What a difference a week can make.
As of last week, the picture on the left shows what this table looked like. It had been on my back porch for about three years (after buying it at an antique shop) and had deteriorated to the point of losing part of the lower shelf. Also, the table top was split completely in half.
You can see where the top is off-set just a little at the right front, and when you pulled both sections, it separated completely. The only things holding this jewel together were the legs.
It was headed to the trash heap when I decided to try my hand at reviving it. What did I have to lose?
One leg had come loose from the slot under the table top, so I slipped it back into place, loaded the crack in the table top with wood glue, and tied a huge rubber-band-type strap around it to let the glue set up.
To attach the broken part of the shelf, I turned it over and screwed two 1″ x 2″ slats through all three sections of the lower shelf. That process connected the broken piece of the shelf and each side piece still attached to the legs. I also added wood glue between those pieces before attaching the new slats.
Now, I know for sure that HBD (Handy Builder Dad) would do a much better job at repairing this table. He’s talented with wood working. Me – not so much. Anyway, practice helps us learn, right?
I lightly sanded it to get the loose chunks of paint off, then I loaded it full of Annie Sloan pure white chalk paint. I had purchased three colors of her paints and the clear and dark waxes while visiting PAM the week prior and couldn’t wait to get my hands in it. Pricey, yes. I had tried a cheaper substitute for my Child’s Antique Rocker Reno, and it worked well, but I wanted to see the difference (if there was any).
I wanted to paint stripes in the direction of the splits in order to hide any imperfections in my re-attachment (not that there were any – wink). It was strange to me that the wood grain in the top and bottom were running in opposite directions, but I went with it.
After painting the aqua stripes (called Florence), I added the French linen. Love that color.
In running the stripes in opposite directions, I decided to stripe the colors in opposites, as well. See the contrast?
A little paint came off when removing the tape, but I’d expected it would. Chippy is so “in”, and it’ll be real chippy again in no time on the back porch. I sanded the jagged edges of the chippy part and rubbed the top with the clear wax.
Oops! I’d forgotten! The Annie Sloan salesperson told me not to use the wax for outdoor pieces, since it will cause them to mildew. So much for following instructions! I guess I have a test area now, just to see if she’s right.
Does this motivate you to work on any deteriorating porch pieces? If not, you’re welcome to come on over. I have more things in need of repair.
What? You don’t want to? Oh, I get it. You prefer watching me do it. I understand. It’s a popular practice around here at our house. I’m not calling any names or anything…SD and FS. (Wink)
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SEASONAL SUNDAYS at The Tablescaper
LET’S GET SOCIAL SUNDAY at Memories by the Mile
GIVE ME THE GOODS MONDAY at Rain on a Tin Roof
METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY at Between Naps On The Porch
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MONDAY FUNDAY LINK PARTY at An Extraordinary Day
MOD MIX MONDAY at Mod Vintage Life
MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY at Alderberry Hill
PROJECT INSPIRED LINKY PARTY at Setting For Four
CREATIVELY TUESDAY at The Rustic Pig
SHARE IT ONE MORE TIME at One More Time
UNDER $100 LINKY PARTY at Beyond The Picket Fence
EFFORTS AND ASSETS at Hickory Trail
THE SCOOP LINK PARTY at Crafty Texas Girls
TIME TO SHINE at A Diamond in the Stuff
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Thru Life
THE GATHERING SPOT at Mamal Diane
TUESDAY TRIVIA at Memories By The Mile
TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style
WEDNESDAY’S ADORNED FROM ABOVE BLOG HOP at Adorned From Above
WHATEVER GOES WEDNESDAY at Someday Crafts
SHARING WITH THE DOMESTIC SUPERHERO at Domestic Superhero
OPEN HOUSE PARTY THURSDAYS at No Minimalist Here
TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY at Stone Gable
TGIF LINK PARTY at A Peak Into My Paradise
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House
FRUGAL FRIDAY at The Shabby Nest
FABULOUSLY CREATIVE LINKY PARTY at Jennifer Rizzo
FIDLIN’ FRIDAYS at Fidlers Under One Roof
FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY at French Country Cottage
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS at Crafts ala mode
SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY at It’s Overflowing
PARTY JUNK LINK PARTY at Funky Junk
GET SCHOOLED SATURDAY at Too Much Time On My Hands
BLITZED ON PINTEREST LINK PARTY at On Sutton Place