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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Table talk

Last year, I was out and about in a pretty little town called St Ives, Cambridgeshire. I wandered into an auctioneer's yard and I spotted a little red table which had been dumped in the bargain buys area. I fell in love with its 1950s vibe and I bought it for a couple of pounds. I don't really know why, because it does not fold down and it's quite hard to store. Worse still, I let it get wet and when I fished it out of the back of the shed the other day, it looked like this:

Oh dear, Warped and a bit mouldy. I was cross with myself for not keeping it dry. Anyway, although I knew I couldn't sell it, I still wanted to give it some TLC and see if I could bring it back to life so I can use it in the garden in the summer. I used oilcloth bought from the market; there is a great stall that sells it at a fraction of CK's prices.
So, after a bit of stapling and superglue-ing, I've given it a facelift. 

It's still quite tatty, and needs a blast of hot sunshine to dry it out, but it's given it a new lease of life.

* I probably would have kept the red formica top, but it was cracked and peeling away, so it had to be recovered.


  1. Looks lovely and I love those little enamel cups.
    Ellie x

  2. Seriously - I think you got our childhood kitchen table there! Which makes me feel old! You did a great job on it. I recently put oil-cloth over our table here, and was shocked at the price! Must find a market stall like yours. xCathy

  3. Perfect for the lovely summer we're going to enjoy soon she says hopefully. Love that blue coffee pot. Karen xx

  4. I think this is what I like the most, making something 'new' from something old and worn out! It looks fab and you'll be using it for years to come! :) x

    1. Yes, you're absolutely right, those are the best kind of makes. I felt really excited about doing this.

  5. Lovely table - a shop around the corner has a few like this being sold for £15 and I thought that was cheap until I saw the price that you paid! I have been 'tempted' by one that folds down and has three little cupboards in the middle bit.....sadly I do not need a the moment!

    Best wishes
    PS CK prices make me mad!

    1. I think £15 is okay especially if it folds and has cupboards involved. Mine is very plain and was the worse for wear even when I got it (the Twyford label had come off and there was some formica damage).

      But CK prices...I saw some little packs of fabric for patchworking in her store recently, and they were £25 each! £25 for a few scraplets of (admittedly nice) fabric.