Monday, March 8, 2010

~Three Tables~

In January my Uncle passed away (my Mom's brother John) One of his passions was woodworking. He made these three tables many years ago, they are made of pine with table tops that lift off. Plenty of storage for yarn and magazines. They also hide all the remote controls (I love that). I just couldn't leave them and so we brought them home and gave them a good cleaning and some fresh wood stain.
They remind me of simpler times when the furniture was crafted by the man of the house.
Gary and I use Minwax wood stain. They have many colors to choose from now, we chose a blue and a red stain. I didn't want to change them to much because Uncle John had made them. So Gary and I thought just changing the table top color would refresh them and bring new life to these very old tables.
And Wa-La here they are. I adore this shade of blue. It went on very nicely after we sanded all the varnish off.

The red table top had a lamp post and the lampshade that was on it was in very bad shape, so we purchased a new shade and I added a bit of whimsy. These little tables are a perfect size to nestle into a small corner.

Enjoy your week and keep warm, we had a lot of rain and hail off and on today. I couldn't wait to get home from work and curl up on the couch by the fire and crochet.
Big hugs to you all~Elizabeth


Unknown said...

Morning, Your tables look lovely and I love what you have done to them, and that lampshade is so pretty!Have a sweet day!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Those turned out great! And it is so nice that you have some of your Uncle's work.

Connie said...

You did a beautiful job on them, honey. I especially like the blue on the top.

You give every single military man you know a big hooorah from this old USMC wife of many years, chick! I mean it.


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love your pine tables and the blue. I came over from Sweet Nothings, so now I will follow. I have pine in my cape cod house, so I love it! The blue top is a great look. Please come over and visit sometime. Love your blog.
p.s. looks as if you are a bit of a 70's girl like me. I have some 70's things posted, as well.

A Southern Rose said...

I love these tables. I really love that they open up and have such a big space for storage. Perfect for your crochet supplies! I like the idea about storing the remotes too. Mine is always getting lost around here! LOL

Just knowing that your Uncle made them with his own hands makes them so special.

Lee Laurie

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,
The picture of the cape cod home, is our home. All of the interior pictures are take at our Bed and Breakfast main house and cottage which we ran for 6 yrs and now have for sale. We are living now in one of the cottages at the Inn. I have one interior shot of the cape cod, our home labeled under "My Garden Party Table." We are planning to move back there early summer.We have owned the cape cod since 1985. I can't wait, as I love my little house. Plans of a dining addition and garage are in the works, as soon as we sell the Inn.

Vee said...

What a great idea for the stain them that way. The lampshade is great and the touch of whimsy made me grin.

Charmingdesigns said...

Those tables are wonderful What a keepsake

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to have your Uncle's tables in your home! They look fantastic!

Sandy said...

Oh Elizabeth - these tables are adorable! And what a treasure to have them made by an uncle. They are great for holding yarn. And look nice too. I'm using a large wicker basket and two plastic bins to hold my yarn in the family room and not really happy having it out. I think a cedar chest would be nice but don't know if I have room for it. Well, I like your tables and that color blue is to die for.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth!!You and gary did such a nice job with the tables...your uncle would have been so pleased. I have a table very similar to those, my aunt made it in a woodshop when she was in high's in the teddy bear room a bear is sitting on top of it... : ) have a sweet week! hugs, Jennifer

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I love something unique and you really fixed them up to enjoy! ♥

Beverly said...

What a treasure to have tables that your uncle made. The paint on the top is just the right touch. Love the one with tea set up between two chairs. Great job.

Melinda said...

I like the way the tables turned out--especially the RED one. :)
Your added whimsy on the lampshade is darling!

Good to see you at Dreaming.


Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Hi Elizabeth!
Thankyou for the sweet comment you left! I shipped your signs today (priority mail) and sent you a convo with a picture of 'Gary & Elizabeth' :)
Hope the rain & hail has let up for you! Those tables came out awesome, your uncle would be proud!!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Ahhhhh.........that made me tear up.....what a treasure. They look so pretty and I know you'll love them even more because of your Uncle John....handmade things are best, aren't they? Your room is sooooo pretty, welcoming and COZY! I want to come and have tea with you in that lovely space.

Big hugs!

Jaclynn_kyuss said...

Des is sitting here with me. I'll send her over to clean your garage! haha j/p :p

We are reading your blog and I was just telling Des that I am doing my lamp shades tomorrow. I'll post pics for you ;)

Oh and where is the music player? Did you want me to look into it more?

The Strawberry Mallard said...

Oh how lovely! What a great job you did on them...a family heirloom collection!

Wendy said...

Dear Elizabeth,
These tables are so beautiful and you did a great job with them. :)
You are such a gracious lady Elizabeth and I love when you leave me messages on my blog.
Thank you for being such a lovely blog friend.

BECKY said...

Elizabeth, I love that you kept these tables, and gave them new life in your home!! They are so unique and looks so great with the colored tops! What a wonderful idea!! Things look so lovely with Elizabeth's magic touch!!

Have a delightful Thursday, sweetie!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Elizabeth; Your Uncles tables turned out great!.. I am so sure he would love what you two did with them... such gorgeous treasures, they fit in really great in your home.. the colors are so pretty.. .love the lamp shade... have a great week.


nannykim said...

We used to have one similar when I was a child. They are great for yarn!!

ps. After seeing your post with the troll dolls the other day, I searched and found my two. They are now standing on my windowsill in one of my bathrooms--I smile when I see them.

Susan Freeman said...

Thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. It is so nice to meet you. I have scrolled through your blog a bit and can see that you are a kind sweet soul and your darling home reflects your personality. I will be back to visit you often!

Susan and Bentley

sandy said...

These look great, what a treasure to get these. I love getting these peeks into your beautiful house.

Domestic Designer said...

I just love these tables. How special to have some of your Uncle's handwork. I am going to show these to my husband. He does wood working too and I know he will be so impressed.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Sorry to hear about Kona. We do love our dogs and they become such an important part of the family.

Susie Q said...

These are just wonderful! And the fact that they cam from the hands of a dearfamily member, well, that makes them all the nmore perfect!
That lampshade is absolutely darling!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said... fun these are girl...and how special to have them remain with the family to me this kind of things are just PRICELESS....they look wonderful love the lamp one WOW!! thanks for sharing and for coming by my friend...Hope all is well on your piece of Calif. Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Nancy Yoakum said...

Glad you found a way to incorporate those into your home. I get very sentimental about things family has made. As a matter of fact the very table my computer is on my brother made. He passed away too young at 49 with a rare cancer, and it is so precious to me to have and use. I love the trim on the lamp shade, so very cute! Happy Sunday!

Warmly, Nancy

Lilly's Home Journal said...

These are beautiful! So wonderful to appreciate an artisan. He did beautiful work.
I also loved your little "Wa-La"...heheheh! My daughter took French classes and taught me the word, it is voila. It comes from a French expression literally meaning “look there!” Just a little fyi. heheheh!
Loved your post!
Blessings on your week!

The Cutest Cottage Lamps said...

Hello Elizabeth & Gary, I just love those tables! At first they looked a little "western?" but when you painted the tops and put them in your home, they fit just beautifully! AND they were made by your uncle, how great is that? You both have a great week,

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi sweetie! Catching up on your posts. I think the tables are wonderful. Nothing beats having something that a loved one created with their own two hands. Love your touch on them. Perfect!


kanishk said...

I love what you have done to them, and that lampshade is so pretty!Have a sweet day!
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