Monday, November 1, 2010

The Memory Table

I have had this table sitting in my living for at least 5 years now!

(Don't you love my paint rug?)

We got it for FREE from my brother-in-law! It is a great table because both sides fold down, so the possiblities of where to put it are endless! And just check out these dainty little legs!

It was not in the best shape when we got it. Add to that 5 years and 3 kids and you get some pretty lively damage!

So for the past few weeks I have been going back and forth on what I wanted to do! I knew it HAD to be painted, but I just didn't know the details! When I read this post on Funky Junk Interiors this weekend, my mind started ticking!

She painted this table using words and symbols that meant something to her! I immediately started brainstorming about what I could use! Here is what I came up with:

The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is where Mr. Rustic and I stayed on our honeymoon! 1930 is the year that both my grandmother and grandfather were born. And a crown has come up repeatedly in my adult life, so it seemed fitting to use it here!

The top is painted in my favorite shade of white (which is not nearly as bright as these pictures show!) And the legs are basic black! The entire table has been distressed! The whole idea is for it to look like it was made out of an old sign. I don't know if I accomplished that, but I think it looks Great anyway!

What do you think?

Now the only question is,

"What to put on top of it?"
Thanks for stopping by!

On a side note, there were only a handful of people interested in the Swap Meet. So, for now I am going to wait. :( Maybe after the holidays we will explore the idea again!

I am linking up to these parties:
The DIY Show Off




Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love the idea of putting something so speacial to you on the top.

It looks GREAT!

Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

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Sandie said...

sooo... how did you do it?? Did you use a stencil? whered ya get the stencil etc???

Chrissie said...

Your table is fantastic. It really is something special. You did an excellent job!!

Kimmy said...

What a great idea! I love how this turned out, and I love the idea of using things that mean something to you!

Lisa said...

Since I've seen Donna's at FJI, I too have been contemplating my own sign table. Yours looks great!

Blissful Craziness said...

I love this! Where did you get your crown graphin? Also, did you use a cricket for the letters...such inspiration!

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

What a huuuuge improvement! I love how the lettering is off-centered. Nicely done. As for on top... hmm, flowers are always a good bet, or in my world, fake flowers!

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Looks really great! Love how it turned out.

kathie said...

It came out perfectly!! You did an amazing job on it, and it's extra special that it has meaning for your family. Love!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Leslie, Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I'll be featuring this today - stop by and grab a feature button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Katrine said...

I love this cute little table!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow, this is stunning! You did a wonderful job with my piece as your inspiration. I'm sooo proud. :)

I'll be adding your post link to my table post!

I just love your distressing.. it has a soft hue to it. Very cool!

As for what to put on top? Just go find trinkets that you think will look nice on it. Higher, lower, plant/flowers.. or... how about some rusty gears? Haha!


Kolein said...

This is so beautiful! I LOVE the story it painted! ;>

Just beautiful! I came over via Donna at FJI on FB! But I'm not from the KGB...oh my, all these acronyms flying about!!!

Now I wanna do my little did you make the letters and so forth??? Please do tell!

Have a great evening!

Creative Ambitions said...

Donna's table was one of my fav's ... you did a fantastic job on yours... looks great!! And I love the "story" you used to make it special!

Rene said...

Love it! What a special table you have now.


mizcushy said...

nice personal touch on the table. and it's free. great plus+

Amy Kinser said...

Your table is just fantastic. So pretty and such a sweet story. Great job for sure.

Lacey said...

Um... WOW!.. I LOVE what you did with the table... what a makeover!.. I might have to take inspiration from you on this one!.. Beautiful job!..

Jen said...

Love this table!
I'm featuring it on my blog today!
Hope you don't mind!


Hi. Your table does look like an old sign! It is beautiful, and I love the sentiment.
~ Julie

Laurie at Turner Farm said...

Love sentimental pieces! You did a great job. Love

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

Leslie, PHENOMENAL job on making it look like an old sign. I'm sitting here kicking myself because I had a table like that for the playroom that I donated. Shoot! I would have loved to do what you did. what's your favorite shade of white, and did you use black acrylic paint or latex? I'm really glad you shared this at Project Diaries.

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

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bj said...

Hi..I just came over to take another look at your sign table. It is sooo cute. I am in the middle of doing one and, altho I am craftyLESS, I can't wait for it to dry and start stenciling...
You did an awesome job..when I get mine finished..IF it's photo-worthy, I'll let you know. :)))
xo bj

bj said...

The first round of stenciling had me foaming at the mouth and p'ing my pants...then..I FINALLY learned to use such a tiny bit of paint and they came out sooo good. I am letting it all dry for a couple days and then do my sanding.
I LOVE THESE MEMORY/SIGN TABLES because they are all different and no one will have one just like yours. :)))

Gina Luker said...

I bought this same exact table today - and ran across you when looking for inspiration to redo mine :) Beautiful job!