I have been scouring Craigslist for a dresser to convert into a vanity for our bathroom, but we need a pretty specific size, and I have some things on my wishlist for it (curvy front, long legs, drawers on each side, not just down the middle), so nothing's fit my requirements yet. However, I did see a kitchen table (another thing I've been looking for) - and the price was right - FREE. So Dale and I drove over & picked it up on Saturday morning.
It's a pretty small round table (42" diameter), but with the leaf in, it measures closer to 5', and so that works for our kitchen.
It's nice enough oak with a claw foot pedestal, but the top was in real rough shape --
So I took the sander to it and got the top all sanded down to bare wood.
Painted the pedestal a nice satin black (along with the apron of the table)
Projected an image of a French Chocolate ad from Graphics Fairy on the tabletop.
(this is not my original idea - I am copying from a table I saw on another blog I read: Red Hen Home)
Painted this with black acrylic paint --
Distressed the lettering a bit with sandpaper, then gave it two coats of Antique Walnut stain. This is the first coat going on --
Second coat finished, and first of 6 coats of hand-rubbed Poly.
Put it back together and now it's in my kitchen!
Sigh. It looks so nice, it makes the kitchen look even worse! I think I need some black chairs to go around it - maybe an assortment of mis-matched chairs with matching fabric seats, all painted black.