Jan 152014

I am true believer in the saying “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”.   So a few months ago when I spotted a beat up little table, apparently ready to be discarded on a friend’s porch, I just had to ask about the little table’s future.   The reply:  “That stuff is all garbage.  Take whatever you want.”  After a mental happy dance, I stashed it in my car!

cute before 1

Weathered but oh so cute!

Definitely in need of some TLC

Definitely in need of some TLC

Yes, it was beat up and weathered but the shape and the detail was exquisite! And it was all wood, no veneer!

Sanding the top and the shelf revealed a beautiful walnut grain.  I decided I would give this cutey a wood and paint finish.  I stained the top and shelf in my favourite go-to walnut stain.  Using some left over paint, I mixed up some home made chalk paint and painted the rest.  After lightly distressing the piece, I topped it off with a few coats of non-yellowing varathane.  So easy and so cute!






Should I give it back to them?


Look how great it looks with my living room rug!



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  21 Responses to “If You Don’t Ask…”

  1. Lucky you! The table looks amazing! Good save!

  2. What a great transformation! This piece would look great with some writing on the edges too. I found the same kind of table this shape years ago and back then it was the norm to just refinish with stain, and boy it sure turned out wonderful. Left it with the ex so I don’t know what ever became of it, but this is a nice reminder of such a lovely piece. Good job!

  3. You did the work and saw the potential! It’s all yours and its gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  4. The table looks great! The stain you picked goes beautifully with your hardwood floors.

  5. Hi Joan,
    So glad I found your blog over at DIY Vintage Chic. You have created such a lovely gem from that little table. What a treasure. You give me hope, lol. Have a great weekend.

  6. I was thinking as I read and looked, I could not give up this table. Good – you didn’t – looks great with the rug. Love the small detail of the bottom shelf being wood and paint also.

  7. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂


    Claire x

  8. Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. I am featuring you lovely blue table on I’ve Got The Monday Blues Jan 20th 🙂
    Lovely work!!

  9. Wow that turned out so nice! The neighbor may be jealous when she sees it! Love that you mixed the stained wood and painted finish together.

  10. I would hide that next time your friend stops by! It turned out gorgeous!! XO

  11. Gorgeous transformation. I love the stained wood against the white paint. Amazing! Oh, I am your newest follower on bloglovin an also on twitter.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  12. Great project !!

    I would love you to come and share @ Craft, Create & Inspire linky party !!!

    Look forward to seeing you there 🙂


    Claire x

  13. Joan, it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again next Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. So true!! Definitely my kind of Redoux! Featuring tomorrow, thank you!

  15. […] how much I love my junk.  In fact you can follow along here with Trashy Tuesdays.  Joan from Nicer than New follows my philosophy, “If you don’t ask”…..  If something looks like it […]

  16. WOW…you sure worked your magic! Thanks for sharing!

  17. What a pretty table. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  18. what a fantastic find!! love serendipitous moments like that!

  19. […] Nicer Than New has yet again transformed trash to treasure!  You have to see this little table just before it was saved from being discarded!  You WILL NOT believe the upcycling on this one!  A must see!  What a little beauty she is now! […]

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