The story of “The Table”

tablecloseupThis is my kitchen table….

….and here is the story of how it came to be…..

Once Upon A Time, in April of 2013, I went for my first time to the Liberty Antiques Festival, in Liberty NC.  (And because she will want a mention…I was with my friend Angela Clodfelter!) Anyway, I had been excited for WEEKS about finally going to this festival, which so many people had raved about.  As the day approached for our planned trip I found myself in extreme pain in both feet due to a major onset of plantar fascists.  But, I’m a tough girl (can I get an “Amen”?) and of course I went anyway…and did every stinking row…twice!

When my eyes spied this table…it spoke to me…it moved me…I had to touch it immediately.  I wanted to know all about it.

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The gentleman who was selling it told me that it had been an old shop counter that had been rescued from South Boston, Virginia.  I knew I wanted it, but had no idea what I would do with it.  At 6 feel long it was not an easy size to pop into just any room.

I walked away…but it “haunted” me the rest of the day.  As the sun was setting, and the vendors were packing up, and I was in extreme foot agony…I decided to take one last stroll by.  Just as I did, I noticed that she was being loaded back onto the truck she came in. No one had bought her!  It was a sign!  I ran up into the truck and negotiated a deal just in time!  I wish I still had the pictures from that day from my phone…oh well.

When I got home, I put it in my garage, thinking that I would sell it to Nancy, the shop owner at Total Bliss (where I work).  I had already texted her pictures and told her I had this fabulous table that would work great in her store somewhere.  It was pretty apparent when I got the table home (to my old house) that it was not going to work anywhere in my house.  It was just too big!  But, I walked past her each day in the garage and could not part with it.  She stayed in the garage until August.  In August, we moved Total Bliss to new location, and I decided that I would just use it at work for my “desk”.  That way I could still be near her every day!

Then of course in October we sporadically sold our house and moved!

tablewithpaperAnd guess what fits perfectly into our kitchen like she was made for it??

“The Table”

We love it!!! I left it completely natural, as is.  We have a giant roll of craft paper.  We just rip a big piece off, eat dinner on it, and then throw it away when we are done!  I might seal the wood on top, but I have not decided.  Nothing else has been done to it, this is the natural patina from over the years!

stoolsThe table is counter height.  So, I got these adjustable bar stools to use at the table.  The source is Foreside Home and Garden .  I was able to get them from here because Nancy has an account with them.

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Here is another goodie I got at the festival.  I’m super drawn to anything metal, and rusty and old these days!

End of Story?

No, it is only the beginning…

4 Comments on The story of “The Table”

  1. Lucy @ Patina Paradise
    February 7, 2014 at 1:07 am (4 years ago)

    We had a similar thing happen to us. My husband spotted a table at a flea market in Arkansas and asked me if I liked it and said we should get it. It is made of 2 wide floor boards with black paint still on the sides and balusters from a veranda. I love it and we got it. Now it is about 2 and a half feet wide and about 10 feet long. Everyone told us we should cut it smaller. We then moved to Alabama and the house that God had for us has a long kitchen that the table is just perfect in! So glad my husband spotted it!

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