So it should come as no surprise I'm super excited about the always stylish Matthew Mead's (remember all the great holiday decorating projects he shared with us last year?) next publication , Flea Market Finds. Can't wait to get my copy!
Lucky for me, he agreed to come back and share more of his work with us here. Today he is sharing his multi-tasking makeover of a flea market find into a beautiful and versatile piece.
I am wild about tables and I especially like pieces that have interesting details and architectural elements. I found this drop-leaf table at an open air market for $40.00 and was instantly enamored with its elegant lines and beauty. I envisioned it with a gray painted finish against the corner wall in my dining room for use as a side board when entertaining. It was missing a leaf, so I thought it would be best to remove the other leaf and simply engage its minimal surface uses: as a focal point for flowers, a perch for a soup tureen, or a great place to serve punch at a party.
I knew it was a good purchase and I liked its price but decided to negotiate the dealer down to $30.00 dollars, considering the work I would have to do to it. I decided to keep the lone leaf and use the piece in my living room as a curio-type console with the ability to open the leaf to create a perch for a special small supper gathering or as game table for family and friends. It was an easy fix and I am so very pleased with this beautiful refurbished table with its definite Gustavian flair.
Although missing a leaf, the table had sturdy legs and was in excellent shape:
I selected the moldings at Lowe's. To begin, I measured the length of the front of the table and width. Those dimensions helped me select the pieces of molding that would work and also aided in getting the pieces cut to size.
The molding fit perfectly and concealed the blemishes on the wood:
I had no small clamps, so I placed glue on the small molding and held it to the the table with electrical tape (this doesn't take off the paint finish) until dry:
For the larger molding, I used the same process, but had a clamp to hold the larger piece in place. I let both pieces dry overnight (12+ hours):
I filled any gaps with wood putty and gave the table a last touch-up of paint where needed.
And that was it!
With the leaf down, I have an attractive console table with a place to perch collectibles, some art and fresh flowers. In this case, I selected the same paint color as my living room in order for the piece to blend well with the room:
For dining, I am able to pull the table out from the wall and expand the leaf to give me room for three guests. It provides the most wonderful and special place to dine when it is a small, intimate gathering:
The transformation cost?
The molding, primer, paint and glue cost me $55.00 in total, so I now have an amazing, new, and versatile flea market find for just $85.00.
Don't you just love that? Who hasn't passed up an old table without a second though?
I know so many of you have completed your own flea market find transformations! Want to share? Drop me a line or share a link in the comments. I can't wait to get my thrifting going this spring!