Sunday, January 2, 2011

Leather and Luck

First blog of the new year!! I hope the year brings many blessings to you and those you love. I'm still trying to get the hang of this blogging thing. There's so much inhale and process. I could get lost for in the blogosphere days; there are so many creative inspirational people to learn from.

Table, yes, that's what's on for today. Remember before Christmas, I posted a picture of a table I found for five bucks on Craigslist. Of course, you do but here's a reminder.
Not too pretty but I liked the lines. First thing I did was remove the ahem, yes,faux wood contact paper and then paint it brown. Then, I just needed to live with it for a while. I had all sorts of ideas spinning around in my head. See how it has a lip around the top? I wanted something inlaid. I thought of reclaimed wood, paper, then it hit me-LEATHER. Or, in this case, leather-wanna-be. I cut the piece to fit and used spray adhesive to bind it to the table.
It still needed something. Ahhh, yes what's leather without studs?? Nothin'! That's what! Had some, used 'em. It was that easy.
It took a while to get this done with the holidays and all. But, I'm happy with the way it came out. What do you think?

I just grabbed the luminaries from the top of my china cabinet and popped the books on the bottom. Not permanent. I'll replace the books with others I like better and the luminaries with something more colorful that ties in the rusty orange colors I have in the room.(Did I mention adore orange! It just makes me happy) I just really wanted to get this posted. I'll post new pics when it's just the way I want it.

I figured out why I was so attracted to this piece initially. It has the same lines as my vintage Scandinavian designed chair that belonged to my husband's dad. It works so much better than the table I had with curved legs. Another bonus is the rectangular shape of the table allows me to use my flokati rug that I bought too early in my trip and slumpped  it all over Greece. It was in my bedroom but I have always wanted it to play a more visible role in my home.

Next for this room is a make over of two other tables. My husband made both of them. They're made from ash and finished in a light stain. For some reason, I can't bring myself to paint his pieces so I'll be stripping and restaining them in a dark espresso kind of color. I'll also be adding panels to the window. I'm a minimalist at heart but I'm trying to layer my decor a bit more. After removing my Christmas decorations from the mantel and fireplace, I've decided not to put back what was there and change it up a bit. I'm thinking a mirror and...

I am joining link parties at Between Naps on the Porch , Boogieboard Cottage and House of Grace.


  1. I love your table and I am a new follower:)

  2. You Rock! What a great looking table you have created =D

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  3. Just found your blog tonight! Your transformations are SUPER! Isn't Goodwill the BEST!!

  4. Yes, I can see how this does go with the chair...perfectly. Great redo.

  5. This table could have come straight out of Restoration Hardware! I love the lines and your simple styling! I'm a new follower!
    Dee Dee

  6. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this table!! You got a steal!! :)

    I'm an orange fan right now too! Rusty orange is my current accent...well, for about a year now.

    I'm following you over from Between Naps on the Porch and am loving your blog!

  7. that a neat idea! so unique and i am sure it will be easy ti wipe clean, too, which is always a major plus at our house!

  8. What a great idea! It looks like a piece out of the West Elm catalog....

    Take care,