Tuesday, August 24, 2010

To Paint or Not to Paint

I am in need of a kitchen table. Not that I don't have a table, I do, but it's in the dining room. And anyone with kids knows you DO NOT want your kids eating in the dining room. Not necessarily because it's too nice. At least that's not my problem, the only thing I currently have in there is the table. But because it's usually visible from the door, and the last thing you want a surprise visitor to see is a space where kids were eating. Rabid chipmunks anyone? So what I need is a table in my kitchen. Because of my saturation of dark wood in my house I would really love something like this:

Not only would it bring in some glass and metal elements, which I desperately need, but I love the idea of using something unexpected, like an outdoor patio table, inside.
Unfortunately, craigslist is failing to provide me anything close to what I want. So I've been considering using something that I already have.

I picked up this table for $5 at a local thrift store. The second I saw it I knew I had to have it. I had no idea what I was going to use it for. But I figured for $5 I'd think of something.

I absolutely love the base and the octagonal table shape would be a break from the norm. If I had a large foyer it would be a perfect entry table. But I am thinking it might be a temporary solution to my table problem.

But what exactly do I do with it? Go save and versatile and paint it white? Do a creamy white or shiny lacquer? Go bold and paint it red? Do I forget paint all together and stain it? Maybe in a green color to match my pillows and the flecks of green in my granite counter tops?

What would you do?


  1. I like red! But what do YOU like?

  2. Here's an idea...you could paint it in a darker shade, like a soft black, then do some antiquing to the edges. Then, stencil some kind of medallion in the center of the table top, around the edge, etc. Go over the whole thing with an antiquing glaze. Maybe a monogram, in the middle of the table? Since it's a kitchen table, it can be a little less formal and a little more casual and fun. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

  3. That is a great table! I love the base as well. It's a keeper! I'm all about doing the 2-toned thing right now. Stain on top with an antique-off-white or white base. I'm sure you will be able to think of something fabulous though! Can't wait to see it. ;)

  4. Black-brown (or "espresso") is a popular color these days. I'd go with that but with some sort of added design detail on the top, like maybe an inset hexagon of deep red or some other accent color in the middle. Maybe even a band of that accent color somewhere on the base pedestal too...