Our breakfast nook is a small area sandwiched between our kitchen and family room. It’s cozy and relaxed with an upscale farmhouse feel. The round handmade farm table, four chairs, and a little side table make up all the furniture in the nook. You have seen the table and chairs so many times but because of its placement, the little farmhouse style side table gets hidden. It’s really too bad it’s always hiding because it is one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
The little table was once a golden oak 1990’s sofa table that I painted and now I use for a small sideboard of sorts. This was the very first piece of furniture I ever painted. It was way before I learned about chalk-type paints. I sanded it down and mixed my own colors using samples of latex paint. I had no idea what I was doing!
I wanted the table to look old and kinda crusty but really I had no idea what I was doing! I’m like that. Always getting involved in projects that I think I can do.
My mantra is “how hard can this be”. Let me tell you… sometimes it can be very hard!
So I painted and blended and rubbed and dry brushed and sanded and antiqued and waxed. Working like crazy but not knowing at all how to paint a piece of furniture with my how-hard-can-it-be attitude.
The top of the table and the bottom shelf were stained black. Again, not a clue what I was doing… just “doing” anyway!
This table gets such a workout! It sits under a very sunny window looking out onto our porch and patio. The hen lamp as been with me for decades. I found her in a small shop near Washington DC. It no longer is in business! And even though my love of hens and roosters flew away about 15 years ago she remains. She is a staple on this table. She rules the roost here perched on a stack of books on a squatty stool!
However, the items on the top of the small sideboard change often with my whim.
The bleeding hearts are blooming on the side of StoneGable, so it was time to bring some in. I planted them several years back because they remind me of my grandmother. She had bleeding hearts in her yard and I loved them so as a girl.
I put just a few graceful arching stems in white milk bottles. Don’t you think bleeding hearts were meant for white milk bottles?
And aren’t “bleeding hearts” the perfect name for these delicate flowers? The are such old fashioned flowers. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to them.
Some of my favorite cookbooks live on this table! I love to read cookbooks. I don’t have to be looking for a recipe to read a cookbook. I love to be inspired by them. The large dark blue cookbook is The Making Of A Cook. A textbook and renowned cookbook for many aspiring chefs. I fancy myself someday cooking through it from the beginning to the end.
There are some things I like the idea of it more than actually doing it! Cooking thought The Making Of A Cook is one.
Did you notice the runner? I made it from burlap ribbon. So easy! You can see how to make it HERE.
It’s outdoor dining season now. So I brought up my plastic white dishes (Target on sale a couple years ago) and nestled them in an old 7 Up crate along with a black and white table runner and salt and pepper shakers.
Next to it is a galvanized carrier filled with Mason jars and white handled flatware wrapped in black and white checked napkins. We use the Mason jars as drinking glasses. Ice tea tastes so much better from a Mason jar!
The 7 Up crate and bottle holder filled with what we need to set a table will stay there, right by the back door, from now until early fall.
This is such an easy way to set an outdoor table. Everything is ready to be taken outside! Easy peasy. Isn’t that how eating al fresco should be?
I love the utilitarian-ness of this little table. And how unassuming it is and how I have come to love it in my home. It reminds me that pretty comes in all shapes, sizes and conditions! And things can be lovely just for their usefulness!
I’m so happy that I did not get rid of this table when it became so unfashionable and dated. I’m constantly amazed what a little paint can do for a piece… even if you have no idea what you are doing!
Do you have a piece of furniture that has seen better days but could still be useful? Try slapping a little paint on it to give it a second life!
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