Little table re-do and a tribute to my grandparents...

Monday, June 23, 2014



Y'all may remember a couple weeks ago when I posted about the loss of my grandfather. It has been two weeks and 1 day since he passed and I miss him more with each passing day. This little table was in the works before he passed and now has even more meaning for me! (That's him on the bottom right)


I originally had the idea to do the top of my cedar chest with the pictures of my grandparents, but it was such a large surface and I only had these 6 pictures, so I held off on it for over a year now.

Recently I acquired several pieces of furniture from my great-grandparents house and this little table was one of those pieces.



It is in really good condition but the color is all kinds of wrong for my house. I knew without a doubt that I was going to strip the top down to the original wood and once I did I just decided to leave it alone, and not stain it, because the original wood was so stinkin' pretty!



I wasn't completely sure where this piece was going to go, but I figured I couldn't go wrong with painting it white.



This was during the whole ordeal with my Pepaw so I was a bit stressed out...one of the things that is always able to calm me is painting or crafting. Also...wine does not hurt!


As always I had to throw on a little bit of antiquing glaze to add some character and age to the piece. I love this stuff...you just slap it on with no rhyme or reason and then wipe it off with a wet rag until you achieve the look you are going for. So simple.



Once all the painting was complete I let is dry for a couple days then I just used mod podge to attach the pictures to the top of the table. I coated the table and then the back of each picture, smoothed them out as best I could and them brushed a layer of mod podge over the top of the whole thing.

You can see the streaks while it was wet, but it dried completely clear...I was definitely thankful for that!



Aren't the details just lovely? It reminds me of an old timey bridge!



I love the way that it turned out. Completely what I imagined when I began this project!




Pictured here in clockwise order from the left is: Granddad: Clayton, Nanny and Popaw (my great grandparents): Katie and Lin, Memew H: Karen, Pepaw: John, Granddad and Popaw with their hunting dogs, and Memaw M: Margie

Don't you just love the way those old pictures look? I think they all look amazing!



I am still not exactly sure what I am going to use this table for...but the cat seems to think she has it figured out...




Thanks for lookin' y'all!











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