Friday, December 05, 2008

You Can't Always Get What You Want . . .

I wanted a new kitchen table because my design colors changed, but I still had that 1990s-oak-top-white-legs table. Ugh.

So, daughter #2 and I went out shopping. We found a gorgeous Italian Mosiac table that would look great. When I told my husband that it was only $2,000, he just laughed and walked away. That kinda led me to believe that I would not be encouraged to purchase that beautiful table. Which is really too bad because it's so attractive, it's something that my kids could fight over after I'm gone.

We hit the malls and furniture stores again. If I liked the top of the tables, I found the legs to be too skinny. I kept saying, "If only this table had legs like the one I'm replacing." After a few days of not finding something perfect, I got the bright idea to strip and stain my table, and then it would look like the one I liked in Pottery Barn.Here are my darling daughters' staining it.

Unfortunately, the stain didn't work out. It was blotchy. See it below? Bleck!!

Then I decided, what the hey -- I'll paint it purple!

And that's what I did. I'm happy with the way it turned out. Purple is an accent color in my kitchen and family room (If you click on the image you can see the purple in my wallpaper border by the door to the yard). The table legs are a deep brown as are the new chairs. And a neat thing is that the chair legs are the same color wood that's in the adjacent family room.

And then, I painted the computer table that's behind the table to the left.

So, perhaps you can't always get what you want, but usually you can get what you need. Ahh, contentment -- with what I've got.


Jan Parrish said...

Beautiful. I love it.

CandaceCalvert said...

Great idea . . . love it when we can channel our "inner Martha."

I went ga-ga over purple accents myself, after doing Beth Moore's Bible Study about the Tabernacle. Purple is apparently one of God's favorite colors. :-)

Megan DiMaria said...

Thanks, Jan.

Candace, it thrills me to know that purple is one of God's favorite colors. said...

Sounds like your husband's 1970's philosophy :0)


tonya said...

I have tried to refinish furniture before as well, mine didn't work out either. Paint, you have to love it, it covers everything. :)

I love the table. Purple is my favorite color.

Leslie said...

That looks gorgeous - and very classy.