Monday, June 29, 2015

The Home Depot Parking Lot Table





I find furniture all over the place: estate sales, private sales, flea markets, garage sales, and sometimes even on the side of the road. But this table was a first for me. I bought it off a truck in a Home Depot parking lot!

I just had to run in Home Depot for a quick stop and parked right next to a truck loaded with furniture. And on the top of this pile of furniture was this antique round table that I immediately spotted. Sorry no picture - when I am going to remember that I blog, too? I waited for the owner to come out and managed to negotiate a fair price in my limited Spanish!

It was a cosmetic mess. But structurally it was in great condition for its age. The legs were secure and didn't wobble and the drawers were intact and worked. I put the stripper on the top as soon as I got home. (And remembered to sort of take the before picture!)


After I stripped the top, I was really pleased with the beautiful wood grain. There were minor scratches and I literally had the palm sander in my hand about to sand them down when I stopped. I don't know why, but something about those scratches really pulled at my heart strings. Here was this little table from probably the 30's or 40's that had seen a lot of action in its time. And each one of those scratches told a story about the table's past. I'm probably being overly nostalgic - or maybe I've sniffing too many paint fumes lately!

The top got a very light coat of General Finishes Antique Walnut....




And while I was waiting for the top to properly cure, I painted the base of the table and legs in my favorite white: a 50/50 mix of General Finishes Snow White and Antique White.




I gave the little feet a pedicure with BarKeeper's Friend. I didn't go overboard because I liked the patina.





And I was careful not to overdo the same with the cute little lion pulls.




I'm so happy with the results that I'm actually thinking of keeping this one! So keep your eyes out for furniture all over the place - even the Home Depot parking lot!





Have a great week and a fabulous 4th of July!



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15 comments:

  1. What a fantastic find! The details are outstanding!
    Found you through Between Naps on the Porch.
    Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca

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    1. I was in the right place at the right time! Thanks for stopping by from Met Monday!

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  2. ?Cuanto cuesta? and Escriba All that's necessary LOL

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    1. And yet, I'm not even sure what that means! So much for those high school and college Spanish classes!

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  3. I have a table just like this that was my grandmother's. When we were moving it to our house, it fell out of the truck and skidded, top down, on the side of the road. I was heartbroken. But my husband sanded it down - it was solid wood, not veneer, and we restained it - and I've been using it for probably 35 years now! I'm glad you rescued yours and hope you will enjoy it.

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    1. It was the miracle chair, Joy, and destined to stay with you forever! I'm sure we will enjoy ours as well!

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  4. LOL, love the story of how to acquired this table. You did a beautiful job on it's makeover!

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  5. wow, lucky you! Or maybe it was grit standing there waiting to bargain. I've been trying to find a round table like that for a while.

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  6. I just found my second round table last week for $5 at an auction. The first one turned out great after some work but lives with my daughter. This one is staying home. Great job on your table.

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  7. This looks fab, I love everything about it. And keeping the scratches is not sentimental , it's preserving history!

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  9. The first thing I like to do before I paint a piece is to give it a good cleaning (after removing the hardware, demir leather

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