Sunday, March 1, 2009

Persistence Pays Off!

Remember the bathroom re-design? Well, spring break is fast approaching, and I have to have things ready. I plan to paint that week, so I've been feverishly looking for things to prettify it.

I don't know how you ladies find such great furniture at consignment shops. I never have any luck. Well....not never anymore! I went one last time to a store I don't really like going to, and look who was waiting for me!


She's a bit beat up, and she isn't quite what I was looking for, but she was only $7.99! To be quite honest, I thought that was a little high, but who am I to complain?

It's a narrow bathroom, so my measurements required the table to fit "just so". I was really looking for something more like this...

I know...Sadie Olive. We love her, don't we? Look at the bench. It's absolute perfection. If laws weren't an issue, I'd break into her house and grab it. Have you seen her house? She'll never notice, right? The closest thing I found?
JCPenney for $29.99! AND it's only 18 inches tall. Come on now.

My main concern is the top. Someone stuck some cheap marbled laminate on the top of it. Because you ladies are all geniuses, I knew you could tell me what to do.

Do I pull it off and risk damaging it a little bit? I tried to pull some up, and I got nervous at how much it was stuck on there. Orrrr do I just paint over the whole thing?

I'm not afraid to try it. You tell me what to do, and I'll do it. I was looking for some weathered look like this table...

And look how cute these stools are!

Combine the rustic wood with a little bit of glamour like these pics below...


and you've got my bathroom! Wow. That's a lot of pictures. Hopefully, you know what I'm going for, 'cause I surely don't! Any advice on the table?

45 comments:

Lil' Woman said...

I do first and ask questions later...So I vote, just rip it off! :) ...I don't really know but thats what I would do.

Nancy said...

Your might try a hot iron on the table top. I have used this method to remove single tiles, and it worked well.

http://tinyurl.com/atrjnm

coco said...

I would try ripping it off and if the damage was too severe you could have a piece of wood cut to put over it and then finish however you like!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

I also think tearing into that thing is your best option. Not sure what to do after that because it will depend on what is left when you're done with the demo! You could always cover the top with those pretty .14 cent tiles with the nice stamping on them! I'm sure you've seen that idea somewhere....
It actually might leave you with a nice lip all around the table. I love when there are built in features to keeping my "stuff" where it belongs!
Rebecca
RootsAndWingsCo.blogspot.com

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love the table. It sure fits nicely in that spot. I have not done much with furniture refinishing, so I am not the person to ask. Hope you get some good ideas. Love & blessings from NC!

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Love the table! I have heard of heat (like the iron idea to remove old tiles) I am not sure how it all works but definately remove the kaka tile. Can't wait to see what you do.

Madeline said...

Rip it off, sand it to smooth it out, paint it and then distress it with some light sanding...will look marvelous if you like the shabby chic look. I have done it many times :)
Madeline

Shannon said...

I say rip it off! :) If it is too bad you can just cut some wood to fit.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I don't know what to do. I have been a fan of Sadie Olive forever. Sarah started my whole house obsession!

Stuffbymichele said...

I would suggest you use a heat gun and gently pry it up with a flat scraper. Once you get the tile off, you can use goo-done to get rid of the glue residue. Otherwise you'll go through a ton of sandpaper. Good luck!

I LOVE your decorating ideas and I can't wait to see how the bathroom turns out.

Girly Stuff said...

http://www.caromalcolours.com/

Don't even worry about taking off the marble with this stuff.

Mandi said...

Take a deep breath and rip it off just like a bandaid! If it is too bad, you can have that handy hubby of yours put some wood over it. I bet though, that once you sand and paint it, it will look fine. Good luck. You better do some "tutorializing" on this one!

Amy said...

My first thought was...Mosiac the top of it!! My Mom makes crosses but she has also done tons of table tops and side tables. Something kind of like this http://karleasart.blogspot.com/2008/08/new-fun-things.html would look good on the top of it! May take a little longer but you'll be proud of it in the long run!

Jennifer said...

I say take that top off! Hopefully the damage will be minor enough that you can sand it out, then paint and distress to make it that weathered look you are going for. Can't wait to see the results!

Cali Girl said...

im not a pro, but i would paint ovet the top. nice find!

Barb said...

Chris,
I googled your problem. This is what was suggested and I agree.
"probably the easiest way to remove laminate is to carefully slide a wood chisel between the laminate and the base and pry gently all along the edges, going deeper as you loosen it.
Easiest way to redo a laminate top table is to screw real wood right over the laminate (from beneath!) and cover the edges with molding. "
Love the table!!!!! Love the price even better!!!!That's my girl, great shopping. Mom

Lorie said...

Take the laminate off. It won't paint well. And if you ding it a bit you can fix it with some wood putty.

You will probably need to remove the adhesive, but you can do that with paint thinner.

SoBella Creations said...

Can't wait to see what your new bathroom looks like.

Tausha said...

Modge Podge! I am not kidding about this. I have modge podged all kinds of surfaces-granted not cheap, yucky laminate-but why wouldn't it work. You could modge podge fabric, or paper or burlap. What have you got to lose? I would be scared that ripping it off would damage the table too much and it is the perfect size and all.
Be daring. Inspire me to do the same. I am in a funk!!!

queenbee said...

I think that you should just paint over the entire thing. Great find for only 7.99.

Laretha said...

March your pretty self right over to the Magic Brush http://www.themagicbrushinc.blogspot.com/ - email Jennifer and ask her what to do. :-)

She's a pro.

Or...take the advice of Girly Stuff http://www.caromalcolours.com/
- cuz that would work beautifully too!

Momofgirls said...

Rip it off!! If it gets messed up, you could have a piece of granite cut for the top!!!

Emily said...

I just painted a dresser that had a laminate top just like that and
I just spray painted over it. You can check it out on my blog!
Good Luck!

xoxo, Emily

Katrina Chambers said...

I also vote to rip it off. Good luck and can't wait to see it finished!

Sarah said...

Fabulous find! That is about the same size I need for our hallway, it is a tricky size and I haven't found anything that works yet!!! Good luck! I would try ripping it off and painting it and then rubbing to make it look worn if that is the look you are wanting.
I can't wait to see what you decide!

Amber said...

I'm just concerned about how the paint will stick to that awfulness. So I have to suggestions:

1) Rip it off and then go from there.

2) Try spraying some primer on it first before you paint it.

And girl, those pictures are TO.DIE.FOR!!

Go check out the site, Sproost. I did a post about it on Friday. It is an amazing site, and so much fun!

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I would rip it off too...I painted over something like this and the paint would always scratch off. I would either rip it off (which I would use an iron) or put another piece of wood over top to finish as you wish.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Ohmagoodness! I have no clue, but please do share what you decide to do with that super icky laminate. Good luck. And no worries. Everything you touch seems to turn to gold, so it will be fabulous!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

If you use high adhesive primer, you can paint it no problem. It depends on how much use it will get too -- but with good primer it should paint fine!

Tammy said...

Definately take off the top. I would try sanding the whole thing and re-staining it, or you could paint it and crackle finish it.

Jennie said...

I say take off the top, sand it down, primer, paint and distress.... great pics of ideas.... I love stuff like that ....

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I'm with just about everybody else...rip that baby off. gently.

the undomesticated wife said...

Very cute table! However, I agree, thrift stores have gotten a bit higher in their prices lately!

If it's just a vinyl top, I'd try taking it off. Use some heat so the adhesive will soften up. It will probably be really gunky and nasty underneath, but just sand it and paint and it will look awesome!

It has a really cute shape!

Bonnie said...

I have a question for you on the small benches from Pennys. They are just the size I need but when I do a search nothing comes up on the Pennys site. What are some of the descriptive words they use? I love your blog and all your great projects. Your an inspiration. Thanks for your help, Bonnie

Knit Purl Gurl said...

I would cover the laminate. Ripping it off will just rip up your table. Maybe do a mosiac tile on top or pottery shard top! That would be so pretty!

BTW - I LOVE your blog! I left you an invitation at my blog:
http://knitpurlgurl.blogspot.com

kristal said...

i have NO IDEA what you should do, but i certainly want to know what you do and how it turns out!

Bonnie said...

Chris, I wasn't thinking stool I was set on bench - thanks so mumnal51ch for your help - I went right to them. Now I need to decide on the the color. Thanks, Bonnie

Bonnie said...

yikes - sorry about the word scramble there... much is the correct spelling

Kim said...

What a great find!

I really like the color on your wall, too. Do you happen to know what color it is?

I am in the middle of a bedroom redesign and have 5 different colored paint samples on my wall right now. What's one more? ha ha

writing4612 said...

Just try pulling off a little first. If that doesn't work, look for something else to put on top...like leftover tile or granite. No one would ever know the difference.

Messy Jessy said...

Stop in your tracks and check out Meg from Whatever (unless you already blog stalk her like I do).

Her bathroom, featured on Apartment Therapy,is very much in line with your inspirations and ideas.

You will love it!

Good Luck with the table!

Sadie Olive said...

Thanks for the compliments! :) I love that bench too. My mom actually gave it to me. It's part of a set of a table and two benches. I have them split up into different rooms though.

I LOVE the JC Penny ones you found though! :)

Blarney said...

Can you email me with the color of your bathroom? I am looking to repaint our master bath and just love that color. Thanks!

Kasey said...

you better get in line, cuz i'm first in line to get in her door.

UPrinting said...

LOL. I can't help you with that but the ladies here definitely can. I can't wait to see what you did with the table. :D

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