Feb 092014

A few weeks back, I posted a “Chess Anyone” table makeover where I took an odd sized table and turned it into a games table. 

This is the “before” picture:


See anything interesting?

The round table in the middle was the table I made into a game table. 
Now I want you to take a very close look at this picture. 
Does anything immediately jump out at you as being interesting? 
Come on!  Seriously… be honest!

Well, when I published this post, my niece Sheilagh, a certified interior designer and amazing quilter, emailed me within minutes

All Sheilagh wanted to know was, when I purchased the tall round table, did I get that weird little table in the background?  The one with with two tiers and the angled legs????   So much for my amazing post, all she could see was a potentially fabulous Mid-Century Modern Coffee table! 

I did indeed acquire this table at the same time and it truly  is the treasure of the lot!

Up here in the Great White North (Canada) we have had many amazing furniture manufacturers.  Canadian-made really means something especially if you are looking at Mid Century Modern furniture.  And this piece is no exception. 

I love researching furniture origins.  This piece was built by Snyder Manufacturing in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.  This city is not far from Toronto.  It was in business for 114 years! and closed in 2004.   Imagine!  114 years! 

When Heywood-Wakefield was making its name in the US, Snyder was doing it in Canada. 

Back to my estate sale purchase, YES I did get this cute table and soon it will belong to Sheilagh AND she has the plan!  Who  am I to argue with an designer!


Snyder Mfg Table: Mid Century Modern!


The top needs work!

 Stay tuned for the transformation!

In the meantime, check out Sheilagh’s quilting talent at
Lay It On Me Baby!
for extraordinary Quilting talent!

Tell me honestly… did you see the table? 
Did it look special to you?
Do you love MCM?


I Do!  and would love to hear your suggestions!
(but you know I need to go with the Designer!)
It will be




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  18 Responses to “Do YOU Have a Designer’s Eye?”

  1. Joan, personally I see this gorgeous find in either graphite or pure white chalk paint with an amazing circular graphic on the top. Can’t wait to see what you end up doing with it! Your table caught eye over at the Give Me The Goods Party.

    • Thanks Marie! There are so many cool things to do with this table but Sheilagh has a love of MCM so I will be taking her lead. Stay tuned!

  2. Oh that’s hilarious, she wanted to know about the table that you weren’t posting about! hehe. That is a very cool looking table!

    • Hi Heather! Thanks for dropping by! Oh she liked my chess table too but she had been on the lookout for a MCM table for her small living room. When I checked back on her Pinterest … OH YES! I can see how this caught her eye! I can’t wait to finish it for her. Be sure to check back!

  3. Like you chess table makeover

  4. I love mid century modern and this table is amazing. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  5. Ha! I saw that table in the background too! I love mid century. Can’t wait to see the transformation!

  6. No, I’m not a fan of MCM, having grown up with it in all it’s stark splendour. I think it’s cute that your niece saw that little table right away!

  7. You did good!!! I love both of those tables. Can’t wait to see the transformation!

  8. Well, I agree with your niece: that is a gorgeous table! You have a great eye!! 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  9. great article Joan! Thanks so much for linking up at Creativity Unleashed Link Party last week. Featuring you tomorrow on the blog as our most clicked link! Hope to see you back!

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  12. Okay…so I saw the table…but only because you said to look closely! I also noticed how much I love the legs of the table that you turned into the game table! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow last week…sorry I’m so slow to comment! 🙂

    – Brooke –

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  14. I must admit I spotted the table in the background immediately. Working as a furniture restorer I am always on the look out for interesting pieces. I will definitely check out the finished project. Your niece certainly has a good eye for design.

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