I've been on a quest to find a dining room table for months. And on every outing to the D.I. (local thrift store) I've always retured home empty handed. In my defense, I need an eight seater table. Apprantly they are hard to come by...even in Utah.
Then one day, on a whim, I decided to stop by the thrift store. I had already been there once that day and had no luck, but I went with my gut. And what do you know? There she was...gleaming in the celestial light of the fluorescent bulbs above. I was so happy I almost cried...almost.
I know she doesn't look like much...no scrolling or intricate carvings or interesting lines. But to me she was perfect.
I allowed myself the satisfaction of a subtle victory dance (think James Brown) and then proceeded to the cashier to purchase my treasure.
Initially I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish the beast. I thought about painting her, but I didn't want her competing with these little beauties.
Wild and bold...maybe just a titch.
I was concerned that a painted table might be a little too much, what with all the pattern and color going on with the chairs (I didn't want anyones eyes to start hemorrhaging when they walked in the kitchen). So I nixed that idea.
Then I considered sanding her down and restaining her, but deep down I knew I was way to lazy to take that kind of work on. So that idea too, was nixed.
Then it struck me...glaze. I love glaze. It's always come through for me in the past. I was a little skeptical at first.
I had never glazed over natural wood before. But I just went with it and ended up being pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
I really like the slat-ish top of the table and I love how the glaze just pools in all of the crevices. I also like that I was able to maintain the look of wood, without all of the sanding and staining. Now I just hope that she will stand up to the wear and tear of five uber active kiddies.
The dining area is still a work in progress as far as decorating goes. But now that I finally have table I can start working on that. Here she is in her new home.
I guess that the moral of the post today is...glaze is good, so don't be afraid to use it.
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