Remember the table from our front porch? Dad gave it to me a couple of years ago and it sat disassembled for several months (about 2 years) while I tried to decide what I wanted to do with it. It originally had a glass top which had broken and Dad had made a wood top to replace it. However, I wanted to give it some bistro style with a stone or glass top. And so began my quest for finding a replacement table top.
The table base was white porcelain over cast iron, but the porcelain had crackled and the iron had rusted underneath. After taking the base apart, I spray primed then painted the pieces a gloss black. Sorry, no before pictures- I could have sworn I took some, but they are nowhere to be found.
But what to do about a top? Richard checked into remnants with a couple of stone yards, but apparently they don’t like to cut round pieces- the cost was going to be $300-400. Yikes! A custom concrete top- $300. Again, yikes!
I decided to look at a few antique malls for old tables- much cheaper, but none the right size. Then, a group of us from Hometalk took a field trip to a hotel liquidators warehouse south of Atlanta. Rhoda from Southern Hospitality had recommended the place on her blog.
I found this little table:
With this top:
Price? $99- would have preferred a lower price, but it seemed like a good deal after the quotes we got.
Richard put the table back together for me, had to replace all the rusted bolts. There wasn’t a way to screw the top on, so I used Dap Household Adhesive, the same stuff I used for my dessert stands. It took several days for the glue to dry. (I tried to move it after one day, but it came right apart- ugh!) I’m not really sure how well it is bonded, but it won’t be moved around much- it’s quite heavy with the iron base and stone top.
And here it is again on the front porch:
The wave petunia will probably quickly outgrow the pot.
I added a candle wrapped in a page from an old hymnal and a chippy iron bird.
Sometimes being thrifty also means being patient. Finding a replacement table top wasn’t a quick and easy process, but it was worth the wait.
What thrifty finds have been worth the wait for you? Any that you are still watching/ waiting for?