As we planned our move from Kingston to Ottawa, I bought another table just weeks before the move (why is this my thing?): our sweet mid-century teak number in the dining room.
The Beast then took up residence in our just-cram-crap-in-there kitchen:
Although it never miraculously became more attractive, it is a fabulous work table because it's huge and can support a lot of weight.
When I first bought it, I wanted to paint it white but when the primer went on it looked horrible, like a big slab of dated melamine. I panicked. I rushed out to buy chemical paint stripper and, at midnight, in my parent's backyard, with giant work lamps set up so it looked bright as day (but creepier - you're welcome neighbours), my Dad, Grandpa and I stripped it. My Grandpa found it way more amusing than he should have. Oh, did I mention we did this right before moving? A few days before a big move is always a good time for a table re-finish. Once we stripped the primer, we sanded and clear varnished The Beast.
Now I'd like to paint it again. Hear that? That's my Grandpa, laughing at me. Or is he crying? Nope. Laughing. He'll say I'm a dummy and I'll end up elbows deep in chemical stripper in the middle of the night again. But I have got too. much. wood in this house! Too much!! The floors, the kitchen, the teak tables. Down in the pit of despair, we need a little colour, a little fun, a little mint.
In fact, we need more touches of colour, period. So my mid-century metal table in the guest room is also going mint! It needs a good refinish to deal with some rust anyway and after getting my Mummu's (my Grandma) stamp of approval - it was her wedding present after all - I'm trying mint. We both reckon it's a vintagey colour so it suits this retro little table just fine. If I hate it, all I need is a can of Rustoleum matte black!
I rounded up a few gorgeous mint and turquoise tables to give me some steam on these makeovers!
Just a note: if you search "mint table" on Pinterest, sometimes the images found are very literal . . .
|Les Petite Merveilles|
|Flickr; Kotipalapeli; Etsy|
|Urban Outfitters; via Creamy Life; Etsy|
|Decor and the Dog|
P.S. Last day to win something beautiful from ILIOS jewellery! My mint + brass earrings are still making me just as smiley as Sunday and Monday's weather prediction and if you love mint you could win a pair of mint + brass earrings too!