Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Today I am sharing a little project I worked on at the lake while on vacation. We had a hideous little table that we bought who knows where and for the longest time I wanted to do something with it. It served as an end table next to my settee in the great room. So I picked up a quart of Benjamin Moore Cotton {the color} and got to work.
Just imagine a hideous wood table stained in oak. Two coats of paint and a lot of sandpaper...this is what we have.
...and here is it's new home. Funny, once you start to paint, you want to paint everything. And I barely used any of my quart. So the coffee table is next. Stay tuned.
And finally, hurray! I'm having a giveaway. Just because. I am giving away a $50.00 gift card to Target. Leave me a comment on this post and the next post and I'll throw your name in the hat. You must be a follower of my blog. If you mention it on your blog or post the logo with a link back to me, I will enter you three times. Leave only one comment on each post, please. Good luck, ladies.
Today I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday. it's the grand 27th, so visit Marty and thank her for all of her hard work. See you later in the week!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I have missed you! Glad to see you here. Your table is great!!! You know I am a faithful follower and I will go back and mention in my blog, linking back to you!!!
xoxo for the giveaway!

Mimi said...

Your table came out really great, Jane...I have a few pieces you can tackle. If I thought they would come out that nicely I would be working on them right now!
I am a follower, too.

Mitzi said...

Your table turned out really cute. Amazing what a little paint will do..
Please enter me in your Target giveaway.Marlynerskine@yahoo.com

Cherrie said...

I love the table, so cute!

susan said...

Jane-I am glad you got something accomplished while you have been lazing away at the lake! :) That table looks fantastic. I may have to paint something white soon(but I will have to hide from my husband). Did it takes lots of sanding---all the way to get the finish off? Please enter me--I'm a huge Target fan! ps-you know I am a follower!

Karen said...

Jane it is PERFECT! i think you did a great job. SOmetimes if you look at something long enough . . .
And you are so right about now wanting to paint everything in sight! Kinda scary huh?
:) Thanks for sharing!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Thank you for showing me this absolutely wonderful table makeover. People would pay a forturne to have this in thier home.
And what a great giveaway. Target has very cool and well priced things! I could get into big trouble there!
So nice to stop by today!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Well, Waa..aay Better!!! Now that girl looks like she belongs in your cottage. She knew it all along, but was just waiting for you to dress her up :)
Think that I will go paint something...you have inspired.
( I am going to try & post something later today.. I will mention your GREAT giveaway :)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Well this looks absolutely AWESOME!! I can't wait to see the coffee table! I am just thrilled when I actually FINISH a project...that is a little problem I have! lol

Great give away and you know I'm a follower :)

Lou Cinda :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a cute table and it turned out fabulous. You did just the perfect amount of distressing. Perfect. Your giveaway is fabulous. I'd love to have my name thrown in the hat. I am a follower of course. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Theresa said...

YIKES what a gorgeous table! I love it! It is WAY more beautiful white! You go Jane! Great job!

Now, I am a follower and I will post about it tomorrow with a link to you:) Have a blessed day and thanks for having a giveaway for my FAVORITE place!


Nancy's Notes said...

Jane, love your finished project, great job on that chair! It looks just awesome! Paint is always good, isn't it?

Have a great day!


April said...

Hello, again, my friend!
I know it's been awhile, but I've had so much on my plate that I needed to take a break. It's so good to be back! I love your table re-do! You did such a great job! You can bet that I'm a follower of yours and will continue to be! Have a WONDERFUL day!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

The table looks great. You did a wonderful job.
I'd love to enter your giveaway. I'm a follower too.
P.S. I'm having a giveaway too, so stop by if you get a chance :-)

myletterstoemily said...

i love your 'new' table! it looks gorgeous!

sweet giveaway!!!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That table turned out great! Can't wait to see the coffee table.

I am a follower....

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...
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meeyeehere said...

Wow,Thanks for the giveaway!!! Awesome! I am a follower so please do count me in! Ha!~ I almost missed that you were having a giveaway,I saw so many comments and read them and realized! TAbletop tuesday rules!!! Thanks!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the change you have made with this table. Hope you've been having a relaxing summer!

Suzann said...

Looks awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the table very nice.You must have lots of patience lol.I couldnt ever do something like that.Just a little bit of paint and something looks brand new almost.

Anonymous said...

Im a follower Jane.I wll post here in a second on my blog.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Jane, that is a great idea for a giveaway! Of course I'm a follower, so please enter me in the drawing. Connie

Kathleen Grace said...

I think the table looks great! Just the right amount of distressing and I really like the curvy shape:>)

xinex said...

Love what you did to the table, Janie. Love the chippiness! Of course, you know I am a follower!..Christine

Marianne@Songbird said...

That has certainly turned into one cute table! Painting is contageous isn't it, watch tables, here comes the white paint...

Paula said...

Your updated table was well worth the effort. It looks great!

A Target giveawat is a great idea. Who doesn't love Target? I'm a follower!

Debbie said...

WHAT a wonderful giveaway. Yes I am a follower...in fact when I first started blogging back in January you where one of the first blogs I followed:) Love your table...looks fantastic Jane. Thanks for your input on my survey. Debbie

Kathy said...

Beautiful table redo!!!
Of course I've been following since the get go!
Have fun with the give-a-way...
Love Tar'jay.
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Jane said...

Great job on the table. I love the distressed look!
Thanks for offering the giveaway. I would love to be entered and I am a follower.
Thanks again,

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your table turned out darling...doesn't look at all like the same piece of furniture! I am certainly a follower...maybe you can win mine and I can win yours!

Debbie said...

Hi Jane~~~The table looks so perfect for your lake house. Great job!!!
Hope you have been enjoying your summer.
I am a follower!

Olive Cooper said...

Jane, love the distressed look of the now white table. Well done. hugs♥olive

Kathleen said...

Jane you did a great job! I really don't think it was hideous though, you wouldn't keep anything hideous in your house! And now I am looking at my tables wondering if they are hideous!! :(
I will put you giveaway up, and of course I follow you. Who wouldn't? :)

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Janie, the table is just fab. It is sooo adorable. Great job!

Enter me please, I am a follower. Very nice gift!

I will start Susan Branch's Autumn book next week. I just adore it and reread each Fall.

Have a super week.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Lori said...

Loving the table ~ what a fantastic outcome!

Although we do not have a Target here it would be a great excuse to go stateside for a week-end ~ please throw my name in the hat!! And I have been a follower from way back :o)

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Oh Jane! I LUUURRRVVV the table! It turned out fantastic. And a giveaway too?! Awesome! Stop by and enter my giveaway this week if you have time too. HUGS

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Hi Jane..
I love how your new table turned out.. I am a follower and would love to be added to your giveaway..


Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Why Jane, I didn't know you were such a great painter! Not only can you paint, you can distress beautifully. I don't dare get started painting. I don't think I'd ever stop. I tend to be very compulsive that way.

Donna said...

The table has so much character...you'd love to have it anywhere!
Love to be in the Target giveaway!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

It's hard to believe that is the same table! It turned out great and you did the perfect amount of distressing. You did a really great job.
I'd love my name thrown in the hat and of course I'm a follower.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Janie! Wow! What a perfect job you did distressing that little table! It's fantastic! What a huge difference a little paint makes, huh? :) Please throw my name in your hat for your terrific giveaway. I LUV Target!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Heaven's Walk - said...

I've been a fan and follower of yours for a while --- and still loving you and your blog, friend!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Heaven's Walk - said...

Oh! And I'll be linking back to you on my blog! :)

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Sonia said...

Hi Blondie,

I just love that little white table and how you finished it! Looks fabulous. I'm a follower and would love to be in your giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

Miss Bloomers

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Wow...the table turned out beautifully! Love it!

Great giveaway! Who doesn't love Target!


Shirley said...

Hi Jane, Your table looks more antique and I like it so much better after you painted it. I am a follower and I would love to enter your giveaway. Your Missouri friend.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

The table looks great, nice paint job! Can't wait to see the coffee table!

I'm a Follower, hope to win!


The Feathered Nest said...

What a gorgeous makeover for your side table!!!! I love the distressed look of it, no wonder you want to get busy painting more! I would love to be entered into your giveaway Jane and I'm now a follower ~ xxoo, Dawn

Anonymous said...

You did a wonderful job on your table. All chipped up and old looking -- just like a brand new "old" table. Perfect. What a grand giveaway too! Thanks for the opportunity!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Jane,
You did a fabulous job girl, I just love it! It works so perfectly in a lake house! Gorgeous! And your right, once you start painting things it's hard to stop! But it's fun too!
Thanks for the B-Day wishes girl!
Miss Ya and hope we can get together soon.
Big Hugs,

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Jane,
I love that wallpaper and that lamp too, just went back and looked again.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hi Jane, you did a great job on your table! I want to paint some furniture too, but I'm contemplating on the right thing. I just can't seem to decide. OH MY! Decisions Decisons!

Of course enter me in the contest...thanks so much!

Daydream Living said...

Hi Jane,
I realy like what you have done to that little table, it's so cute! I love to enter your give away but Target is a bit too far for me...
Have a good day!

Rebecca said...

Wow...I came over to say THANKS for the sweet comments you left on my bloggie yesterday Jane...I didn't KNOW you were giving away a $50 gift card to TAR-JHEY!!! What fun!

Now...I love your makeover table. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! As try as I do I just cannot do the dark look anymore. Some peeps successfully mix things up but I just can't. Your piece looks FRESH and lovely and I would sooo have this in my home.

OK girly. I'm off! Have a wonderful day enjoying life. It is good!

Love to you~


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

You're painting too! What a cute table that turned out to be. Yep, the power of paint, it can't be beat. Great job, Jane! Thanks for stopping by to see me.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning Jane...girl I had to take my No-Doz just to get to the bottom of all the comments ha ha!! Girl I love your seet table and how did you talk Hubs into letting you paint the wood...seems I remember he don't like wood painted...please do tell me the secret as I have one that every time I mention paint he freaks out on me...it took me 3 years to even paint that old yucky desk in my sun room and had to do it while he was out of town..too late for him to get mad then ha ha!! and you know what after I did it he liked it so much better...go figure men!! Hope all is well in your world my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Janean said...

what a great makeover. it's amazing how far a quart of paint can go. can't wait to see the coffee table!

Sarah said...

Jane, you did an amazing job on this table. I'll be eager to see what you do with the coffee table. You are inspiring me!
Thanks for including me in your generous give away.

Kimberly said...

Perfect! Don't we all just love Target! I shop there at least once a month.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

In love with your "table" you did a fabulous job!!!
I think I live at Target :) Thanks for the chance

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Great job!!!

But please don't enter me in the give-away. I don't enter other's give-aways, because I've never done one myself.

Patticake said...

Love the table!
Thanks for the chance to win a fabulous giveaway!

Life on the Edge said...

Now that is gorgeous! I think that a little white paint can make many things look so much better. I love how you sanded it too to give it that shabby chic look.

Please do enter me in your giveaway! I am already a follower of your blog.

Life on the Edge

Melissa Miller said...

Oooohhh this turned out so fresh and fabulous Jane! I just adore it.

I love Target! My favorite store.
Thank you for the chance. :)

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, you did a great job on that little table! I love it1
What a nice giveaway! Please please enter my tiny name and I've been a follower a long time! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You did an outstanding job on this table and yes once you start painting, you just what to paint everything. Please count me in on your TARJAY giveaway...you and I have been following each other for a long time!


shelia said...

Like the table, am now a follower.

Kerry said...

What a great job Jane. I love the lantern on the top as well.

Pondside said...

Well done on that table, Jane. It has just the right look. I'm glad I'm a follower, and can think of a few ways to spend that certificate at the Target when I'm down in WA.

Sherry said...

Jane that table looks fantastic! Can't wait to see the coffee table. I am ready to paint my kitchen table, it is long overdue. Please enter me and I am a follower! Thanks.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Cute, Jane!! Can't wait to see the table done :)
We'd love to be entered in your giveaway...and we will let our facebook family know as well!!

stefanie said...

boy what a difference paint makes!!!! love it!! and definitly love TARGET!!!! hooray...please enter me!!

AshTreeCottage said...

Wow Jane ~ great job and a terrific improvement. I know what you mean about painting! Once I start I want to paint everything!! I'm may be coming to Chicago sometime next month. I hope we can get together and maybe Robin can come up for a visit too.

Susan and Bentley

Donna said...

The table looks fabulous! Love it.

I love Target too...please enter me in your giveaway. I am a follower!


Anne Marie said...

great job Jane!! it looks waaay better in white....don't you just get the itch to do it to more pieces now??

it's beautiful outside today isn't it??

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

I love the table, too! Once you start painting something it is hard to stop with just that piece. I am a follower!

Sandra said...

Love your table makeover...I love furniture in whites. I have been to your blog many times...just found out I wasn't even a follower BUT I am now. Enjoy the rest of summer!

Sherry said...

What a beautiful table! You've inspired me!

My Grama's Soul said...

We been gone for a while....so thought I would see what you were up to. Great paint job on that table....and what a great give-away.

Please throw my hat in the ring.....Target....is one store they do have up here in Montana!!! (OI:(O:



koralee said...

Oh my friend...I so love your sweet little table..good job! Thank you for all your sweet comments you leave me. xoxoxo

Beth at Aunties said...


You ddid a wonderful job turning what you thought to be hideous into a real beauty. I LOVE turning old furniture into pieces of interest and shoing another beautiful side. The color you chose turned out perfect as did your hard work of sanding to distress.
Opps I thought I was a follower...because I follow you on my blog roll:) I am now.
Enjoy a great weekend!

susitravl said...

Good job on the table! It looks great. I follow your blog via GFC

Rettabug said...

I think your table turned out to be a darling little accent piece, Jane! Well done!!

I can't believe I wasn't a follower of yours before now. ~blush~ I could have sworn I signed up long ago. I certainly have been reading your blog for a long time.

Thank you for the chance to win the Target gift card. It is one of my favorite stores!


I'll go post about your giveaway on my sidebar right now!

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Love your table, it looks fantastic. Thanks so much for visiting me and I am now a follower of yours. Have a great weekend.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Blondie, you did a great job on that table. It is very addictive. I want to paint everything, too. I am a follower.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh what a fantastic makeover! Well done my friend.

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Jane, I love what you did with your table, it is beautiful. What a wonderful giveaway, thank you for the opportunity to win. Have a wonderful week. Terri

raggygirlvintage said...

Hi Blondie, I just love reading about other bloggers lives, thanks for sharing some of yours! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I live in Canada but make regular visits across the border to shop at Target!!
Have a fab day and send that warm weather up north, it's cloudy today and I want summer back!!

Jenny said...

Ooooh.... Target!



I will even write a little "Ode to Target" to increase my odds of winning...

Target is sweet
Target is good
Please pick me
I think you should.


Happy Friday.

Jenny said...

I've been reading your blog for some time now. What happened to my follow you thing? Strange.

Sweet as June said...

cute little side table Jane!

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Thanks for visiting-although I should be punished for not blogging for sooo long! I have so many projects around this house!!! My older son decided to paint the basement a great shade of gray-but is leaving us to finish up! I love your table! Isn't it true that a little paint is an inspiring thing-or dangerous!!
PS I need to start The Help!

Shellbelle said...

Your table turned out FABULOUS! I want to do this to my furniture, but I'm so afraid I'll mess it up, lol.

I would love to win this gift card, I know they sell paint! That would be good incentive to finally paint my stuff.

I made a button for your giveaway and posted it in my sidebar. I want every chance I can get!


nancarts said...

Blondie...Love the little table. You did a great job. I am noting the name of that paint, and next time I decide I need white paint, that will be it!

I am a follower of your great blog.

Please include me in the give away and thanks! Love Target! Who doesn't?

Smiles and Blessings,

bj said...

O, I love that new table..well, it LOOKS new, now..;)
O, I need new flatware and Target has such cute ones...Hope I win.:)
Thanks for giving us a chance...
hugs, bj

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Janie! I love what you did with the table. It is very cute.

You are sweet to be doing a giveaway, and I would love to enter. I've been a follower since the early days when I first discovered your blog. :-)

Still on blog break, but I wanted to stop by and pay you a visit.



Gypsy Heart said...

I would so love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity ~

The table is adorable. What is the next project?


P.S. Long time follower here ~

Penny said...

Great job on the table Jane. I Target gift certificate would not go to waste. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Thank you for giving us all a chance to win such a generous giveaway.
Enjoyed my vist very much to your site today

Denise said...

Oooh I love me some Tarjay ;-) what a generous giveaway.
Love what you did to the table.

Privet and Holly said...

I think I see
a little business
opportunity for you,
Jane, repurposing
furniture! This looks
really sweet. And
YOU are sweet for
having this generous
giveaway ~ thank you : )
xx Suzanne
PS: I follow, follow,

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Hello Jane! Thank you for your comments on my blog lately... I've been MIA alot this summer! What a generous giveaway - please toss my name in your hat (and I've been a follower for a while now)! ;)

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Hello, I just found you and you have a lovely blog. Look forward to following you.


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohhh...I just about missed your fabulous giveaway! How very sweet of you to do this for us! Yes...yes...YES...please throw my name in the giveaway hat! Of course, I have been a very delighted follower of Blondie's Journal for some time now! Thank you, Janie!!!

Now...let's talk about this fabulous table redo! Girlfriend, I just love it! It turned out sooo pretty and it looks absolutely perfect where you placed it! It's so much fun to transform a piece like this...isn't it? I can't wait to see how the coffee table turns out! Have fun and enjoy, sweet lady!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Thanks for asking me over...you have been a good follower of mine with your lovely comments. I have you on my blog roll now so I can keep up with the lovely things you are doing!
You have great taste girl!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

It's amazing what a little paint can do! You're little table turned out so cute. And I love the little lamp you set on it. Very cute!
Patricia :o)

Ps: Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm a new follower!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

It's amazing what a little paint can do! You're little table turned out so cute. And I love the little lamp you set on it. Very cute!
Patricia :o)

Ps: Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm a new follower!

Kim said...

I love how the table turned out Jane and yes, painting furniture can be addicting - just ask Kim from Savvy Southern Style! LOL!
Oh and I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!

Jennifer said...

Jane your table looks great!!! I really love it!!! Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!


Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

You did a fantasic job on your table. Don't you love when projects turn out like that?!

Lindy said...

Wow, you would not recognize that table in a crowd!!!