Archive for March, 2008

How To Make (& Paint) A Pedestal Table

We’re pleased to bring you another exciting transformation, this time in the form of a table. The story begins when we purchased an old rickety game table at a thrift store for twenty bucks two whole years ago. We hated the old scruffy square top, but immediately knew the chunky wooden pedestal had potential. For a while we just topped it with a bigger square of wood and painted it black so it could serve as a dining room table. But it was eventually replaced with a rectangular one when we shifted the dining room into the living room, and the ol’ table happily lived in the garage for a while.

But with the warmer weather blowing in, John and I were just talking about how nice it would be to have dinner outside sans bugs and we realized that sunroom + table = dinner outside sans bugs. So we picked up a round tabletop for 40 bucks at Lowe’s and popped it onto the pedestal of yesteryear and presto:

Then all it needed was a coat of oil based primer, two coats of white semi-gloss paint followed by a few light coats of water based polyurethane to keep it food and drink friendly. And the best thing is that we had four of these fun Eames-esque chairs in the garage just waiting to be recycled in some form and two of them work perfectly for our new dining nook in the sunny sunroom (they used to be blonde wood, but we painted them to match our table).

And for all you big picture people, here’s the wide shot so you can see it in context:



White Hot

We’ve have a hypothesis: around 75% of the stuff we bring into our house is white. And what better way to substantiate this theory than to share some of our latest and greatest home purchases. First, one of our favorite finds of all time- a playmate for my concrete greyhound V-day present from John.

Rufus the ceramic dog from HomeGoods

Another amazing Home Goods find, our jumbo ceramic pooch was only $29. Which puts it around $436 cheaper than this almost identical version from Perch.

Score. And now he can guard the sunroom while his concrete older brother keeps an eye on the living room.

And while I was toting our new four-legged friend around the store, this little gem practically jumped off the shelf into my arms. I’d actually seen exactly the same delicate ceramic votive holder in a gift shop a few weeks ago for sixteen buckaroos but I passed it up. Good thing I did because this one only ran me $4.95.

Artichoke flower candle holder ceramic

Moving right along, next we have our new favorite kitchen accessories that were a b-day prezzie from my best buddy Cat. These adorable glass containers (which I think are from West Elm) can hold anything from bath soaps to peanuts to candy, but of course we filled them with stuff that’s white: flour, sugar, and salt.

Flour, sugar, and salt containers from West Elm

And now for an update on the ever-growing wall of (white) frames in our third bedroom. You can see we hung my absolutely priceless b-day silhouette of Burger and also added a black and white sketch of our house (top right) and a funny computer illustration of Burger drawn on my Facebook graffiti wall by my crafty friend Heather (top left).

White wall of frames

In summary, our theory seems to be pretty accurate, although we’re majorly coveting this super fun rug from Pottery Barn (in blue) so there are certainly exceptions to the rule.