My Mom and I have been spending quite a bit of time together styling, staging, picking, and running furniture around. It’s been an absolute blast and we discovered a new place to find pieces. Most of them have dings, scratches, or need minor structural repairs, but the prices are more in line with my budget and I scored three gems last week.
One of them happened to be a drop leaf farm table that was one leaf short. It had half of the working mechanisms underneath, but despite its shortcomings, it had a killer shape, original casters, and beautiful turned legs. Not to mention I got it for pennies because it needed some work.
After removing all of the drop leaf mechanisms from the bottom, and the remaining leaf, it was time to figure out my color scheme. I envisioned an off white bottom with distressing and a natural wood top. I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Grain Sack for the bottom color. It is based off the color of antique European grain sacks – not quite white, not quite gray. It’s a pretty in-between. I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
I staged this piece outside and used some of my smalls to create a little table setting. My grandmother’s ladder back pecan wood chairs were the perfect size and had the right feel to match my farmhouse table.
One of the dealers at Morgantown Market visits France on a regular basis and I purchased this beautiful French linen piece from her. I’m not sure what it’s exact purpose is, but the homespun texture and embroidered initials had me at hello. It made the perfect sized “tablecloth”.
I gathered up some of my pretty blue pieces that I’ve collected over the past few months and together, Mom and I set the table.
Each place setting got a blue grain sack striped napkin, a flow blue saucer, and an ironstone bowl.
I loved how all of the linens and blues mixed together.
Each place got a creamer pitcher – one chicken and one cow (because after all, this is a farmhouse table)
and a pretty ironstone cup.
To add some height, I used two of my wooden spools and topped them off with two round white candles.
The top is just as pretty as the bottom. The milk paint crackled in a few places, adding to the farmhouse charm.
Check out the crackling on the table apron!
The table used to have a leaf or two that went in the middle. The mechanism underneath has a stamp but I couldn’t find any specific information during an internet search. I still like how it adds to the charm of the piece. It reads, “Climax Table Slide Pat’d Feb, 24, 1885. Mf’d at Columbus, O”
This table is also a great size to use as a desk or small work station.
Can’t you picture yourself reading a good book or writing down thoughts in a journal with a cup of coffee?
Maybe I’ll hold on to this one for a little bit before it heads out the door!