Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Tale of a Table

I have a reputation for loving the odd and quirky things in life - [some stuff that others refer to as junk!] Occasionally my friends offer me their 'throw-outs' and I am never insulted - I am usually delighted.
This side table in my Living Room is the happy ending to one of those stories!My friend Meg asked me if I would like her vintage table lamp stand. Her children refused to take it and she wondered if I would give it a happy home! When it arrived, my family told me they agreed with her family!!! I decided to remove the barley twist top section - with my son's help - and paint the table black! I have white everywhere, so a little black makes a good contrast!
I was left with a gaping hole where the lamp stem was. I found just the thing to cover it. While browsing at a charity store, I found a pack of vintage promotional coaster from Heunis Steel. My son drilled tiny holes into one, which was screwed over the gaping cavity.
I am still thinking about what I can do with the leftover barley twist stem!!I am off to Gauteng tomorrow to catch up on some friends, family and business. I'll be back next week!

13 comments:

Di Overton said...

Ooh I love it. Especially the coaster detail. Why not make a CANDLESTICK from the barley twist leftover, just add a circular wood base to it and drill a hole in the top.

Estelle said...

Well, who'd have thunk???
I am so impressed.
Beautiful and clever!
Keep the stem somewhere as a negotiation tool - when you want to bring something else into the house, you can remind the family that you DID make a compromise.
Didn't know that black paint exists inyour vocab
(-:

Estelle said...

I just had to come and have another look at how clever you and your son are.
I hope Meg doesn't want it back now ....

Xander said...

That's really a gift to be able to look at that table, and see the potential it has. It looks great now!

Have a great time in Gauteng. I hope you let us know if you stumble upon any great cafes or interesting spots-- Bordeaux and I will be heading there soon. -X

tavelhus said...

Your blog is very inspiering!

knackstudio said...

thanks so much for visiting my blog today!! It was great to have you!

This table is fantastic!! Great job!

kat said...

Another lovely re-invention! I'm sure you'll come up with some interesting way to use that barley top.

Anairam said...

Have a lovely trip! You are the Repurposing Diva - I think the table is a great success!

Lauren K said...

Oh my gosh, it looks wonderful, I almost couldn't believe the before/afters. Nicely done!

Eilandkind said...

wow, amazing what you can do with imagination and creativity.

Freshly Found said...

Thanks everyone! It was a very satisfying project!

Alexandra said...

It looks beautiful! What a very clever idea!

Designers' Brew said...

holy cow... GREAT JOB! I wish I had gotten the crafty gene along with the "designer's eye" and "champagne taste, beer budget" ones. Those ones are a pain in my ass.