Are you like me - always on the hunt for your next project, scanning Craigslist and Facebook for deals? Here's my $30 Table Flip and the story of how it got away!
I saw this beauty on the Facebook Marketplace and showed Trent.
He looked at me as if I had 3 horns growing out of my head.
"You're kidding, right?" he asked, incredulously.
All he saw was the awful paint colors, but I saw beyond that ugly dress. The curves, the skirt, the long legs. And this 7 foot long beauty took my breath.
When I showed him the price - something inside him flipped. He saw a money making potential.
I let him go on that road, secretly thinking this table would be mine - ALL MINE! I may or may not have laughed maniacally inside my head while wringing my hands together.
To fully appreciate the paint job - let's admire, for a moment this detailed sponge painting.
Anyone else sponge a wall when it was in it's heyday? I sponged a glaze on my wall when we rented our apartment in Los Angeles. It was a subtle hue to add some venetian depth to the walls - perfect for circa 2003.
But that season has come and gone - along with this table's current state.
So to transform this into a farmhouse superstar, Trent took to the task of sanding and stripping the top.
We quickly found out that it had two coats of paint on the top, so that meant more elbow grease.
We also gave the legs and skirt a fresh coat of white. And you should see her now.
My $30 Table Flip
All that red, green and gold are hidden away and the detailed skirting shows off in it's full glory.
For the top, we used a 2 step process. First, we used Walnut and then applied a top coat of weathered gray for added depth.
Then a few coats of poly and she was done.
My men carried her into the house and then it dawned on me.
It didn't fit.
That 7 foot length simply didn't work for my new dining room.
But I ignored, took out the opposing leaf, and it and began setting it for my Easy Spring Tablescape I was planning.
My youngest boy came to me with a huge hug - he was so proud of our hard work and wanted us to keep it.
My 6 foot 6 gentle giant of a son was ooh-ing and aah-ing at the table.
And then he did the unthinkable.
He sat at the table.
And then the table began to elevate by the sheer strength of his too-tall legs. That meant my men weren't going to be able to sit at this table to eat.
I was crushed, but our family time is precious and we always make special time for dinner's together.
That was a game changer for me.
So, that meant we would be selling this beauty to another and this beautiful piece became my $30 table flip.
I will always love this table, but I now know that it's where it should be. The person who bought this flip had been looking for the perfect table for over a year and she was so happy to finally find it.
That made me happy!
Sometimes the things we think we should have are only ours for but a moment.
It was the table that got away from me, but it was never mine to begin with.
I got a message shortly after the new owner picked it up and she loved how it looked in her home.
And that made all the hard work worth it!