I have been on the lookout for a table for a while now, we are not desperate for a new dining table, in fact the one we have from IKEA has done us so well, indeed it is still in great condition and it wears many hats – it fulfils tablescaping duties quite beautifully, helps with homework, can be found weighed down in various arts and craft supplies and to be quite frank you can do the spray and wipe and it’s as good as new.
Firstly it was a meant to be a short-term dining solution (I zipped to IKEA when we first moved to Australia and had not a stitch of furniture and bought it because it was good value, the right shape and could be extended if needed) and secondly I really wanted something a bit more rustic, a bit country coastal, scrubbed top and I wanted CHUNKY that would go beachy coastal chunky….
and I am telling you people, this is one CHUNKY leg…
I did not rule out a ‘new’ old looking rustic, farmhouse or beachy coastal table, but to be honest I quickly went off that idea – if you have, lately looked at dining tables, you will know that anything with decent timber, in Australia at least (and we all know how inflated Australia’s retail is), is knocking on $5000, yes that said five thousand.
I scoured the beachy boutique shops here too and did find a couple that tickled my coastal fancy, but while aesthetically having my name all over the them, I just found the price tickets so very over the top. I found one in a local-ish shop to here – faded wood planked top, coastal white legs, an ok size…but the quality was mediocre at best – I lifted the corner up in the shop and it nearly hit the ceiling, that light – I turned the ticket over $2250. Hmmmm,
I won’t even talk about the Frenchy shop. That was an eye-opener. There must be people around here with a lot bigger pocket than mine. Or a bigger credit card. Not that I do credit cards.
So, I went back to my original idea of finding one that ticked the boxes that I wanted ticked…that would be
1. chunky legs
2. big old timber solid top
5. preferably vintage / old (to go with it’s new owner )
6. ready for a makeover or as they say showing some love
And recently I found her…with a lot of love on show
She’s big and chunky and ours! (I put the old white chair there to show you the proportions)
How sad and un-loved is she feeling, I mean ladies, does she or does she not need some extra special, oh so coastal, Beach Cottage treatment????
Can you not see that this lady is gonna rock this cottage?
Can you not see me dancing on her with a Peroni, or perhaps modelling my new oh-my-god-I-heart-you baby blue ballet flats???
…actually she is not in too much of a bad way, I wish some of my ahem, problems, were as easy to fix….nothing that some white paint, some sandpaper and some serious elbow grease cannot make right, I have done a similar smaller coffee table that was worse than this and it turned out fab
Here’s what I am going to do with her
1. strip her top of her varnish / stain
2. paint her legs in my famous hand-mixed beach decor white
3. possibly distress her legs for a country coastal look
4. oil her top to smooth out her stains & wrinkles and possibly limewash her
What do you think of this new addition to Beach Cottage Land?
And do you think she was a score? How great that we have saved her!
Oregonian timber that my two lackies, oooops I mean Mr Beach Cottage and Mr TBC could barely lift for twenty dollars short of a ton?
See you next time my Beach Cottage lovelies