home. I knew it would be perfect next to my chair and ottoman.

I didn't want a large table, just a side table big enough to hold my coffee while I have my morning devotions. (Right now I'm enjoying online Morning and Evenings devotionals by Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon's wisdom and ability to articulate biblical principles with heart and candor inspire me.)

I debated about how to paint this table since it sits in front of my floor lamp (new from the days when I worked at Pier 1) which has a lot of distressing. I love the lamp and didn't want my table to compete with it. Then I came across a pin on Pinterest that inspired me.


I wondered what would happen if I sanded the finish off the top of my little table. Would I end up with the same natural color as the inspiration table? It turns out my intuition was right and that the original wood is very close to the color of the wood on the inspiration table. Painting the rest of the table white was easy peasy. I still need to put a protective wax or poly on the top, but I'm happy with the finished product.

I took my granddaughter to brunch today to celebrate her 19th birthday. Her birthday was actually last week, but between her work schedule (she's a CNA, working her way through nursing school -- I'm so proud of that young lady) and my work schedule, we had to postpone our date until today. We enjoyed eggs benedict and lots of girl talk. When we got back to her parents' house I hung out with everyone for awhile and then headed home. On the way home I stopped at one of my favorite thrift stores just to look. I really didn't plan on buying anything. However, I did find another table for my living room; solid wood priced at $15.

You know I'm going to change it up, don't you? Any thoughts on what I should do?



  1. Hi Nancy. Ohhhh I love the table with the natural wood on top and white for the base. It looks so good and what a score on the price. The one you got on your way home is another good buy. I love the curvy legs. Glad you could have some time with your granddaughter for her birthday. Have a good week. xoxo Kris

  2. I'm a bit behind with my blog visit, this is the busiest time of year for me work-wise and I'm not even complaining, I feel lucky to still have work, but I missed all your adventures in your new home. So exciting to have a blank canvas to work with and I love everything you've done so far.

  3. Hi Nancy! Looks like you are enjoying yourself! I love what you've done with a paintbrush and some paint. The lighter colors on the furniture makes a huge difference, doesn't it!

  4. So good to see another post from you dear Nancy. What great finds and wonderful new looks. You are making your sweet home even lovelier with all that you do. Have a wonderful week ~ FlowerLady

  5. what a transformation for the little table, Looks so perfect in your patio area. Also like the table with the sanded top, I wouldn't have thought of that, but it looks quite perfect there with the lamp behind. Good luck to your granddaughter. I'm a retired RN, and loved my career as I hope she will.

  6. I love all your table finds! Amazing what some white paint can do! The outdoor one is darlng now.. you can actually see it! And love what you did to the little table by your chair. Great idea... so fun to find inspiration on Pinterest isn't it? It looks just perfect there with your lamp. Also love the curvy legged table... it looks so sweet and sturdy. Of course me, I would paint it white or cream.. but not sure what else you have in your living area for colors. I say I would paint it, but I haven't painted anything for years, other than spray painting a few outdoor pieces. I love spray paint! So easy.If I was brave, I would paint something pink for inside my house! Happy Birthday to your granddaughter... how proud you must be that she is going for her CNA license! Happy Monday!

  7. oh Nancy I love what you've done with your bargain table, it looks gorgeous. It's good that you were able to spend some quality time with your granddaughter. I can do DIY but I'm not a very good ideas person, but I know that you will come up with an excellent make over for the new table :-)

  8. You are inspiring me to check out the new to me thrift stores for the furniture I am going to need in my new place (as soon as we find it and get moved in!). Solid wood is a treasure!

  9. love your new looks for your thrift store treasures. Very happy you treated your granddaughter to lunch. Good one on one time. Surprise us with your thoughts on the wooden side table. Be well and have a great week♥

  10. Hi Nancy,
    Happy Birthday to your granddaughter and how sweet for the special time together.
    I like your tables. And I am excited to have you share this house project with us.

  11. You have a good eye for what something could look like with a little paint. It's going to be fun following along to see how you update your home. I have enjoyed your posts for many years. It's inspiring to see how you have picked up and moved on with a new life. God bless.

  12. Your sweet home is coming together so nicely. Patio perfect table and chairs. Even though you have gray in the carpet and chair I might paint it Annie Sloan gray and then do a dry brush white over the gray. Or white base/legs and a darker wood top. I would just move away from the yellow tones of that light wood. Good solid wood score. Happy Summer to you.

  13. Love them both, Nancy. How about a shabby-chic treatment for the new table? I love the mug too ♥

  14. Hi Nancy! My name is Pam, and I discovered you through Junk Chic Cottage. I love your series on small living. Are you going to bring it back? Hope so!

    1. Hi Pam. I’m glad you enjoyed the LLISS series. As far as reviving it, I have no plans to do so. It literally takes days for me just to do one post. Searching the internet for homes, asking permission to use photos and then down loading them and eventually writing the post after awhile became overwhelming and no longer enjoyable. I’ve always said when blogging is no longer fun, I’ll quit. Or at least change directions. And that’s what I did.

  15. I really like your redone table. Just the perfect size for your coffee. How is your kitchen counter coming along? Hugs, Debbie

  16. Oh, I LOVE what you did with both of those tables! You truly have a gift, dear friend. I can only imagine how pretty the new table will be, too. I think it would look beautiful done the same exact way as your little chairside table with the antique white around and the distressed top. I am sure whatever you do, it will be amazing. God bless you!

  17. The white paint on your secret garden patio table is perfect. It lightens up the area and
    accents the green chairs. Good choice. But you have that creative eye that I simply do
    not. With the lavender plants it really pops. Good thing you stop occasionally for
    the unbelievable finds. New tables for your new home! Sounds like a fun time with
    your granddaughter. I'm sure this is a wonder for you to be so close in proximity now.
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. You have an eye and gift from God, to spot something and then to make it new again.
    What a blessing for us to see you create and be happy!

  19. I think we should call you the 'table whisperer'! I love each of the tables you've redone and I can't wait to see what you do with your new, little table. I bought a dining room table at our local thrift store. It was marked one ninety dollars but the lady gave it to me for sixty because it had been there for awhile and she wanted to use the space for something else. I've been using it as is, but it needs to be painted. Want to come help me paint it? My dear, little mother enjoyed the Spurgeon Morning and Evening devotionals in her last years. I have them on my bookshelf and plan to start enjoying them soon.

  20. I like your new version of the table! They all are beautiful. Your creative touch for doing these things blesses your home and family. Goodwill is such a great place to find old items and make them new to us! Blessings to you, my friend!

  21. I love how you changed to small table. This one would look good like that too!


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