Saturday, May 29, 2010

Farm Table Re-do

I found this table and chairs at a barn sale a few years ago.  Their size and shape were instantly appealing -- and, surprise, they were in good shape.  One of the supports for the drop leaf needed to be replaced, but other than that, the set was in tip-top condition, considering its age.   Of course being old and oft-used brought dings and dimples, but to me this just added character.

When I bought the set, it was painted yellow and organge ---think 1970's.  And where the paint had chipped, you could see a rainbow of previous colors, including turquoise and dark green.  Why did I forget to take a "before" photo? 

The set languished in my workshop for a long time, waiting for me to get an inspiration.  That moment came when my sister moved into her new home and casually mentioned that she needed a table for her kitchen.  Knowing her style - sort of whimsical but graphic, and always with a touch of black, I was able to dive into the project.

The entire set was painted a soft grey-green.
For amusement and inspiration, phrases were loosely lettered along each side of the table top, including this Irish blessing -- so appropriate because my sister has a great gift for hospitality:

Come in the evening, come in the morning
Come when expected, come without warning.
Thousands of welcomes, you'll find here before you
And the oftener you come, the more we'll adore you.

Each chair has a different piece of fruit.

Bon Appetit!

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