Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Tale of Two Tables.

It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times.
Okay I'm just kidding... it was actually a pretty good day.  I listed my old kitchen table on Craig's list because it was big.  We're talking ten-people-with-the-leaf-in, big.  I needed smaller.  Like, 960-square-foot-house-size, smaller to be exact.  I found a pedestal table that I really liked at Ikea for $250.00.  But let's just be honest here.  Ikea is a great place for accessories, futons, first-time furniture purchases, and kid zoned areas, while not so much a great place, for quality, well-made, wooden tables that will stand up to homeschooling, science projects, pie making, and the like.  (Not that I'd ever dis Ikea.  Cause I happen to love it there.)

My table, once listed, sold for an amount I thought I'd never get, almost immediately.  As I talked with the woman purchasing my table, she told me about her table.  It happened to be a round pedestal table, with a leaf, made of solid oak.  Pretty much exactly what I was looking for.  She wanted $75.00 for it.  I figured that was a total steal considering what she paid me for my table.

However, the night my husband was to pick it up, she called and started in with a story that sounded shady from the start.  She was explaining how she had been cleaning it and a small crack had "suddenly happened" in the base, etc. I'd gotten so excited over the possibilities of sanding down her table, and painting it white, all for $75.00, that I was really disappointed!  I mean for heaven's sake, where else was I going to find that kind of deal? 
Later, that night, I sat down to watch the movie, Food Inc. with my man, (which is an entire other post all on it's own, for another day) and I found myself literally feeling angry- over a table, of all things!  Ridiculous, when you stop and consider that over half the world doesn't even get to eat their meals sitting at a table.  So, after considerable moping on my part, (which I'm not proud of, by the way) I came to realize that I was pining away for the "afternoon in the backyard" when in fact, there might be "a trip to the zoo" opportunity here.  (You may remember when Adrain used that analogy on me last month- I didn't like it very much at the time, but I'm learning to accept it.)  After a little self-scolding, I decided I needed to quit being angry over a table and let go and give this tiny detail over to God.  So I did.  I relaxed.  (Well, I mean, I relaxed as much as a person can relax when they are watching live footage of chicken houses, and corn fed cattle being butchered and processed.) 

At bedtime, I said a little prayer asking God for a table, (I know, it sounds ridiculous, but I'm just being honest) and decided to check out tables one last time, on Craig's list....  Guess what?  (You already know, don't you?)  I found the exact table I had been looking for, only this one happened to be listed at a mere $40.00.  We got it the next day.

And now it's all mine. My darling man sanded and painted and I dutifully cheered him on and gave him bites of chocolate and popsickles.  (Just doing my job.)  I did ask him if he'd like my help, or if he'd just rather me sit and look pretty.  He didn't seem to want my help, and I didn't fight that. I adore this table and it's price tag. I have Pottery Barn taste, but a garage sale budget.  We (as in Adrain) still have plans to gently distress it.  I'm learning to take the zoo option over the backyard, any day of the week, because God actually does care about the little things (like tables) in our lives. Did also I mention that I'm a slow learner?

**Oh, and my word of advice on painting wood, (since you asked the other day) is sand it really well!  If at all possible, take it down to the bare wood. Wipe it off with a wet cloth and let if dry completely.  Then, prime it with minimum of one coat, paint it with two coats, and if you distress it by sanding it here and there, put a coat of polyurethane over that unless it's not a high traffic item.  Make sure your paint is completely dry before moving to the next coat.  And if you plan to polyurethane over the finished coat, wait at least a week for the paint to fully cure. That's my man's tip right there, and you can trust him.  He doles out this advice for a living, and you got it for free. Lucky you. (Wink)**

25 comments:

  1. I love it when God cares about the little things in life, He is so good like that! Love your new table, it looks wonderful!

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  2. what a deal!!!
    love your new table, in fact, your entire kitchen is too cute
    xo

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  3. He sure is in the details, I have so many testimonies of God answering really off the wall detailed prayer requests. Love the backyard vs. zoo advice, I need to remember that one.
    I am enjoying your 'adventure'. Reading your blog and Melissa's at A Familiar Path inspired me to read the Dave Ramsey book. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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  4. That table is perfect! God cares about every detail of our lives. I'm sure he was thrilled to take this concern of yours in return for giving him glory and praise. What a great post (& advice on painting)!

    P.S. Food Inc was a great documentary, harsh reality is not "fun" to watch, but I have felt empowered since seeing it. There are ways to eat better and more sustainable food without breaking the bank. Okay, I will step down from my foodie soap box now. :)

    Have a great day!

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  5. Good things come to those who wait......

    I have a few painting projects around here, can you send him over here to Wisconsin? PUHLLLEEEAAASE

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  6. Can I "rent" him. I won't hand feed him the chocolates OR be able to look nearly as pretty as you but ...uhhh.... hmmm... OK. I can give him money or something inane like that.

    Cute post LMM! You are a wonder!

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  7. You are such a bargain shopper girl. I adore that about you. The table looks so pretty. I think it's very Pottery Barn and you don't have to feel a smidge guilty every time you eat there:)

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  8. The table is beautiful! I love it when God's lessons are beautifully wrapped in miracles! I think we're all slow learners.
    I just watched Food, Inc. a week ago. It was a big eye opener for me, even though I "knew" so much of that in my head already. Seeing it makes a big difference!

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  9. I have that exact oak pedestal table - which I love so much I had it refinished. I'm not a white person - I am with your husband, I love wood! But I'm glad you found the table you wanted at such a great price and now you have truly mad it your own. Isn't it funny how God always works the little details in our live out? I actually got to keep my oak table because after trying to upload photos of it to craigslist (I was selling furniture to make some much needed money) I gave up and listed the newer pub table with chairs we had in the office. Within an hour I had sold the pub table for nearly what we had paid for it. Life is good.

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  10. Loving the transforms of your home!

    God does listen and answers us with even our silly questions. He probably like those best anyway.

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  11. Thank for the advice! And $40!? What a steal!! I love it. One last thing Adrian, what type of sandpaper do you use and how long does it normally take you to...."get it down to the bare wood"?

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  12. LOVE the table!

    It's fun seeing God pulling things together for you and your family!

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  13. What a deal! Isn't it great how nothing is too small for God???

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  14. Great little story for many big reasons. Looks fantastic. Also - thought I would tell you that tonight my only plan is to make those little flower embellishments for a shirt I have, just like you did the other day. Very excited and thanks again for the idea!!

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  15. Your table turned out great. Makes me want a smaller table.

    Isn't it amazing how God fills our needs - even if we think they're not important in the priority of things.

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  16. What a wonderful transformation! I'm looking for a dining table to paint and have not been so lucky yet!

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  17. thank you for reminding me that God cares about the little things in our lives; that being said, sometimes we make a big fuss over things that maybe should not matter...
    my husband and i have had a similar conversation lately about our dining table. it extends to seat about 10 adults comfortably, but the shape and color don't thrill me anymore.
    we also drooled over a farmhouse/clean lines table at IKEA. i now have all these schemes to sell our table and use the money to get the IKEA one... hubby says wait...
    waiting is hard... :)

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  18. oh, and the food inc. film is still haunting me...


    great job feeding your husband chocolate to get such a nice painted table!
    i feed reese's cups to my honey

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  19. Great table. And it looks so good painted!! Isn't it amazing how God takes care of us, even in the little things! I loved Food Inc! Can't wait to read your post about it. It just really opened my eyes, and confirmed our choices to eat locally, organically, etc.

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  20. I love your table! I so want a round pedestal table! However, I need my house in TN to sell - so if you want to throw a prayer about that my way - since you're having a lot of activity there, please do so:)

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  21. love it when those God moments surprise us!! and I love the white pedestal table! we downsized our table last year and got a small square table... love love... but it is black... *sigh* dark world I live in right now! ha ha!

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  22. so many little tidbits that I LOVE in this post. :)

    Mostly relaxing about the little things and God caring about the details.

    :) oh, and the pottery barn taste on garage sale budget. That is so me! lol

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  23. aha!! i knew you painted it and if i would have snooped around your blog long enough, i would've found it! thanks for directing me and WAY TO GO on the steal of a table!! i love it!!

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