This table has seen better days. I don’t know when those days were, though, but definitely more than a few years ago. I honestly don’t remember where it came from…possibly handed down from friend or family(if so, I’m sorry for being slippery minded, but then again if you’re family you know I come by it quite naturally) but more than likely it was from a yard sale
cheap (because I am
cheap, er, frugal), and merely got stuck in the living room for holding stuff. I never bothered to fix it up because I probably figured something nicer’ll come along or simply because probably no one else will ever see it anyway.
Well, I’ve decided that these kind of things should get to look nice even if I’m the only one who ever sees, or even if we end up moving to timbuktu next month and have to get rid of it all. Gotta stop waiting for the somedays- ‘Someday we will own a home’ ‘Someday I will have a room just for my crafts’ ‘Someday we will have furniture that matches our style, not just for function’ ‘Someday I will refinish this, when I get around to it’.
Or, a Round Tuit.
Yup, I have challenged myself to find a Round Tuit for each of the projects I plan but never finish, or even start in some cases. So, here is Stage 1(or maybe Page 1? Well, there’s gonna be a lot…) of Operation: Tuits.
I chose something quick and easy (and cheap) so that I would be motivated to get going, and get (‘er) done. I also chose this piece because I do see it every day, and hopefully it will motivate me to find more Tuits real soon.
I am a bit of a cheaty crafter sometimes and didn’t bother to sand our sad little table, but I did give it a gentle scrub with lightly soapy water and vinegar to get rid of any unseen sticky spots and myriad finger prints, and left it in the sun to dry. When I was sure there weren’t any lingering drips or drops, I gathered my supplies and gave it a thin, even coat of creamy grey. (The drop cloth was not actually necessary as my backyard is primarily dirt and weeds, but I did use it as part of my [crazy] masking job later).
I’m not used to documenting my progress through a project, so I of course forgot to photograph a couple steps. But here’s a close-up to try to explain how I got my end result-
All total I think I did 3 really light coats of the grey, and 2 not-quite-as-light coats of the red. I made sure to wait about an hour between coats, and I let it dry overnight between colors and again before I brought it in the house. My masking tape did pull a few miniscule chips of grey when I removed it after letting the red dry for a couple hours. I’m thinking that means I should have let the grey dry longer before masking it off. Still, I think it looks pretty good, huh?
What are you gonna do with your Round TUIT?