Remember that time when I was humming and hawing about maybe replacing our dining table slash maybe painting it? I thought about replacing it with IKEA’s docksta table because it resembles Saarinen’s tulip table which I admire for its simplicity but since we’re only renting our space (therefore trying to save $$$) and there is technically nothing wrong with our current table, and the fact that I only paid $120 for the set at a thrift store, I wasn’t ready to drop $230 on just a table because then I would probably want new chairs too and before you know we’ve just spent $500. Whew that was a long sentence. But because I’m a stubborn woman I scoured Craigslist anyways for a used version of the Docksta table but the people still want too much so I gave up on that idea. Seriously Vancouver, not only do we have expensive real estate but the prices that Craigslist sellers are asking for is just plain ridiculous too. So after school finished up, I once and for all decided that I was just going to paint the table. And man, why didn’t I do this ages ago? Err, probably because I was busy with school work but that’s besides the point.
I only had enough paint on hand to paint the table top. I was worried that with just painting the top it would looked unfinished but now that I’ve lived with it for the last week, it has really grown on me and I’ve decided to just leave the legs as is (that also means less work for me. It’s a win-win).
Painting the top white has made such a HUGE difference. Before, it was a dark corner but the white has really helped reflect the light now. Not to mention, NOTHING was working as a centrepiece against the reddish-brown table top. The white is just oh so fresh!
P.S. For those living in an apartment and your space isn’t conducive to sanding furniture, use STIX primer purchased at Benjamin Moore paint stores. Like the old lady on the Frank’s Red Hot sauce commercial says, “I put that sh*t on everything.” Just ensure that the surface is clean and the primer will stick to anything. The table top was then coated with Benjamin Moore’s Aura satin in Snowfall White.