Friday, September 13, 2013

A Smallish Table


In the dining room, we have a large mirror on the narrow wall between the patio door and a window.  For a long time, this has seemed to me to be just the right spot for a smallish side table to put underneath it.  One where we could set a pitcher of orange juice on Sunday morning, or a plate or two of goodies when we have a party, or a vase of flowers and a pretty plate.

I’ve thought a few times about asking Glenn to make something like that for me, but then I think about the time it takes to do wood-working projects, even smallish ones, and change my mind.  If I’m going to ask him to spend time (and money) on furniture projects, it makes sense to do the big things, the things we really need, before we do less needful things.

But then along came Mom and Dad’s anniversary party!  The day before the party, we were setting things up and doing a little decorating, along with some very good friends of theirs.  Dayla and Sean.  Dayla asked me to help her with a small(ish) table she had brought along to use in some way.  She wasn’t sure what we could do with it, but she told me Sean didn’t want it, and he had asked her not to bring it back home after the party.




Yes. You heard that right.

A smallish table!


We used it to set up a few things during the party, including the guest book and a framed picture of my parents. 

Afterwards, I gleefully brought it home.




You can see it was already in great shape, except for a water stain on the top.




I wasn’t exactly sure how I would finish it.  Originally I figured I would just sand it and repaint it a creamy white. 

Hmmm….or maybe a different color?…. 

Or maybe not.


But after I sanded the top, I kind of liked it just the way it was.  The water mark disappeared with the sanding, and now the top looked kind of old and a little rustic. 

So I left it just like that.  Something about it was very appealing to me, and I decided it didn’t need anything else.




It fit perfectly underneath the mirror, in the little space between the door and window.




And as a bonus, the little drawer on the front is actually a pull-out tray for setting things on!




I may change the little knob, if I come across something pretty, but for now, I’m so happy with it.




Every time I look at it, it makes me smile to think of how it ended up here.


And that is the story of my smallish table!


It is a reminder of how one woman’s trash is certainly another woman’s treasure!




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  1. Love it! My mom like to call those instances "God winks". :o)
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    1. Thanks, Larissa! That's a great way to phrase it.

  2. Beautiful pictures! I love it just like you have it. It's so pretty.

  3. That looks beautiful! Those pictures could be the cover of a magazine!

    1. Hi Erica! Thank you!

      But I'm afraid all the photo credits go to Uncle Glenn's camera - I just try to hold onto it! ;)

  4. Such a pretty little table! Didn't realise that your diningroom opened onto the garden, how lovely!

    1. Thank you, Sandy! I've missed are you?