Last June, I had the opportunity to raid the props department of a local theater group. You may remember, the theater group was forced to move and they had rooms and rooms of unwanted props that they needed to move or they would be tossed.
Hubby and I spent a very sweaty afternoon helping the group move, but in the end we ended up with a car full of projects.
This cute enamel table was among the finds. So why has it taken almost a year to give him his makeover?
Well, he sort of got buried under a bunch of other projects but I’ve finally dug him out and he is ready.
At first glance, the top of this vintage table looked to be in terrible shape. It was full of scratches, dings, water marks, paint drips and black marks.
But wait a minute…that’s white contact paper covering the enamel top. The actual top looks to be in fantastic condition. The contact paper probably protected the enamel top from the wear and tear of the theater.
A razor blade was all that was needed to peel up the old contact paper.
A sander was taken to the legs and the table sides to even out the chippy paint.
Instead of trying to recreate the missing drawer, I cut a board to fit into the space where the drawer had been.
I used wood putty to fill in any gaps around where the drawer had been and sanded smooth.
I knew I wanted to do some kind of paint job on the sides and at some point while mowing the lawn, it came to me…it had to do a black and white pattern. At first it was going to be a checkerboard but then it turned into a harlequin pattern.
Tell me…when you’re hot and sweaty and pushing a lawn mower should you use the ideas you come up with? I don’t know, but I went with it.
I cut a diamond pattern out of paper and working from the center traced around the pattern.
The diamond pattern was painted with 2 coats of a semi-gloss black paint.
Such a cute little table, all ready to be used as a desk or extra work top. Maybe I should put contact paper back on top to protect it for another 60 years. 🙂