for a while now i have been looking for a kids table. I hate all the ones i have seen and even some of the super expensive ones have been a bit blah. I knew what i was looking for. Something that didnt look like it was flat pack or plastic. I wanted wood and an interesting shape. I had no luck asking on facebook groups but thank fully finally found something that would work at the op shop. So for $8 i got this side table.
As you can see its not in the best shape. The stain was flaking off and it needed some lovin. So i set off for bunnings to get some supplies. The lovey man there tried to find some cheap paint for me with no luck and even offered me his kids old table from their garage! Bless. I declined. I was set on my little table. So i settled for the tin of grey paint i had leftover from Rues cot. Sadly i had left it on the front porch for 2 years and naturally the lid had rusted closed. So i did what any self respecting person would do and jammed my screwdriver through the lid…what? You wouldnt do that??
We had paint! I used a very course sandpaper to take the whole finish off and strip it back to bare wood. It was suprisingly easy and only took about 10mins. The top was a little warped from wet that had seeped in over the years but i decided it added charm. I used two coats for the legs and three for the top as it would see the most wear. Thank goodness it was a warm day and each coat dried in no time.
I even got a little sun in between coats!
I left it outside until nightfall then brought it in to avoid frost which we still might get even in the middle of spring. It was still a little tacky so i assume it should be left for a full 24hrs. But as i am very impatient i wanted to get a start on the design. I used a pencil to sketch it in (took me over an hour to find a pencil) then a dab of acrylic paint. A spray or two of sealant (which i should have done outside as its very smelly but thankfully its bedtime so the loungeroom has time to air) and i was done!i love how it turned out. Simple but pritty. I decided moths were more boyish than birds.
I did debate putting some little brown mushrooms on too and still might but for now im happy with the moths.
Sanding block: $3.49
Time: about an hour to sand and paint and 30mins for the moths.
All up a super cute custom table for under $20.
Next step is to customise the chairs. Two for $5 from the opshop!
Am i the only one who loves looking inside other peoples houses? Im always fascinated by what they have in there, how they live. And i have to admit that i judge people by their houses. Which is funny because i was discussing decorating with a friend recently and we both said that we hope no one judges us on our home because nothing inside is to our taste. both of our partners tell us they hate our taste in furniture but what they dont realise is that the furniture we have is there because it serves a purpose and was affordable. If i had the time and money i would throw out everything i own and redecorate! for example, we currently have a large three seater, brown, puffy recliner and two matching single seaters. I hate them, i actually couldnt think of much worse. BUT. We have them because our old ones were salmon pink leather, or green floral and were so worn out you nearly fell through them. So we needed new ones, i was pregnant, and the ones we got were on sale for half price. Then all of the other furniture is BD’s because at the time i moved in i had just moved out of my own place and sold all my furniture but a bed. So its large, wooden, you get the drift, bachelor furniture. Plus he is a hoarder and if its free he takes it regardless of if we need it or already have one…or 3. Anyway. I went to a friends house recently and noticed a few things. She had nothing on the walls and little else besides some couches. I wondered if this was how she liked it or if she just hadnt got around to doing anything with it (they moved a few months ago). But to me a good home has a mix of old and new. If its all new furniture it looks cold and unlived in. you need to have a few interesting pieces to give the house a story. My mum for example has a china hutch and some interesting knick nacks from her travels but the rest is modern furnishings. As for things on the walls i think you have to have some artwork or photos, right? show who lives there and make the house 3D.
Since going back to work i have been dreaming of what to replace in my own house first. I would love a dining table, something wooden and round but BD refuses to get a round table for some odd reason and im considering turning the dining room into a play room anyway (we never have guests). Next on the list are a bed and a lounge. The bed because his is of the large wooden variety and creaks badly. I would love a nice ornamental one without a foot board, i have something against foot boards. Maybe something like this. Of course BD wants to get a whole bedroom set with bedside tables and a chest of draws but i told him that there is nothing worse than having matchy matchy furniture plus he would refuse to throw out the furniture we already have so would end out with 4 bedside tables…
For the lounge i would love something comfortable in grey with a chase. Issue here is that our lounge room is so badly set out that we have little options in arranging furniture. We have the long wall with the window, a small section of wall between the heater and sliding door opposet the window and the wall the TV is on. which means that we have to sit side on to the TV all the time because if we moved the lounge around you would have to walk around it to get in the room.
Mixing tastes with a partner is the hardest part i think. If only he would give me free reign!
I have a tree up! I wanted a real tree for the first time ever but BD said no way. He claims they are full of bugs and make a mess. Both points i dont care about but i have to repect his wish as he has to live with it too. So plan B. BD had a fake tree in the garage.
I went for simple. After christmas im going to make the most of the sales and get a big white christmas tree for next year. I am also going to pick up some small potted trees to scatter around the house for next year. I love that idea. That way its not thrown out in January and its festive in more than one room. I had to dog proof this tree so i supported it with these little stools which also served as a resting place for this wicker basket which i can stack the presents in so they wont get chewed on. You might also notice a small hand print ornament. This was made with air dry clay which i picked up for $8 at Bunnings then finished with some gloss finishing spray also from bunnings. Next step will to be to get some twinkle lights up. Love me some twinkle lights. The rest of the ornaments are newish. When i moved to my own place a few years back i realised i had no ornaments so i have bought a few a year. I have a sheep on a wagon from New Zealand, a painting santa and a nutcracker. My ultimate would be a santa in a hot air balloon as it was my fave on mums tree when i was little. Havent had luck finding him yet.