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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lucky Antique Table Find

Today I hit the jackpot!  I'd been looking for a vintage dining table for the past few months, with no luck.  We got rid of so many things when we moved to Washington State, and even more when we moved back to Michigan this spring.  So we were in dire need of a table.  I searched high and low at consignment, thrift, and antique shops, as well as Craig's List.  Either I didn't see anything that I liked, or what I did like was totally out of my price range!  So today, Hubby and I went to a neighborhood garage sale.  I was a bit disappointed, as not many people were participating.  Come to find out, the big day is tomorrow, when there should be lots more stuff treasures.
Anyway, I almost overlooked this beauty.  It was covered in a tacky plastic tablecloth, and covered in stuff!

 It's solid oak, circa 1930, and still has the original tag on the underside, which reads "Lentz Table Corporation, Nashville, Michigan".  It came with 5 leaves, and when they are all in it's nearly 8' long, making it perfect for entertaining!  I've pictured it with one of the leaves in.  Someone had started to refinish it, but didn't do any of the leaves.  While I know that some will think it's sacrilegious to paint a solid oak antique table, that is just what I'm gonna do!  Yes!  I'm going to shabby her up and paint her a creamy antique white, then distress her a bit.  I am in love!  So, now all I need is to find some chairs.  I dearly love the dining chairs in Pottery Barn, but not the price.  So I just may head back to the sale tomorrow to see if I can get lucky!
 In the mean time, I had fun creating a little vignette. I placed this gorgeous vintage crocheted table cloth on it (another garage sale steal from a few years ago for only $5!), as well as a few milk glass vases from my collection.
 I found the one in the center the other day at Goodwill for just a quarter!  Love it!

 Isn't this one pretty?  A moving sale find a few years ago.  Oh, and the silver tray was a lucky thrift store find back in Washington.  I think I paid a buck or two for it.
I found the vase below this week at a thrift shop for a mere 49 cents!  Sold!  I think my sweet peas, purple coneflower, and white feverfew look so pretty displayed in the milkglass.
 Found this tall pretty wooden candlestick a few years ago at a garage sale for $1 (can you tell that I love a good bargain??).
 And a better look at my tray.  Love the patina!
 What really sold me on the table was her legs!  Yes, this lady has great curves!  Oh, and did I mention that she is very heavy!  They sure don't make solid wood furniture like they used to!
 Here you can see that they didn't do any of the leaves.  I know that it will be a bit of a job to paint, but I can hardly wait to start!  Oh, did I mention she was only $100?!  I did the happy dance all the way home!
What treasures have you found lately?
On a side note, my thoughts and prayers are with the people in Colorado who were hit with such a horrible tragedy.  It is just so hard to comprehend.
Be sure to give the ones you love a big hug today!


Carol Stuck said...

Hi Donna: My heart also goes out to all that were affected by this horrible tragedy in Colorado. I just can't wrap my head around this horrific ordeal.

On a lighter note, I love your new (old) table and think it will be awesome shabbied up. Also love your vignette. Be sure to share pics when you start the paint process.


Susie said...

Your table is heavy because it's solid wood...not veneers. What a great find. You fixed it up so sweetly too. Smiles, Susie

Kim K. said...

I just love happy endings. That table is quite the steal/deal. It's just beautiful and you will make it even more special. Have fun looking for chairs!

Debbie said...

Oh Donna!! Your table is WONDERFUL!!! I can't wait to see it after you've painted it, and shabbied it up!
What a good deal you got...woohoo!

NanaDiana said...

That is a beautiful old table, Donna You just paint away...because that is what YOU love...and we should always follow our own loves and the devil with those who disagree.

Your flowers/vingnette-absolutely gorgeous!

I, too, am feeling awful for the people of Colorado- xo Diana

Okio B Designs said...

What a great find for a great price! Can't wait to see how you transform her.


Anonymous said...

Your table is fantastic! I can't wait to see hug all gussied up. I love a good bargain too and you have really hit the jackpot with your finds!

Anne said...

Hi Donna I just love your blog, it's so pretty. I came across your blog the other day but didn't have time to comment. I'm your newest follower. I love the table. I love the flowers. I love the crochet table cloth. And I love the prices too, lol. Have a great day.

Tete said...

Oh Donna, you did good. She is beautiful and I think painting her white will be good for her. I do not like the yellow wood tones myself and am going to paint all my oak soon. Love the legs. Oak is so heavy and lasts forever. She's going to love living with you!

Karen said...

What a find, Donna! I look forward to seeing the finished product.


sally beresford said...

I agree with your conclusions and looking forward to your coming updates. Thanks for sharing