Everyone around these parts knows that come clean-up day, the Sulis’ always have the best garbage. Garbage-picking is a rite of passage in Nova Scotia, and to say I wasn’t thrilled with this year’s bounty would be a lie. I got a metal table frame, some plastic lawn furniture, and a brand new wine fridge! I thought I was done for this season’s pick -up, but as luck would have it, not quite.
Lindsay, Mom and I were having coffee on the veranda, which happens to be a great vantage point down the way to the Sulis’ drive. Mom spotted their junk pile and said they had some tables out, so Linds and I sauntered down the street to investigate further. Sure enough, they had put out a matching set of two side tables and a coffee table: solid hardwood. Score!
It takes a certain je ne sais quoi to garbage pick during the light of day, in your own neighbourhood, from your friends. Most pickers do their rummaging in the dead of night, when they won’t be seen and/or judged by society. I knew a find like this wouldn’t last long, so there was no choice but to nut up and grab the tables. We tried to act casual and breezy, but just as we were getting ready to lug them up the hill…the door opened and out came Ashlyn. She mocked us and we all laughed.
I was seriously so pumped about these tables. I needed some for our bedroom and had been looking all over (in stores, not the garbage) but couldn’t find any I really liked for a price I was happy with. I am comfortable assuming that finding these tables was fate, destiny, whatever. They were in excellent condition, just needed a little freshening up.
I started by removing the table tops, which took no time at all. I flipped the tables upside down and took out the screws that were holding the top to the bottom with my electric drill.
I sanded down the tops using my electric sander and 60 grit discs. Once all the old finish was off, I smoothed them out using 120 grit to prepare them for the stain.
I went with one coat of Ebony, followed by a coat of Classic Gray, both by Minwax. I only let the gray sit for about six or seven minutes before wiping it off because I didn’t want it to look too blue.
I let them dry overnight in the garage and followed up with two clear coats of satin poly the next day.
As the poly was drying, I painted the legs using Rust-oleum ‘Chalked’ spray paint in linen white. It was the first time I’d used this paint (I think it’s a new product) and I really liked it!
It does give that “chalk paint” finish that a lot of people go nuts for. It took almost four cans to cover both tables, which cost roughly $40.
The last thing I needed in order to ‘flip’ these diamonds in the rough was to change out the hardware. I replaced the round wooden knobs with cup drawer pulls (which were aptly named ‘Allison’).
I got them at Canadian Tire for $8 — but they were originally nickel finish. My gold spray paint made short work of that.
Hot damn I am happy about this project. $48 for two “new” side tables that aren’t made out of cardboard is a reason to celebrate in my world. HUGE thank you to the Sulis family and their high quality garbage. I am already excited for next year.
I’m off to Toronto for a week, but upon my return I am finally going to tackle our new bed, and complete the bedroom makeover! #domesticgoals