I admit I have a hard time throwing away anything that might have some use left in it. People sometimes look askance at what I save, as if maybe I'm some kind of hoarder. However, I always get around to doing something with my little treasures. I sincerely believe that the best way to get 'green' furniture is to take something that might otherwise go to the trash and give it a new lease on life. This was definitely a trash-bound table when I rescued it.
When a friend was moving, she asked if I wanted her old butler style coffee table. The table was a large tray, with four sides that folded up to make it a serving tray. The tray sat on a base with legs at coffee table height, but wasn't attached so you could lift it up easily and use it as a serving tray. I like that concept--dual purpose furniture.
The legs were a wreck, but the top was intact except for a large split across one end. I decided to toss the legs, which were split all to pieces, and salvage the top. This meant taking one end apart so I could glue and clamp to repair the split. It worked well, but the split was too visible to simply restain the top. Enter rescue paint job.
I painted the table red, two coats, then decoupaged the top using two pages from a very old calendar that had some lovely celestial prints in it. I always buy calendars for the potential crafting value--nothing goes to waste around here. I diluted dark brown paint with water and used that as a wash over the whole surface, then followed that with two coats of polyurethane. There are many ways to do painting and decoupage--a little searching online will come up with any number of tutorials, so I'm not going to go into detail here.
For now, I am using an old TV tray as the butler table stand and it sits by my couch. It makes a wonderful end table for the couch, with plenty of room to set coffee cups, books, needlework or anything else I might be working on.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
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