Friday, October 15, 2010

tulip table

yesterday, i was down in my hometown of good ol' griffin, georgia, and i stopped at one of my favorite thrift stores. now, you may (or probably may not) remember that when i was searching for a new table for our little breakfast nook, i really wanted a tulip table. the problem was that all of the ones i found were too big for our space. they all fitted 4 people, and i really just needed a 2 person table. anyway, you may remember that i settled with this table, which was ok (even though i liked my little mod table, i still secretly wished i had the tulip table!), but yesterday, i hit the jackpot!

i noticed this guy sitting in a mix of furniture cast offs:


he was marked 6.99! my wheels immediately started spinning, and i thought "ohh, i could get a new top made for it! or..i could use the one i currently have, and just screw it into this base..." a plan was hatched. as you can see, the table top of this guy was just a piece of plywood (with the screws from the base scarily sticking up out of the wood from underneath!). so, i asked the store manager if it was ok if i just unscrewed the table top and left it at the store. i didn't want to worry about even taking the table top, when i knew i wouldn't use it.

i brought it home, and immediately went to work on it. i screwed my old table top (which is the perfect size for our space) into the base of this table:

then, i filled in some chipping parts with wood filler:

and then primed and spraypainted this baby white:

i love my new table! i'm so happy that i found it. the table base is SUPER heavy, and it was actually kind of rusted underneath, so i can't really read any of the numbers or letters that are on it. i'm sure that it is really old, and i have no idea how to tell if it's a real knoll table or not. any advice from you people?

next, i have to do something about the chairs. i really want some chinese chippendale bamboo chairs, similar to this:


but, i haven't found any yet. let's hope a solution presents itself soon. i hope to figure something out this weekend. hope everyone has a nice one :)


  1. I love bamboo chairs like those, and always find some in my area on eBay. You should check it out! Also, great work on the table... I just love those tulip bases!

  2. What a great find! How cool you had a table top that is perfect for it! Janell

  3. Lucky girl! That's an awesome find...and for $6.99?!?! Crazy.

  4. Wow! So clean and elegant. Love the contours. I think almost any chairs will look good with it (the mark of a great table).

  5. I'll look for your chairs at yardsales and thrift stores if you keep an eye out for a boring ole wooden pedestal base for me. You know like the classic standard thick wooden pedestal base.
    Deal? Deal. ;)

  6. Hi Kristin! I'm loving the nook - fabulous as always.

    I look at your blog in google reader and the picures aren't showing just says photobucket. You may want to look at it!

    Look for your chairs at Ballard Outlet on holcomb bridge

  7. erika - straaaaange...i'm not sure what to do? i'm a little technologically challenged. let m eknow if it continues to do that......

    and thanks for the heads up at ballard...i will do that.

  8. SCORE!! what an awesome find...and you made it look perfect!


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