Feb 202014

It seems as though all of North America is having particularly cold winter.  We in Toronto have not been without our fair share of ice and snow.  I could gripe on but do you know what?  Let’s just get on with it!  My husband and I were avid skiers and embraced living in a colder climate long ago.  All you need to do is dress for it and winter can be the most amazing time of year.  Note I said “amazing” NOT “favourite”!

So when lst Saturday proved to be a beautiful and sunny day with near freezing temperatures, I took my work outside.  The back and south facing side of our home overlooks a ravine and it quite lovely.  So I dragged my work table (which is actually a dog grooming table 🙂 ) and stripped and sanded a couple of pieces I have been DYING to get to!  The north facing, unheated garage just doesn’t do it for me so there I was stripping and sanding … IN THE SNOW!

Here is the first table.  I found this last summer on the FREE section of Craigslist.  I was a bit disappointed to find it was not actually a “quality made” table.  In fact, I think it was originally from Walmart.  But what can I say?  It was FREE!  The finish on the top was thick so I needed to strip it. Did you know chemical strippers are not affected by temperature?  Actually, I think it was easier since it did not dry out!    I only stripped the horizontal parts because I was going to paint the vertical parts.  The oak veneer was quite lovely.


Oak veneer with solid frame… Walmart special!


Yep! We read the conservative Globe and Mail and yes! there is a report about Putin and the Olympics. GO TEAM CANADA!

I also started working on the Mid-Century Modern table my designer niece is coveting.  This too will have a stain and paint treatment.  Stay tuned!  t reminds me of the Jetson’s … man that must date me!


Solid Birch. Canadian Made. Mid Century Modern! LOVE!


Top is a mess but no fear!


There is grain under the mess!


WOW! I cannot wait to see this finished!!!!

The moral of this post is:  JUST DO IT!!!! Get  outside and love it when the sun is shining!

(Not recommended when the sun is not shining.  Then it kind of feels like WORK!  LOL!

 Stay Tuned!

These pieces will soon be

Nicer Than NEW!


  7 Responses to “Make Like Nike and “Just Do It””

  1. Ha ha ha Joan – yup, just do it! Can’t wait to see what you do with that mid-century table. Caught my eye over at the Creativity Unleashed Party!

  2. Great finds! Looking forward to the reveal! thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a fun weekend!

  3. I remember that coffee table! Yep dress for the weather and you can manage. Winter is my fave time of year, I live in Tennessee and it gets nice and chilly. I used to live in Florida and when it was 45F I would just shiver; I didn’t have the clothes for winter that I have now, so even though it wasn’t all that cold it was still almost unbearable!

  4. Wow, such amazing tables and the wood really is pretty under all that veneer. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Exactly – we all talk about making furniture but we need to get up off our bums and just do it! I’ve been saying for a few months that i’m going to upcycle my TV unit, but it’s still sitting there the same!

  6. Brrr!!! I’m with your niece, totally coveting that table!!! I can’t wait to see the results!!! XO, Aimee – ItsOverflowing.com

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