Vintage relic seekers love the thrill of the hunt. When there is something they have a hankering for, they will diligently search far and wide until they find it.
Are you that way? I can be from time to time. And I must admit, looking for something very specific can be fun but daunting also. (Sites like Chairish.com can make it easier.) Know what I enjoy even more? The thrill of the find, when I discover something marvelous that I wasn't even looking for.
While scouring flea markets, thrift shops, estate sales, and more, I try to keep an open mind and a discerning eye to make sure I notice things that aren't typically on my radar. If I'm lucky, I sometimes find a special piece that speaks to me and says "Take me home." That is precisely what happened when I came across my studio's work table.
I found the table at my dealer friend Kim's inspiring booth at the Stratford Antique Center. She specializes in vintage kitchenware and her stall is always chock full of fabulous finds. When I spotted this teapot-embellished table in her booth, I knew Kim had really outdone herself. And although I wasn't looking for a table of any kind, I knew it had to be mine.
I purchased the $200 table right around the time we moved into our sweet little cottage. Without any notion of where it would go, I stored it down in the basement until we completed our kitchen/dining room/family room/office reno last winter. Then when the time was right, I gave the table a good scrub, tightened various screws and bolts, and decided to place it center stage in my brand new studio.
Isn't it the cutest? And absolutely perfect for a former tea room proprietor! I bet the table was once part of a 1950s dinette set with matching chairs and an extension leaf. Now it serves as a useful work surface. And it looks great with my vintage office chair.
My new table's shapely top wears its original red and cream Formica with a crackled ice pattern. This laminate top features a scalloped design and two cheery red teapots.
The table also sports a banded aluminum apron and chrome splayed legs brimming with mid-century appeal.
My whimsical and thoroughly wonderful work table provides an ample surface for sewing and other crafty endeavors. And best of all, it never fails to make me smile. :)