Have you seen the yarn tables from the ‘60’s or 70’s? Several years ago my friend found one and had it brought to me. Ever since then whenever I see one I have to buy it. It has been over a year since I have seen any in the local thrift stores. Not too long ago I stopped at a nearby thrift store and there it was in all its brown glory. When You See A Yarn Table Be Playful With ItClick To Tweet
The table is a Heyward Wakefield table and very sturdy and heavy. Did I feel guilty knowing I was going to paint it? For a brief second. Had it been one of the midcentury designs I would have left it alone. Sometimes you should be playful and paint a table to reflect it.
If you ever get lucky to find a yarn table start with cute, fun knobs. There is always a fake one on the front. Take it off and stash it away. Get 2 knobs, because it just looks cute to have one on top, plus it makes it easier to lift the lid.
The ones I had in the stash are a leopard design. That was the inspiration. And I have been wanting to paint something black so it worked out.
Knowing this table was going to bleed through I gave it 2 coats of primer. Did I need to? Maybe not since it was going to be black but I learned my lesson well and primed it.
The 2 holes on the front were filled and a new one drilled in between them. I also used the spade drill bit to allow the screw to sink in a little because the screw was not as long as a lot of the knobs I buy. A new hole was drilled on the top and I also used the spade drill bit on the top hole.
The black paint was mixed with the Poppie’s Furniture Paint Powder and I was ready to go. The coverage was good but I still gave it 2 coats of paint.
I found a leopard stencil and decided to stencil the entire top. A combination of paint was mixed to match the knobs but it isn’t exact. But that is ok.
Now the hinges and screws got a coat of black spray paint. But before I painted them, I did the “is it real brass test”. Put a magnet up against the hardware, if the magnet doesn’t stick it is real. It may have a brass coating or other metal besides brass and the magnet will stick. If you recall I didn’t paint the drawer pulls on the bright dresser because they were brass.
When the paint was dry the table got a coat of wax, then put back together. The inside was left as is and coordinates very nicely with the outside. Can you tell I had fun working on this? I hope you find a yarn table in your travels and be playful with it.
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