A Tale of Three Tables and a Chest

It’s my thought that you just can’t have too many tables. End tables, bedside tables, side tables, little tables, tall tables — they all come in handy to fill those empty spaces in our rooms. This summer, I ran across three tables that needed a home and some love. I found two of them at my favorite thrift store and one at a church garage sale. At the church garage sale I also found a neat little chest that I knew would be perfect for Oldest Daughter’s bedroom. She needed a table with a narrow depth to go under a mirror. She uses the mirror to apply her make-up in the mornings. The chest would be perfect as the dimensions were right and the drawers could hold all her cosmetics.

Okay so back to the tables. One was round and squatty and would be a perfect bedside table for my niece. One was tall and thin and would be a perfect for my nephew’s room. And the last one, Older Daughter put dibs on for her living room.

For all three tables and the chest, the color of choice was black, semi-gloss paint. I applied four coats of latex polyurethane to the tops of the tables for durability.

But the chest offered a challenge.  I couldn’t find handles that worked. (The original handles, one of which was broken, were inset within routed circles.) I couldn’t find any type of pull to fit the holes and cover the circles that had been cut out for the previous handles. Then I remembered these little round pull handles I had taken off another chest that I use as a printer stand in my office. Amazingly they fit the holes perfectly. But they still weren’t right.  The brass handles just didn’t work.

So a little silver Rub & Buff to the rescue. Perfect! Knowing Older Daughter was going to use it as a make-up chest, I lined the drawers in black and white scrapbook paper. Out of newspaper, I made a template of the top of the chest and took it to the local mirror and glass store. They cut glass top that makes for easy dusting and cleaning.

So that’s the story of three tables and a chest.


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