Sunday, April 14, 2013

Green Le Jardin Table

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend, mine went by way to fast. I wish I could find a way to squeeze a few more hours into the weekend.

Last month my son came home with a surprise for me.  It was garbage day in our neighborhood & he scored a roadside treasure. He even had the neighbor kids help him carry it on his way home from the bus stop. I am so proud, I taught him well.

It was a tall table with a butcher block top.  I think it was left out in the rain because the top was badly warped. You can really tell in this picture. I took this picture after we replaced the top. 

I had an old kitchen cabinet door (another roadside treasure) that fit perfectly for the replacement.  It was a few inches bigger which made the table top work area more versatile.

I like the scale of the new top.
I filled the holes with wood putty where the hardware went, after securing the top to the base.  Now I was ready for paint.

I am trying to expand my color pallet, so I was looking for a "Spring" color.  Green says "Spring" to me.
 I choose a color called "Tree Frog". It's from Ace Hardware, their new Clark & Kensington's primer & paint in one.   I love using this paint when I make my own Chalk paint. The flat interior latex paint works perfectly when turned into chalk paint.

I had seen the perfect graphic for this project a couple of months ago & couldn't wait to use it. So I headed over to The Graphics Fairy & created the words in Publisher. Here is a picture of the graphics after I transferred them on the top.

I used my overhead projector then took some white chalk to draw in the images.

I like to use the Elmer's paint pens for white graphics. I traced them in, then used white paint & a small brush to fill the words in.

I had intended to paint the Asian flower in solid but after I outlined it, I liked the way it looked.  A light distressing, two coats of clear wax & Voila!

I have to admit, this color was once again waaay out of my comfort zone. It felt a little "Kemit the frog" green at first. After I put the graphics on it, I liked it. It sort of grew on me.

It's counter top height so you could easily pull a stool up to it & use it for a desk, or put it in a kitchen for a work station or maybe a coffee station. 

Not bad for a roadside treasure.  Does it make you think of Spring? What would you use this table for?

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  1. What a great find. I haven't trained any of my family members right.

    You did a great job with that wonderful shade of green.

  2. BRAVO!Well you are a good mother, it's obvious, you've trained your son to do the environmentally conscious thing, not to mention, creative. I'm needing to put a table outside and was trying to think of what I could do to make it weather resistant, since I have no where to hide it. I think your little table would look great with a couple of wine glasses, or ice tea and a comfy chair in the conservatory. I've always wanted a conservatory.

  3. Wow! Awesome find! You certainly did teach your son well! ;) Love the new color and the graphic!!

  4. Remember Kermit once said. "It's not easy being green." This table pulls off being green in a wonderful way. I'd put casters on it and wheel it around to wherever I needed it. Love the graphic just the way you left it!

  5. Definitely makes me think spring! Great find. Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  6. Very lovely for a roadside treasure. It's gorgeous! Love what you did with it.

  7. Roadside finds are the best! How sweet of your son to pick it up for you! And I love the fresh green and the pretty graphic!

  8. I love this table! Green is currently my favorite color and this one pops!