Today I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane…or table lane. So many pieces of furniture run through my shop and I never get the chance to tell you about each one. I thought it would be fun to focus on tables and show you how my photography and skills have changed in the last two years because we’re always learning and growing, right? Check out my table transformations.
I’ve put together 20 of some of the tables that have come through my shop for a whirl through the past. Ready? Let’s go! *consider yourself warned this is photo heavy!!
I’m going to start with a library table I happened upon while looking for furniture for the home we had just moved into back in 2003. (I told you I was going waaaay back)
They were having half off on some of the items that had been there too long and I spied this antique pine table. I needed something to occupy our long walls, and though I thought this one was too long, I just had to have it because the price tag was right – $20.
We made it fit in our living room for several years, but eventually it was hid behind our upright grand piano standing on end. Sad, I know, but we needed the space for other things. It wasn’t until two years ago I decided to give it a makeover because the top was so badly marked up and it needed to go to a new home where it would be loved.
The top was painted a charcoal/chocolate gray and I whitewashed the legs. Take a look at my awesome photography skills back then. bleck. Even with the lack of a good shot, this table sold within hours and I can’t tell you the number of requests I’ve had to see if I had another. Onto more table transformations!
Found this handsome iron beauty at a thrift store for a couple of dollars. This one first puzzled me because it had a leather top and I had no idea what to do with it, but my eyes kept being drawn to those geometric legs.
In this makeover, math became my best friend, and I drew my design with ruler in hand and created a harlequin top. Much better, don’t you think? This beauty is now living it up in Texas.
Found this unique cherry hexagon side table at a garage sale for $3. It was in great shape, but had a broken piece at the bottom that was easily repaired.
With some white paint and glazing, this table was brought back to life. Again, this was from about 2 years ago and most of my pictures were for product shots and I had a lot to learn about lighting and making use of a tripod and timer.
Next up is a pair of matching, but not totally matching side tables I bought off of Craigslist for $15.
They had wear and some minimal damage, but were in overall great structural shape. One of my favorite paints is antique white for its versatility to go in almost any decor, and that’s what this pair got.
The next piece was a coffee table I found for around $10 at a thrift store and loved the intricate carvings on the side. This is another of my first table transformations.
A little crayon artists had added details at some point. meh. However, it really was in good shape and I decided to use my antique white again with distressing. This picture was taken with a point-and-shoot, with light on (mistake!) and no tripod.
While driving home one day, I spied this table upside down in a pile of curbside trash with one leg sticking out.
Can you believe someone trashed a Mid Century Modern Acclaim table by Lane!! Just look at that dove-tailed woodwork….gorgeous. In pristine condition, one of these could go for over $300.
We used this table all over our house for many years as is, even as a nightstand while we awaited the completion of our bedroom makeover. All that was wrong with it was some damage to the top that was easily repaired. I wanted to snazz it up a bit and add a contrasting color. White it was.
Funky fun retro, isn’t it? This once trashed treasure is now a part of a doctor’s office in New York. Happy ending.
These next two table transformations were also sat for the trash in the same pile. The snow was flying and pregnant me parked on a non-parking street while I held up traffic. After my head popped back out of digging I saw the trash truck waiting behind me and all sorts of people giving me “the look”. Ah well…couldn’t let them be smashed!!
Agua paint with gold dipped legs, just made this piece sing.
The other table, a 1980’s glass-top side table just had a cigarette burn.
I wanted to make this piece pop, so I used coral to bring it new life.
The coral table behind this sweet vintage pedestal table I found at a garage sale for $3.
It too only had some wear to the top, and just needed some loving.
This coffee table was given to me for free because it’s leg had been busted off.
I just made a simple brace and replace the broken dowel and it was as good as new.
I used a dark charcoal paint on the table and a light aqua on the pulls. My kids and I all thought it looked like a crab. hahahaha….
I’ve shown these two before in my Modern Masters metallic paint review and am still loving that Queen Anne library table.
This oak coffee table/entertainment stand was pretty unloved. Since the snow was flying I felt like being at the beach, and that inspired this transformation, and other projects I blogged about here.
Rope pulls, new trim, and a sunbleached stained top gave this classic piece a lift.
$10 was the Craigslist price of this antique inspired empire table. Those curves drew me in…swoon.
With a new stained top and vintage brass pulls, this lady was ready for display. Wish I had room to keep this one, but it didn’t last long in my shop.
Went to a garage sale in the freezing winter and found this gorgeous semi-circle table for $10.
I wanted to make this sweet table look rich and draw out those intricate inlaid brass pieces. Much better, right? This table flew out of my shop in minutes…love it!
One of my favorite table transformations was this intricate table found at a local resale shop.
The full makeover is here, but it’s a fun read if you want the details on how I came to finishing this piece.
If you’re still with me (and I hope you are!) I’ll just show you a few more tables and hope you enjoy their makeovers.
Now…you have to tell me which one(s) are your favorite!! Share any you love to inspire others. Thanks!
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