buying, friendship, and a makeover

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with one of my friends I've made since starting to blog.

Amanda is one of the nicest people I've ever met, and we've gotten together on a couple of occasions.
We both have blogs with the name 'pink' in them, we are both vendors at shops, and we both live in the NW. 
There's other commonalities too, but those are the highlights. 

It's great to have someone to bounce ideas off of, to validate your successes and down times, and to ask questions from.

It's been awhile since we've seen each other- for an actual visit- she came to Junk Salvation, but it was so busy, it was hard to do more than a quick hug, hello, and thanks for coming!

I've never visited the shop she sells at- Camas Antiques, so we decided to meet up in her area and do a little shopping.

Camas Antiques is a really nice shop.  
I enjoyed seeing her booth in person, (I see it on her blog quite a bit) and while we looked around, I found a beautiful little table.

It was unfinished, and the top was very worn.  

Gorgeous curvy legs, I could just see this in a pretty new color.
I gave it a coat of Annie Sloan's French Linen, and loved the look.

With the newly painted body, I was really tempted to leave the top raw.
I had sanded it lightly to remove some of the water rings.
It was so worn and warm, if I was keeping it for me, I probably would have left it 'as is'- very Swedish farmhouse.

But I knew most customers would probably think I'd forgotten to finish the top.
So I broke out my Old English, and restored the top.

It looks great, very rich.
It still brings out all the wonderful patina of the wood too.

Call me crazy, but I love little worn nicks and dings like this.
I'm sure there's a story- somebody probably got in big trouble for dinging the edge of the table at one time.
Now, I just admire the wonderful patina.

There came a point in the photo shoot where I started to wonder if maybe I should keep it!
Looks pretty good here, no?

I remember Nate Berkus saying once that you should get rid of all the crunchy, 1990's dried flowers.
Well, these are 2012 dried hydrangeas, and I love 'em.   
Especially during the winter months when I don't have any fresh flowers to step outside and cut.

I had a great time shopping, eating and talking with my Pink friend.
I picked up a few other items at some other spots we popped in to, and she sent me home with a fabulous box of tea that she sells.

so yummy!

This little table didn't stay at home with me.
It's for sale now at my spot at Aunt Bee's House.
I will be so jealous of who ever gets to use it.

Thanks for a fun day Amanda!

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  1. Aawww! You are such a sweet friend! I had the best day hanging out with you! Thanks again for coming out my way again! The table looks a million times better! It won't last long at Aunt Bee's! I can't wait for our next meet-up! I love shopping and chatting with you!

  2. What a fabulous little table and the top is just perfect; I'd have a real hard time parting with it. Isn't it so much fun to meet blogging friends in person? Amanda has a beautiful blog, and I love all her painted furniture.

  3. What a great table, Denise! I would have been drawn to it, too, but I have to stop myself since I have no room for anymore tables. Until I get my own booth, that is!

  4. your little table is so pretty. i love how the top looks, with all its dings and dents. they only add to its beauty.

  5. I love that little table, I am currently upcycling a few pieces of furniture that belonged to my mother and hope to feature them on my blog when I have finished them. I do love that grey finish and like you I feel the more weathered and worn the lovelier it can be.

    I also love the hydrangeas, I have some imitation ones that I also have on display in my home when I can't get fresh ones. I still like the dried ones though.

    Thank you for sharing.

  6. the table sure does look pretty there! the combination is lovely, and like you, i love those old dings in pieces.... they add character we can't achieve on our own! :)
    and yay for good blog friends! it's nice to have people you can meet up with and connect with!

  7. Love it, it's gorgeous... Not sure if I could have let it go ;) - Susan

  8. What a great piece and how fun to meet another blogger in person and have so much in common. It's a wonderful blogging world, isn't it? xo Diana

  9. I can't believe you are selling it. I absolutely love it! Yes, nothing beats the character of the old, beat up but replenished. LOVE!

  10. But it looked so good at your house! It's hard to let go of the really nice ones I'm sure! It turned out beautifully!

  11. I love this table--you should have kept it :) But then, that is why it would be dangerous for me to have a booth--I would want to keep everything!

  12. What a beautiful table!!! I spent a day with my girlfriend ( through blogging too ) how fun!

  13. Keep it! It's perfect there! Camas Antiques, and dear Amanda and her blog are my favorites, and your blog too!

  14. Hi Denise, I've been following you since I seen you at a show in Salem this year. Love your blog,
    I also have been following Amanda of Girl in Pink.
    We're going to Camas Antiques Monday for my Granddaughters birthday. It's such a cute little historical street, lots of things to see. Love all of the furniture both of you do.
    My girls and I have been restyling furniture too and you are an inspiration to trying new things.
    Thx for your blogs.

  15. I love that table.. I wish I lived near you girls I would have went along on that friendship, shopping etc. Trip .. .cant have too many great friends... Love your post and the tea looked fabulous.. Have a blessed week. I always feel blessed after stopping by the PINK postcard

  16. A beautiful piece! When you refer to the Old English for the top, is that a stain/brand? Thanks!


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