Monday, March 12, 2012

Bits of Splendor Monday

So remember this table that I found back in January?


I asked for your help trying to decide whether to paint it or stain it. Most of you said paint. Some said stain. 
Well we decided to do both and I could not be happier with how it turned out.


This was a majah project. But one that was very worth it for us. The damage on this table was pretty bad. Like I said, I am pretty sure the family before us held late night dance parties on it. So we knew we'd need to sand it for sure.  The damage was really only on the table top and seats of the chairs.


We started with sanding down the top of the table and seats to the original oak. It was a gorgeous wood. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to preserve that look, so staining it was the best way to do it. We chose jacobean by Minwax. It's dark but still transparent.

After sanding it and staining it we added a couple of coats of polycrilic to protect it and the chair seats also. 
The rest of the table and chairs we primed with kilz then painted with a white semi-gloss. We were going to distress the white our ourselves, but then decided to just let time and our kids do it for us. I kind of like the idea of that. A piece of furniture showing our own history.

I'm in love with the mix of the natural wood grain, with the clean, classic look of the white. 

We've still got a few more projects to finish in our mini kitchen/living room makeover. This cabinet/hutch is just about done. I chose a robins egg blue for it. And I used the coral that I love so much on an entry table I found on craigslist {If you follow me on instagram you got a sneak peak at it}
 I'll have a post about them soon, along with a coffee table we're also re-doing.  I'm just waiting for it to tell me what color. Doesn't your furniture speak to you too??
I like to live with something for a little bit before I decide what to do with it. 

We also want to paint the kitchen cabinets {yikes!} Anyone paint your cabinets before? How scary is it? And we are replacing the sliding glass doors in our kitchen with french doors or shutters, depending on what we find.

 I love this process. I find such joy and satisfaction in seeing a room or piece of furniture, come to life. It seriously just makes me happy.

So what about you? How did you find a Bit of Splendor in your week? 
Link it up and share it with us.  

It truly is the little, distinct things that make life big. The important thing is taking the time to see them and I believe it can be in anything. A project, a recipe, a special moment or milestone, maybe just a word or picture you found encouraging. 

"You will miss what matters most in life if you are only ever looking for the spectacular" 

bits of splendor monday

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-You can link up any time through out the week.


  1. Laura you did a fabulous job!! I love the white + natural wood look. So classy!

    Thanks for hosting :)

  2. I LOVE how it turned out! My husband just painted the cabinets in our new kitchen and said it wasn't that hard, just do it when the kids aren't around! He took them off the hinges, painted the fronts and then painted the cabinet with everything left inside. It's worth the work!

  3. you did a great job, laura! i love it. :)

  4. The table looks awesome! I love the paint/stain look! Good for you!

    And yes....we painted our cabinets...and LOVE LOVE LOVE the results!

  5. Love the white and wood! What a great choice... gorgeous.

  6. It is beautiful! Just found your blog, love it:)

  7. I love the table and chairs! I wish I had enough time and patience to tackle re-doing our dining room table! Maybe one day.

  8. Oh my gosh, looks amazing! Love!! xoxo

  9. It turned out so good. I love it and it looks like you....which is perfect. Love you Laura. Oh, and the cabinet thing. I'm there too. I took off my doors and have been letting them sit that way as they "speak to me" about exactly what we're going to do. It's a crazy big task but I so cannot wait for the finished product. It'll be worth it for sure. For both of us.:)

  10. i LOVE how it turned out. i'm glad you were able to use the coral for something. ;)

  11. Talk about {trash} to treasure! Gorgeous! Love the light/dark contrast...just beautiful!

  12. that looks awesome! makes me want to redo our table!

  13. Looks awesome!!!

    I used to paint cabinets etc for a living for a couple years, I'd love to help out if you need an extra hand!

    Sarah Criddle

  14. LOOKS awesome Laura!!! I love it,
    I need to link up some monday :)

  15. LOVE the way it turned out!! Great job :)

  16. It looks so good!! And I love that you are gonna let the distressing come from y'alls everyday life. When I recently painted the coffee table that my mom gave me that we used my entire life, she pleaded with me not to buff out the scratches and dents. I was like.."mom. Seriously? That is what I love most about it!" No worries about buffing them out! fact, I like to point them out! lol :)

    You did a great job. Can't wait to see everything all together. You have great taste.

  17. I love the natural wood with white! So bright and beautiful! Love your blog too =)

  18. I am so totally impressed with this table. I am HORRIBLE at stuff like this:) xooxo Hanna

  19. This is so gorgeous! I love the contrast :) Great job!

  20. The table and chairs you so tenderly brought back to life look beautiful. I love that feeling when you accomplish something. :)


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