I’m always a sucker for a good Cinderella story. (And just so you know, every time I hear that phrase, my brain flashes to this scene.)
Lately, we’ve been witnessing a real life Cinderella story as one of Robert’s old high school friends is in a high-steaks culinary competition, sort of the Carolinas version of Top Chef. This guy grew up in the backwoods with Robert, started working in a restaurant in his early 20s, took over for the chef one night who got a hand injury, taught himself how to cook, and is now up against the best culinary artists in the Southeast. He’s a magician when it comes to good Southern food. We’ve been cheering him on watching his story unfold.
Those Cinderella stories at always the best. It’s fun to see the underdog come out on top. So every time I take a trip to my local thrift store, I’m always on the hunt for the underdog. This time around, I didn’t find an underdog quite as sad looking as our dining chairs, but it wasn’t really the leader of the pack either.
I couldn’t believe this table was only $20. And if it weren’t for a gash on the corner of the tabletop, it would have been pretty great as-is. But that one flaw gave me the opportunity to play! I can never leave well enough alone anyway.
Those are some sexy legs, don’t you think? Me-ow!
One of the hardest parts, for me, on furniture makeovers is actually figuring out a plan. I’d thought about a chippy white finish, another Duck Egg piece like our kitchen chairs, or stripping it to do a Restoration Hardware salvaged finish to keep that pretty wood grain. But you guys always come to my rescue when I have to call in reinforcements on this sort of thing on Facebook and Instagram.
The overwhelming majority said chippy white. And wouldn’t you know, after painting with several coats of Linen MMS Milk Paint, the darn thing didn’t chip. So I got sandpaper happy and really roughed it up.
I sanded down the top too because it was fairly scratched up to begin with. I’d planned on staining it with my usual and favorite method, but Robert walked into the garage to check out my progress and said I should leave the wood raw. This guy hardly ever has an opinion on this sort of thing, so when he does, I listen.
I gave the top a dose of liming wax to show off that pretty wood grain even more and seal it. It turned out awesome! And certainly unique. Of course, pictures don’t do it justice.
I had a little fun styling it in our living room. I almost wanted to keep it, but I resisted since I lurv our card catalog coffee table. (Notice the pink sticker that somebody decided to decorate the carpet with? Just keepin’ it real, y’all.)
This baby is already going to a good home.
Just so you know, all of these shots really make me want to get an area rug for our living room even more. It’ll happen eventually I hope. It’s probably why I haven’t really had a post yet entitled “Living Room Reveal” because, to me, this room isn’t quite there yet. It’s getting there.
Aside from stickers sometimes decorating our carpet, we have constantly recurring doggy butt dents on the back of our loveseat. Little weirdo thinks she’s a cat.
Check out that lime waxed top though! It’s smooth as butta and has all kinds of grain goodness.
Not much of an underdog now, is it? Sure, it’s still roughed up, but at least this time it’s intentional.
To see more of my past furniture makeovers, you can check them out here. Now I’m ready to find more pieces to paint! I wish underdogs like this one came around more often.
Let me know what you think!