A few months ago, I found some great chairs in Atlanta. I knew that was the beginning of a new breakfast area…. I just had to be patient enough to wait for the perfect table. This week, I found the perfect table – well it was almost perfect. All it needed was a little paint to make it the perfect addition to our home.
Since I’ve tried about 8 different style tables in this breakfast area in the past, I knew that it was going to be hard to find a good option. I’ve tried square, round, oval, large, small, rectangle, pretty much anything that I could find that I thought would fit, I lugged it home and gave it a whirl. I was wrong every ding dang time. The tiny little 8 ft. square spot has 3 different doors or halls that leads right through it, so it had to be a table that wouldn’t take up too much room. When I found this drop leaf table at Goodwill for a mere $15, it was a light bulb moment. for 9 years I’ve been looking for the best solution, and I never even thought of it. So I scooped it up and brought it home.
I also knew that I wanted a painted table, but it took me quite a while to figure out what to put on it. I wanted something with meaning. I thought about a clock face, or a crate style sign, but something kept telling me to dig a little deeper. Then I found this image of an old cotton seed sack from a gin in Nashville (hellooo… south of Nashville girl, here!). Eureka! Since my granddaddy was a share cropper that grew cotton, I thought it would be the perfect way to add a little family history to my own farmhouse style home.
Even though the graphic wasn’t round, I took the information and found a similar font and printed out the words that I wanted to use from it. I didn’t even change the name of the company or the street address.
I used clear wrapping tape to piece them to each other, then used painters tape to randomly tack the whole strip of letters to the table top. I also used painters tape to keep the line detail in the middle of the original logo.
Using bamboo skewers, I traced the outlines of each letter. I used a new skewer for almost every word, so that my tip stayed sharp & fresh.
A ruler comes in handy to keep the straight lines straight (and it goes much faster than free hand, too!)
I carefully checked each section before moving on to the next, just to make sure that each letter was completely traced out.
Every now and then, I’d get off just a little. No worries, though, just a dab of rubbing alcohol on a q-tip will erase the mistakes. Don’t rub too long or you’ll mess up the paint, though.
Then I filled in each of the letters, just like I do painting my signs or any other decorative painting.
It took me a total of about 5 hours of hands on work between painting, lettering, distressing and glazing the table, but now I have a one of a kind piece that gives a nod to my family’s history.
Between the cotton seed sack table, the barn star, and even a real old barn door on my wall, I’d say that’s a wrap on my breakfast area.