I can’t believe that this didn’t occur to me earlier… I think it was just one of those things that was so much a fixture in my home I almost didn’t even see it anymore – does that make sense? I can go to someone’s house and see a piece of missing baseboard and think “Why wouldn’t you just fix that??” and then I come home and don’t even notice the missing light switch plate in my bedroom or the hole in the wall at the top of the stairs that’s been there for THREE YEARS.
Yah. When it comes to my own stuff, I think I might be in denial.
But this table isn’t so bad… In fact, a part of me even loved its old, worn, vintage feel.
It was part of a set that
everyone’s my parents owned back in the 70s. I remember eating after school snacks at it when I was pretty young, and as I grew it was the those tables that were pulled out for dinner in front of the tv, card games with my friends and on the days I was home sick from school it would be right next to the sofa with a bowl of tomato soup and Premium crackers on it.
Being a kid was the BEST.
Anyway, the set of tables hung around for years and years until one of them made its way over to my house. My oldest child had her tonsils and adenoids out, and my mom figured it was time to pass the
tray torch on to us I guess. LOL. So, here it has stayed for the last five years. We use it quite often, never once lamenting the fact that it’s OLD, rusted, and fairly ugly.
Then yesterday, as I walked past it, I suddenly saw it for what it is and I knew I needed to breathe some new life into this trusty old member of the family! A quick wipe down, a can of Rustoleum spray paint in “Satin Nickel” and a roll of Contact paper was all I needed to give this old gal a makeover!
I took it outside, flipped it upside down and gave the legs a nice new paint job. Yes – OUTSIDE! It was GORGEOUS outside yesterday and I cannot tell you how amazing it felt to be out on the driveway getting covered in some paint! Once it dried, I brought it back in to work on the top. I had a roll of Contact paper that I bought at Target a while back, so I just measure the surface of the table and then cut it to size:
Contact paper is awesome because it has measurements on that back that make it super simple to get the exact size you need.
Once you’ve measured and cut your paper, the backing peels off and you just apply it to your surface like one large sticker. It looks really cute now – totally freshened up and MUCH nicer on the eyes!
And yes, I DO have a desk… but it’s often covered with stuff and when I’m sitting at it my back is to the kids – and we all know how THAT turns out. So, admittedly I usually end up sitting in my little “blogging corner” with my coffee. I have to say, that corner looks a WHOLE lot sweeter now!
And when the table is folded up and put off to the side, it’s a lot nicer to look at the pretty new pattern than it was to look at a rusty old brown thing!
As for that awesome and mildly ugly old chair, I will be addressing that shortly. LOVE the chair, hate the fabric. Just another item on the to-do list, but at least it’s not offensive to look at in the meantime.
Ever taken an old, dying item and brought it back to life? I almost wish we still had the rest of the tables so I could redo them too… they’d make a cute set!
Happy Monday from B’s Blogging Corner! LOL…