Years ago, a kind stranger was nice enough to give me this battered but beautiful table. The base is unbalanced (either due to 2 of the legs being broken or maybe that's the reason why the legs broke in the first place?) and the top has a lot of damage (scratches, water damage, veneer peeling and edge chips). I've always loved the shape so I've been storing it in my guest room with the idea that one day I would come up with some magical home remedy that would make it functional for us.
A few days ago, I was staring at the table and I had a thought. If I could cut down the legs, sand the top and paint it the whole thing, it would make a lovely low table for my daughter that is beautiful enough to live in the living room without screaming "I AM KIDS FURNITURE!". Aside from the idea of putting something I really like into everyday use, I get misty eyed at the thought of sharing this special spot with my daughter to color, do craft projects and other fun tasks in the years to come. I just love the thought. Yes, I've become a full on sap.
I know there are some hard core purists that are still horrified at the thought no matter how damaged but that's okay. Rest assured, the damage is quite bad and the cost to restore it professionally would be much more than the piece is worth. While I do understand that sentiment of keeping even damaged items as-is, I'm a very practical person - every item in my house needs to have function or its just collecting dust.
So I'm quite excited about the project. Now I just have to figure out the best plan of attack. I could go three ways. Each have their merits, but I'd love to hear what you think. Anyone have experience with any of these options want to chime in?
a. classically beautiful table with a chalkboard treatment made by mark tuckey
b. inspired by charm's refresh of some old wooden stools with high gloss paint
c. two tone chalk paint table makeover by shades of amber
A few people have suggested using chalkboard paint on the top which is a fun idea but makes me worried that I might be teaching my daughter its okay to write on the furniture. Anyone with a chalkboard kid's table have that experience? Not to mention the chalk dust to clean up. But this example is pretty lovely.
High Gloss Paint
This seems like the most kid resistant finish in the sense its will stand up to the most abuse so that is a definite +1 in the pro list. While I am pretty partial to high gloss finishes, it will also show all the little bumps and scratches and chips I'm not able to sand out. While that will probably not bother me that much, it something to consider.
It's dead flat finish is perfect for hiding flaws and/or covering them in a way that works with something a little rough around the edges. But I worry it won't be a great surface for cleaning up art projects and whatever else it might have spilled on it in the future. I could always touch up if necessary and I do love the look.
Decisions, decisions. What do you think?