It rained cats and dogs here yesterday - and when it does that - for some reason my brain starts getting a little creative...............( think of trying to entertain a child on a rainy day - ain't easy )
Smack in the middle of working on the plank wall - ( because I seem to have a huge problem with finishing anything lately ) another idea was born................what if I took my little farmhouse table ( which does in fact open up to double the size in the photo below - you can see that post HERE ) and added planks to the top to make it even bigger - a real " work station " type of top?
|in our previous home|
Suzan says - OMG John - I just had such a fantastic idea
John says - Oh no............
Suzan says - I want to plank the antique farmhouse table in the kitchen
John says - ARE YOU INSANE? THAT'S AN ANTIQUE - I'M NOT SCREWING ANYTHING INTO THE TOP OF THAT..................
Suzan says - But
John says - NO - N.O. - NO WAY - FORGET ABOUT IT
I have a thinking ( SHOWER ) cap that I keep in the linen closet - ( you can actually see me wearing it HERE ) I sometimes use it when I'm painting - seriously - especially if I'm painting a tall piece where paint may end up on my hair - but it also works for thinking strangely enough - and within minutes I had a plan ( because I'm nothing - absolutely nothing - if not determined.
Suzan says - What if I had a way where the original top would not be affected at all?
John says - Well that's impossible - how are you going to stop the piece from sliding all over the place without screwing it into the wood?
Suzan says - LIKE THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First we put brackets underneath the planks to hold them all together
Next we flipped it over and ran a pencil along the underside where the " real " table ends
And put a piece of molding on either side to hold the plank top in place - like this
Ideally we would have put molding on all 4 sides - but I couldn't afford the space it would take to make the table larger in depth - only length - but a piece of anti slip rubber ( like you use under carpets ) will hold it perfectly.
This is how it looks underneath - locking it in
Next I painted the top with ASCP Pure White...............again imperfection is fine - this is only the first step
Once that was dry - I made a wash with French Linen ( I eyeball it at this point - but half water - half paint is usually a good rule of thumb )
This took very little paint - maybe 3 tablespoons - this little bit was all I needed
After brushing it on
I'm a very fast painter - if you aren't - this last step should be done in sections because a " wash " dries very quickly.
When you're done you should have a piece that looks like sun aged driftwood
This piece is now large enough for me to have a small prep area
I feel like I should have my own cooking show now !!!
Suzan says - can you take a couple of photos for me?
John says - of what?
Suzan says - of me, in the kitchen, in front of the new table
John says - Okay
I hurriedly pulled together some accessories
John says - Oh for God's sakes, I don't have time for this nonsense
Suzan says - c'mon - it'll be funny
Suzan says - Wow - I thought I was the world's lousiest photographer
John says - Is it bad?
Suzan says - Well it's very blurry which I don't mind at all - but I don't look anything like Giada de Laurentiis
in this whatsover..................
John says - Who the hell is that?
Are you impressed with my planked table idea?
No? How about if I told you I painted it and white washed it in my favorite little black dress?
Yes I did - I most certainly did! ( I like to live on the edge like that ) I used to go dancing till the wee hours when I felt like having fun. Now I sometimes paint in " good " clothes instead.
John says - that's the last thing we're doing to that table, you understand?
Suzan says - yessir ( but only because I can't think of a single thing more I could do to it myself.
We added a shelf on the bottom HERE
and height to it HERE
and now we've added some " girth " lol
and it's removable if and when we choose to take it off
NOT A SINGLE DROP OF THE ORIGINAL WOOD WAS DAMAGED IN CREATING THIS POST...................
I'm going to chop and dice up Corn Pops and have a bowl of cereal at the table now - and then I'm going to put polyurethane on it to protect it. ( 4 coats - since it will be getting a lot of use )
In my little black dress.
If anyone from the Food Network wants to contact me please drop me a line here on the blog - we can discuss salary.
Have a wonderful day!
Partying here !
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