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April 25, 2013

Mint Table

Hubs and I have a table in the basement that, for some unknown reason, I thought was super attractive in 2007.  It weighs a TON (The Beast), so I thought it would be the perfect item to buy in Thunder Bay and then immediately move 1600km across the province.  It was our dining table in our first apartment together.  Awww.  The size was awesome and made for fun, no-elbows-in-your-ribs dinner parties.  But I'm the first to admit it's uuuuugly.  Why did no one stop me?



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:


Once in Ottawa, we found another little round retro teak table for the kitchen and the big, burly beast of a table was - with much groaning and back spraining - moved downstairs.  It's solid wood!


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
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Urban Outfitters; via Creamy Life; Etsy
Decor and the Dog
Drool.  I'm convinced.  I even bought some (hopefully pretty) mint spray paint.  It's hard to track down a good mint spray paint - so many err on the side of sage.  Nobody jinx it, but look: here's the week's weather forecast!  Sunday and Monday (marked by an accurate representation of how I feel) are primed for spray painting (haha) because even the expected low isn't too cold.  Thursday and Friday, with their chilly lows, could mess with my paint and Saturday is just bad painting mo-jo because rain=humidity.  But Sunday I'm going to spend a little time getting reacquainted with my old pal, spray paint.  She's a fair weather friend ;) 


P.S. Last day to win something beautiful from ILIOS jewelleryMy 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!
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18 comments

  1. I'm going to go ahead and pretend mint is the color of the year instead of emerald. If we've got to pick a green, it needs to be lovely.
    Can't wait to see how it looks!

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    1. Haha! I do like the emerald, too. My Budapest posters and dining room painting both have a teal/emerald hue. Even one of the paintings in the guest room has some emerald. But it's such a rich colour that it needs some light colour to balance it out. I like most greens - from aqua to emerald (just not forest green or sage green), but mint is a perennial favorite. I'm so excited! But I hope the shade I chose is nice - there were so few options. We'll see . . .

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  2. I just painted a piece of furniture mint this past weekend. Can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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    1. Oh, I want to see yours! Is it on your blog already? I'm heading over right now to check :)

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    2. Not there yet, but hopefully soon. :)

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  3. Mint IS a fun color! I bet your tables will look great. I can't wait to see them.

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    1. The Beast is currently unreachable (the basement exploded again) but the little guy is ready and waiting so I should have a reveal early next week! I'm so excited it's spring!

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  4. Just found your blog and can I say (as a self-proclaimed traditionalist, even!) that I'm just in love with your style? Spent the last hour combing through your DIY art and I feel so inspired!

    In regard to this post: mint is always, always a good idea.

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    1. Thanks Cassandra!! That means a lot to me, especially because we have different taste. It's always fun to see different ideas and styles. Sometimes I fall in love with spaces I never thought would be "me".

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  5. If you're ever frustrated trying to find just the right shade of spray paint at one of the big box stores, Michael's is probably a better bet. If you don't get their coupon flyers, you can print them off online because their prices do run a bit high, which makes shopping there worth it. Have fun on the weekend!

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    1. I agree! I actually bought my mint paint from Michael's after finding a really nice turquoise last year (I reviewed the Liquitex here: http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2012/09/a-note-about-finicky-paint.html).

      But even with their extended selection, the mint was slim pickings! I hope what I have is good but we'll see. I'll be sure to share my feedback, but welcome any suggestions for a good mint spray paint. At least I was lucky and got a 50% off coupon (yay) when I bought it!

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  6. Hey Tanya! This sounds like a lot of fun. What struck me about your table is that it has a kind of art deco feel to it....very of the moment with the Great Gatsby coming out next week. I think that mint is quite deco (especailly Miami deco!!!), but I just suggest that you peruse art deco colour palettes before you make up your mind, you might find some unexpected inspiration. Just my $.02. (signed - Michele / Ottawa alternagrrl)

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    1. Thanks Michele, good idea! I do love the glimpses of the Great Gatsby. And art deco design IS so beautiful!! I'm glad you see that in the table because I kinda did too. Let me know if there's a specific colour you see working because I'm open to suggestions :)

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  7. i do love mint. i havent found a place to put it in my house yet, but someday. im looking forward the reveals!

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  8. What a delicious post. Love all the mid-century and mint. Yum! What a beautiful blog you have!

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  9. LOVE the mint idea. Perfect. DO IT! (Godspeed with the stripping....)

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  10. Sooooo inspiring! Love every single photo on your blog!

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  11. I would like paint a table with mint color!
    thank you for inspiration!! :D

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