Friday, September 24, 2010

Our free find!

We were driving down the road on a Saturday afternoon a few months ago and saw a "free" sign next to a bunch of furniture. We assumed that a yard sale had just ended and they just wanted to get rid of the stuff, but we must have been the first people there. We pulled over, and realized that in three different places were pieces of a table - the base, the top, and a leaf. It was in bad shape - it was nicked up and there were different colors of paint splattered on it, and the middle leaf had never been painted. We threw it in the back of our car and put it in our basement, thinking that if we got around to it, we could potentially get it in good enough shape to use. Our current dining table was one that my parents had refinished when they'd first gotten married, and is nice but small, seating only 4 people.

We pulled it out a couple of weeks ago and decided we'd try to get it in good shape. We sanded it, primed it, and painted it. Although it took 4 coats of paint and 3 trips to Home Depot, we finally finished it (along with some help from my mom last week)!

We sanded the edges to give it a distressed look, which was hard to do because there was a layer of white paint underneath.

I think it turned out really well! We also snagged a side table (you can see the edge of it in the top picture), a desk for Will one day, and a bed frame - all for free...a pretty successful afternoon!


Jenny @ Practically Perfect... said...[Reply to comment]

Very nice finds! Makes me miss having a car to haul stuff around like that!

Fran Pierce said...[Reply to comment]

Wow! I'm impressed with the finished product!
Worth all the effort!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

it looks really great! i love good deals...especially free ones!

Candice said...[Reply to comment]

Beautiful! Ya'll did a wonderful job!
Candice :)

Amber Vestal said...[Reply to comment]

That looks so good! I want to do our table like that too, but am too intimidated to get started. Tips? Did you look up something online to teach you?

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