vintage farmhouse island

One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to use one of my best skills.  
ha ha!

Seriously, when I was a senior in high school, all the parents in my class contributed photos and a little bio about their kid for a special senior book.
My parents wrote that my favorite activities were volleyball, shopping, drama (theatre), shopping, friends, shopping, and boys and shopping.
Actually, I'm not sure they put the part about boys (I hope not) but you get the idea. 

So I love that I now have a job where I am a buyer!  
Use the skills God gave ya!

A couple months ago, I had a Friday where I was on a roll for finding good stuff, and it was addictive.  I was in an area I don't normally go to, and happened on a ReStore.  
I veered off to the nearest parking spot and went in.

This was one of those cute little stores in a smaller area, and they had some great stuff.  
I wandered into the back outdoor area, and stumbled on this amazing table.

I was in love.  
Chippy paint and everything.
It was too good to pass up, but unfortunately I only had my car and would need to drive back out to pick it up. (30 minutes away)
It was worth it though.

The top was cool with the chipped paint, but in my excitement, I overlooked the true makeup of the table top. 
When I picked it up, I realized the top was actually an old door, and it was hollow core.  

There were also cut outs in the apron of the table, and when I was paying for it, the checkout person told me that the table was from a local artist who made tiles.
I'm not sure if the cut outs were part of that process, but I knew I'd have to get creative with covering them up to make it into a cute farmhouse island.

I decided to take the door off and bought some fir to re-do the top.  
I stained it in General Finishes Antique Cherry, and then nailed on the top.  

As for the apron fix, I added some thin pieces of MDF to the sides, and screwed on some vintage handles.  
They look like drawer fronts, but are just decorative.
For the smaller holes on the corners, I bought some balsa wood and wooden craft stars, and attached them over the cut outs.

Even though I liked the chippy rustic look, the white paint was a bit more tired than I wanted, so I refreshed it with Miss Mustard Seed's Ironstone milk paint.  
I sanded it back just slightly, but the brighter, fresher look helped and still retained the rustic quality.
Just one coat, and then a coat of clear Polycrylic.

So cute, right?
It's a big 7 foot long table.  I so wish I had a big kitchen that needed an island!
I brought this in to Aunt Bee's on Saturday.  
I attached a little note to it about the local history behind it.  
I always think it's fun to know the back story.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!

xo Denise

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  1. I love that you put the story with it...someone will just love this! Great job :)

  2. The table is such a great find and your redid it so great. Have a great day! Jo

  3. I love your table re-do! You did the perfect amount of work by making it clean and fresh while still retaining the charm of the piece.

  4. Score! Such skills we both share. Not too awfully talented but boy can I shop!

  5. Hi, I just found your blog. Saw you on Betsy's sidebar. Spied this table and was in love! Wow, just what I want in my potting shed. It's not built yet, Hubby is just starting on it. What a find and love what you did with it!


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