Well hi friend! I’m back! I sure hope you missed me a little bit! I received so many wonderful comments from you over my break and lots of great suggestions. The major consensus seemed to be … that you like the blog just the way it is!

So that’s good news for me, because I am pretty much lazy. But there will be a few little tweaks coming in the next few weeks, so get excited. Or don’t. But you can get excited about the cool giveaway that is coming up later today! Yeeeeah baby! (Pretty sure no one quotes Austin Powers anymore. I apologize.)

But not yet. Because first here are some sweet table redos coming atcha!

Let me tell you, I have dining tables on the brain because I’d been scrounging around craigslist looking for a new one for a long time. I finally found one last week, and it was really cute, distressed white, solid wood. So I bought it, got it home, THEN realized that the top of the table is NOT solid wood, just some weird laminate stuff that had a few scratches in it, which had bubbled up from moisture getting under there. Ugh.

So I had this conversation with myself:

“Why didn’t you notice this weird laminate top until AFTER you had bought the table and brought it home?”

“I don’t know! I get nervous! I don’t like standing around stranger’s homes, inspecting their furniture! It appeared to be stable and hadn’t been in a recent fire, so I took it!”

“You are so lame sometimes.”

“I know.”

So the moral of that long and pointless story is, do you know how I can fix this stupid table?

AAAND now, here are those table redos I was talking about so long ago … first from Patty at Nuestras Aventuras en Texas. This table serves as inspiration that “old and dated” is only a coat of paint away from “classic and chic!”


Woah. Can this table possibly be saved? It is so country I expect it to grow arms and start playing the banjo any minute now.

Christina knew there was hope (didn’t hurt that her solid wood table was ACTUALLY solid wood) so she sanded the snot out of it and stained it into deep, dark loveliness. You can’t even notice the heart cutouts, but I think it would be cool to find some sort of applique to cover them with as well. Maybe even a small ceiling medallion?

See more on her blog Christina’s Adventures. 


And here is some more staining action coming your way from Sloane at Eleven.49. See, not everything has to be repainted! It looks brand new.

Thanks so much for sharing ladies! Be sure to stop back in later for the giveaway!




  1. October 15, 2010 / 10:05 PM

    Maybe you could rip the laminate off and do a mosaic-like top using tiles? I think you can get groups of itty-bitty tiles in the bathroom-tile department. (Though, I have no idea if there’s super great looking bathroom tile.)

  2. October 15, 2010 / 11:28 PM

    Yay, you’re back! Don’t feel too bad about your table, I’ve ended up purchasing three (3!!!) tables from CL listings because I didn’t take a good look at it and/or didn’t measure my space. *doh!*

    The first was bea-U-tiful, but um…didn’t come close to fitting in my eat-in kitchen. Assuming we wanted to actually SIT at it. *slaps forehead*

    The second one was such an ordeal to see/pick up (involving driving long distances only to have discovered it was moved to a storage facility) that I pretty much snapped it up without checking it out. Maybe it I had I wouldn’t have ended up with a table and chairs so wobbly that only the cobwebs were holding it together.

    The last table, and the one we currently use, was the best purchase of them all. It’s a nice solid wood pedestal table that actually fits, doesn’t wobble, and only needs slight TLC. The only thing that bugs me is that it CREAKS whenever you lean on it (it opens up to accept leaves). I need to figure how to fix that if possible.

    All told, I probably spent enough money to buy a brand NEW table.

  3. October 15, 2010 / 11:56 PM

    THANK YOU so much for featuring my table!! And I LOVE the idea of using ceiling medallions to cover the hearts!!! I’ll be on the lookout for some of those discounted in the near future…

    Glad you’re back! Thanks again so much!! 🙂

  4. October 16, 2010 / 12:11 AM

    welcome back! I saw on some show once (I think about a basement makeover) where they made a table into a water feature with pretty rocks, and glass on top.
    I thought a variation of some sort (not including the water) would be nice – add an edge around the table, put pretty river rocks or colored glass on the table (glued in place somehow), and then put glass over the top. hmmm…it’s hard to put the picture in my head into words.

  5. October 16, 2010 / 5:54 AM

    Welcome back! (gasp!) love the black table. I’m so gonna do that if I ever find my nerve somewhere. It’s hiding in my kitchen cabinets that want to be painted white saying “no! no! I’m comfortable in here! painting and staining requires work!”


  6. October 16, 2010 / 2:17 PM

    Now, don’t go assuming I’ll be posting regular comments… but I had to answer your plea for help! I have a beautiful, real-live German table. It’s solid and so cool in how it works. But the top is laminate. So, I had my handy-man (aka. husband) create a table top that fits over the existing table! You could paint/stain it if you’d like, but I wrapped mine in yellow polka dot fabric and vinyl. I’ll see if I can find a picture for you. *B

  7. October 16, 2010 / 2:41 PM

    Yes! Old and outdated is only one coat (well, one refinishing job anyway) way from being fabulous!
    If you have time come visit me and take a look at my pool table or poker table.

  8. October 16, 2010 / 3:51 PM

    Welcome Back! I missed your posts all week!!!!

  9. October 16, 2010 / 5:06 PM

    some fabric or wall paper with a piece of glass on top, that’s how I salvaged my favourite (and slightly ratty!) desk.. I am also searching for dining set, panicking as i stand in some strangers dining rooms, stuttering that I think it’s the wrong size and escaping as quickly as possible – it’s so hard to say no once you’re there!

  10. October 17, 2010 / 12:25 AM

    I’m so glad you’re back, I missed my before/after fix this week!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  11. October 17, 2010 / 2:59 AM

    My dining table has the same problem. It is a teak laminate and my dad didn’t know that till he tried to sand out the burn mark from the iron (long story). I got the table when it was 25 and now I’ve had it longer than that. I want to paint it because now the whole thing is trashed. It’s a great table because it goes from seating 4 to 10. 🙂

    Good luck. I know you’ll find the perfect solution.


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