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A Morning Table.
The term conjures up visions of morning coffee (or tea if you are truly English) overlooking an English garden, with the morning sun just creeping over the horizon and sending shafts of warm, soft light to caress the face of the person sitting at the Morning Table.
The misty fog is lifting and the slight chill of night is quickly burning off as the sun makes its ascent into the sky. Birds sing and frolic at the nearby feeders and birdbaths. The flowers glisten with dewdrops and fill the air with perfume.
The aroma and rich boldness of the coffee,(or tea) along with the garden and springtime air brings the lady of the house to full wakefulness, and she rises from her seat, opens the tiny drawer of her morning table, removes a pair of garden gloves and sheers, grabs a basket sitting nearby, and moves into the garden to clip a few flowers.
Flushed from her walk around the garden, and her basket brimming with flowers the lady returns and leaves the basket on her morning table and sets off to find some vases to hold the flowers.
As the morning progresses, the lady reads a few books, then mid-morning she returns to her Morning Table to write a few letters and address the invitations to a party she is hosting on the weekend.
Do you feel transported to Jane Austen’s 19th century England?
That’s where I found myself dreaming of as I created this table makeover. Till I was finished, in my mind’s eye, this was a small Morning Table, just perfect for that morning coffee (I know dear Jane would have had tea, but my American-ness is showing) or that bit of letter writing, complete with an inkwell and quill pen. I want a real quill pen now – just for the romantic-ness of it 🙂 And someday I want to drink my coffee overlooking a real English garden! (I’d even settle for tea if I were truly in England)
This table makeover came about from a contest I signed myself up for. I’ve been a part of a group called
The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest™
for awhile now but never actually signed on for a project yet. This months sounded fun, and there was room for more of us to join in so this month was it for me!
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Each FFFC™ contest is sponsored by a company and the contestants receive products to use in their Fab Furniture Makeovers. This month the sponsor is Pure and Original. This company has an array of products from mineral based furniture paint to wall paint to floor paint. Bookmark their page to check out all the options they offer you!
Their paint brand goes perfectly with this months theme – did I mention that each months project gets assigned a different theme?! Lots of fun stuff going on in this group!
Our theme – Pure Colors, Original Elegance.
This table has been in my living room for a few years now. I originally painted it with Milk Paint and used it as a side table. It’s just a bit large for a side table, but too small to use as a kitchen table. Thus the idea of the Morning Table was born as I worked on giving it a new makeover.
Here is the ‘before’.
Did you know that if you put a glass cloche over a living plant, the plant will water itself? The cloche creates a miniature greenhouse for the plant.
Did you also know that if you put a cloche-covered, living plant on a piece of furniture and leave it for too long it will mess up the finish on the furniture? It will.
See the proof in the above pics? The worst spot was created from a small cloche I put over a plant on this table last spring. If you look closely you can also see the ring from a large cloche that I used over my resurrection garden this spring. Also, I was getting tired of the chippy look the finish of the milk paint created so it was definitely time for this piece to receive a makeover. A Pure Colors, Original Elegance makeover.
Although I didn’t want to distress this piece I did want a bit of elegant detail.
I decided to use a french script stencil I had in my stencil stash to detail the top.
Pure Colors, Original Elegance.
Even the theme makes me think of England!
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Here are all the lovely ladies who are the wind beneath the winds of this group! Thank you so much ladies!
Now I think I’ll sit down at my Morning Table with a cup of hot coffee – and since I don’t have an English garden to gaze upon I think I’ll go visit all my friends and see what they did for their makeovers! And I think you should too! See the linked posts here or here.
Have a Fabulous day!
*Pure & Original provided the paint for free in exchange for writing a review on my blog. All opinions are 100% my own