Thursday, August 18, 2011

Like I REALLY Needed More Projects!

On Monday I start a second part-time job.  Today I bought three tables to refinish.  Oh and an absolutely A D O R A B L E vintage oscillating fan that matches my living/dining room PERFECTLY!  When I saw this first table ($20.00) I fell in love with it.  It's more than I would normally pay but this is SO going in my living room when it's finished.  It is as you can see, in horrible condition and I'm not sure if I'll paint over the leather inset on top but that little drawer and magazine rack bottom -- LOVE! But seriously, WHO treats furniture like this?? Definitely will take LOTS of sanding to remove those deep gouges!
This little side table seems rather standard until you notice that the glass top is scalloped to mimic the lines of the top and both pieces of glass are original to this table. So for $11.00 I can overlook the bad stencil job and the joints that need repaired!
This round table was a STEAL at $11.75 -- it is large and HEAVY and it is perfect for one of the Graphics Fairy vintage labels don't you think??  I love that it is low to the ground -- perfect for a coffee table.  It will be for sale as will the little glass-topped table!
When I saw this fan at my local thrift store, I was sure it would be more than I wanted to pay but . . . be still my heart . . . $6.00! Not only that, I drew a 40% discount at the register so for $3.60 she came home with me! It still works (although it is rather noisy -- guess in 1950 they didn't care about noise!) and it still oscillates!  I did a little bit of research and this fan made from 1950-1955 is selling online for around $100.00 but it's going NO WHERE!  My only problem now is trying to get the 'grill' off to give it a good cleaning.  Maybe in 1950 they didn't clean their fans??

Now I have a dilemma -- can you help?? That top table has the old leather inlay. The leather is in not so great shape. Should I chalk paint right over it? Should I try to restore it? I'm using Annie Sloan's Old White paint on this piece.  I'm also thinking of spray painting the inside of those deep, narrow racks below and then topping with the Old White. Let me know your thoughts please!


  1. Beautiful finds, can't wait to see what you do with the round table.
    Have a lovely day!
    XXX Ido

  2. Great job. I can't seem to get anything done because I am reading blogs! LOL!!!!!

  3. The fan really is awesome! I know you'll enjoy it! And the tables were too good to pass up! You're a busy lady...but I think I'm happiest when I'm busy! ♥

  4. I love that fan, and what a steal you got!

  5. Wow Lauren! What great finds!! The tables are going to be fabulous. It is always soo much fun to see what are treasures are worth on line. Some times we get the best surprise!:)

  6. Oh, I forgot to say thank you for joining Treasure Hunt Thursday!:) Hope you can join us again next week!

  7. I'm sure you're going to make these little tables look fabulous! The old fan looks great!
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. cant wait to see the tables when you are done! after time you wont hear the fan with all its noise. its like when the kids are being so noisy and after awhile you dont even hear them until your husband comes home and says "wow what is up with all the noise" trust me :)

  9. You really got some great deals on these I'm lovin' that "Cool" fan!!! Hop over...I posted about your giveaway today:) Hope it's going good for you.


  10. Lauren, I am no expert but I think painting over leather wouldn't work. Hubby has hardware stores, and he suggested stain might be better than paint for the leather part. Stain (semi transparent)would penetrate the leather, whereas paint may not stick well to it and it could crack etc. Just our 2 cents worth!! :0)

  11. what would we do without chalk paint?
    oh, you found the best deal ever...thanks for the visit today, the blue container with flowers on it is a hair receiver, ladies used to save there hair from there brush in it...crazy huh?

  12. The tables in the first photo with the gold enlay look like genuine mahogany, see if they have a sticker anywhere, underneath or in one of the drawers. If those are water stains on the top, there are a couple of ways to clean that up. I'm working on a double drop leaf one now.

  13. I love it! I want to try the chalk paint so bad!! I would love it if you would stop by and link up at my party : )

  14. Lauren,
    Your finds are wonderful! I have seen the leather inserts you are talking about. I'm not sure what to do with them. Love the fan. Thanks for linking it with Home Sweet Home!


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