Hi Lovelies. So, i’m still internetless and phone reception-less and rather than focus on things i can’t control – like communication. I’m focusing on things i can control – like paint colours and finishes! Today i want to share a little upcycle we did of a cheap-as-chips table we found on Gumtree and which we’ve overhauled to be our new dining room table.
This is what it looked like when we found it
Here’s a bit of a back story about it…
As i’ve mentioned before, The Captain is a Gumtree fiend and when we knew what we were looking at size wise for our dining room space in the new house, we knew it needed a big table. But…there was no budget. So, he put an alert on Gumtree looking for a big table at a bargain price and after a couple of weeks of more misses than hits, lo and freaking behold, something came up! Our new table belonged to a science lab at Stellenbosch University – its enormous (seats 14) and was rescued from the lab by someone who works there. She was selling it because it was too big for her space. It’s a really solid piece with a Sapele wood top and legs that had a bit of a ropy whitewash. We were in two minds whether to paint the legs solid white or grey….the top needed a good sand and a reseal but otherwise it was in really good nick!
So with that in mind, i started looking at Pinterest to see what inspiration lay there and this is what i found…
This is way too rustic for what i want but the colour combo is there
Again, the white wood and black thing is there – i like the idea of solid white legs
Matt varnish is a must for me – i love this wood finish – sapele goes quite a bit darker though
OK, so here is where we are with le table
The wood has come out darker than i had hoped but i think that’s just the nature of sapele – we decided to go solid white with the legs and the apron of the table in the end – it felt like the simplest aesthetic solution
The table has drawers in it which i love – so these need handles. I’ve kept the angles of these shots quite obscure since so much in the house is still not ready to be seen – you can see the ceiling in our outside lounge isn’t in yet in this pic
Now for the chairs…i’m over the transparent chairs. I don’t hate them but i don’t love them! I’m pretty much sold on the idea of black chairs, i’m on a mission to see what’s out there.