Imperfectly Fine

9.09.2011

Wednesday was a lunch and shopping day with my mom and sister. We always get together for our birthdays. Not necessarily on our birthday, but close. Mine is coming up on Saturday so this was our get together for that. We had lunch at Atlanta Bread Company and then we hit Pottery Barn and a couple of antique stores. Sorry no pictures of the lunch or shopping. Forgot to take the camera. Note to self must remember next time.

My mom was looking for a floor lamp at Pottery Barn and chose a nice one, but they didn't have the color she  wanted so they ordered it for her. Her living room redo is slowly coming along. She should have the last piece of furniture delivered next week.

I took my mom and sister to see a drop leaf table that I have had my eye on and thank goodness it hadn't sold yet. It needed some tender loving care and I took care of covering up some of the issues and without paint this time. See I do like the look of real wood, too.

 I don't know if someone dropped this table or what, but obviously this leg was broken and someone tried to fix it.

This is another leg that is damaged. I was hoping that I could turn the table around and have the broken leg on the side facing the wall I am placing it on, but no, one leg on each side is damaged.

Chipped piece of wood here and it could be filled with wood putty, but this will be against the wall.

No problem with the damage. I just took this can of Restor A Finish that I already had and wiped it all over this table. It does a great job of covering up those imperfections. The table is solid walnut, but the dark oak color works fine.

After, the broken leg looks much better. After all it is an antique and I think the imperfections just add to the beauty of the piece.

Just look at that shine. I love the legs and the columns.

Great patina.




I have always wanted a drop leaf table and I thought this one, even with its flaws, was a 
steal at $60! It is missing the arms that hold the leaves out, too but that is imperfectly fine with me.

Of course when a new piece moves in then changes take place. I will show you the finished look soon.

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68 comments:

  1. What a lovely table. I can't believe it was only $60. I have a drop leaf table but it's sort of a rectangle. I love the oval. I have to mention too that I just love your floors. Really stunning. Have a good evening.

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  2. Oh it is beautiful and I love the patina. I also love restorafinish and have used it extensively! I love a drop leaf table and am planning to keep one from my MIL. I just need to find a place for it.

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  3. LOVE it!! Now, how long do you think before it gets the Chalk Paint touch?? LOL! It is a great piece. And, I am so happy you enjoyed the day with your mom and sister! I'm sure I will be back long before Saturday, but Happy Almost Birthday!! blessings ~ Tanna

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  4. Kim, it is such a lovely piece. I love the legs and the finish is fabulous now. I have a dropleaf beside my chair and I love that style. So happy to see the natural wood, great patina. I think some wood really adds to the warmth and sophistication of a room. Great find and Happy Birthday. Hugs, Marty

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  5. Very pretty and great fix.

    I ate at Atlanta Bread Co last week in a neighboring town. I had never heard of them before and it was good.

    Happy Birthday! :)

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  6. What a beautiful piece! I love how RAF can make wood sing. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. We're big fans of Restor-a-Finish here! I like the "real" wood look.
    Great style of table.

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  8. My birthday is today, so it's nice to meet another Sept. baby! We're the types to be creative and organized, so the image fits for both of us!
    Love the table. Hope Sat. is good.

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  9. Hi Kim, That is a beautiful piece of furniture!!You did a great job on it,and the price was right.
    Happy Birthday!!

    Kathy

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  10. It's gorgeous! I had know idea about Restore a Finish. I could probably use that on a few pieces around my house!

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  11. Oh, this is just lovely. I agree that the imperfections just add to the character of this piece. Can't wait to see the changes.

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  12. Happy Early Birthday Kim! Love that table, and I bet it can tell a few stories or two.

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  13. Beautiful table. I have always loved drop leaf tables. You must share where you find these great bargins.

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  14. Happy birthday for Saturday Kim! You've done an amazing job on the table! Those feet look very similar to my dining table I just made over :) x

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  15. Nice table what age? I know it but can't remember for the moment. But sure it's a bargain:-) Can you help me to get more readers, because you a real blogprofs:-)

    A big hug from Sweden

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  16. Happy Birthday Kim!

    I love the table. It has lots of character and charm. I will be surprised to see if you leave it in its natural state. I'm betting the ASCP is lurking around the corner!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  17. Great find Kim, I love the legs on it! Wishing you Happy Birthday a few days early!! Martina

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  18. You lucky girl, love it! What a great price and it just needed a little love to make it look great!
    Debbie

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  19. Reminds me of the Duncan Phyfe dining room table that I grew up with in the 50's. Enjoy.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

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  20. I know you have a "thang" for lamps, well that's the way I feel about tables. So, of course I LOVE that table. Color me GREEN with envy! I'm anxious to see it when you have it in place.

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  21. Happy birthday in advance! Thanks for telling me about Restore a Finish. I have a drop leaf table that is in storage right now. Not sure if Restore a Finish will fix her, but it's worth a try. Curious to see if you will paint yours or not.

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  22. Drop leaf tables are so elegant and this proves it! You and the RAF have created one beautiful table. Thank you so much for sharing - I have never used the Restore a Finish but it's exactly what I need to fix a coffee table for my son. This is one reason I love blogging - I am learning so much from all the talent there.

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  23. Oh my gosh, Kim, you did a fantastic job with that table, it's an impressive fix! It truly looks beautiful! I will be out tomorrow to get some Restor A Finish, I need that for a table of mine, not so sure I'll have your magic touch! All things you touch, turn to sensational!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  24. O' Kim I've been looking for a drop leaf table to go behind my sofa. Yours is just beautiful! When you get tried of it you can send it my way.

    Here's hoping your Birthday is wrapped in smiles on Saturday.
    Gail

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  25. Your table is wonderful, especially after a coat of Restore A Finish! I have a drop leaf table, but it's been hiding out between a sofa and a wall in the family room. I should probably drag it out & give it a good dose your cure!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participation makes a more successful party. I appreciate you!

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  26. What a wonderful Duncan Phyfe table...it looks great all polished up. You CAN buy that hardware if you decide you want to be able to put the leaves out.

    Is that your little birthday present to yourself? xo Diana

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  27. its beautiful and looks perfectly fine to me. congrats on finding a lovely piece for your home.

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  28. That is a really beautiful piece of furniture Kim. And that new stain over it turns it into a gorgeous rich piece! Great find. Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend!

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  29. The table looks even better now that you've shined it up! I still can't get over that price. Just amazing! Still trying to get my blog set up properly before I begin posting. Jimmy changed the font on my "about me" section and now it doesn't show up on the blog but does show up where you sign in to edit it. Wierd! He added some more pics to the header but it still looks off. ARGHHH! Wish I was better with this computer stuff. Maybe one day. Had fun yesterday!

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  30. Lovely table. Where can I find the Restore A Finish?

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  31. Kim, Great find, all the inperfections just make it that much more desirable.
    Sandy

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  32. Kim, that table is wonderful, and I love that you just restored the gorgeous finish, just beautiful. and what a great deal!! thanks for linking up! xoxo, Debra

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  33. Happy almost birthday, Kim!!!! Hope you have a GREAT day! Love the table, what character and after the Restoafinish it looks terrific! I have never heard of that but am going to get some, as I have a piece that needs it! XO, Pinky

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  34. Happy (early) birthday Kim! Mine is Sunday. We're going to B'ham for dinner with my sister and her husband.

    You really got a deal/steal on that drop leaf table...wow! At $60 I would have grabbed it too. I bought some of that Restore A Finish (or whatever) a while back and I love how it cleans up my wood furniture.

    Have a great birthday...

    Judy

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  35. Oh it's beautiful Kim! What a fabulous find and you cleaned it up so nicely. Absolutely lovely!

    Heather

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  36. What a great job cleaning it up you did, on this gorgeous table, it is so worth it!! Thanks for sharing and happy birthday! Hugs, FABBY

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  37. Hope your birthday is extra special...you've kicked it off with a great purchase! I love that table...simply said, it is beautiful!

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  38. I love that table and I need to try that stuff! Looks like it really does the trick.

    Have a Happy Birthday!!!!

    Thanks for hosting...
    Faye

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  39. Very nice table and well worth keeping as-is with a bit of sealer :)


    Visiting from MMS Linky Party,
    Suzanne in NW IL

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  40. I love this table and what a transformation! It is like day to night. Love it, you did good!

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  41. How fun to shop with your mom and sister! The table turned out great...I used that product on my porch table, too! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  42. KIm, I love perfectly imperfect too. It reminds me of myself. A little worn and tattered, but still a great antique! (giggle). Wonderful find. Now I know that you must have something so great planned for it!
    xo Yvonne

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  43. I love drop leaf tables. I think I might get one for the guest/sewing room. That way I can open for cutting fabric. You did a great job bringing it back to like. I've heard about before but haven't tried it. I have another product I use. I might show it tomorrow on a little frame I found.

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  44. I love a drop leaf table too. One of my biggest furniture regrets was selling my barley-twist gate-legged drop leaf. I just know that I'll never find another like it!

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  45. Great price, I am having a hard time thinking you are keeping this piece walnut...are you planning on ASCPing it? I am bringing home with me from our farmhouse the drop leaf table simular to this one, it is maple though and thought I should get on this ASCP band wagon.

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  46. That is a great deal for that table! It looks great now. I have never used restore a finish, it looks like it works quite well. Happy early birthday!

    Hugs,
    Rachel :)

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  47. Oh my, what a pretty piece and what a great price too! I love when things are well-loved and not too perfect, that way if something happens to it, you don't really notice or feel too bad. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!
    xo Tricia

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  48. Happy Early Birthday, Kim! And, what a great day with your family ... love the table!

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  49. Happy Birthday, coming up...

    Your table is beautiful. I love a little natural wood mixed in with painted pieces. Most of my furniture is painted but I also have a few pieces left natural. For me, it depends on the wood.. I love old pine with a passion.

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  50. BEAUTIFUL!! My mom has almost this exact same table from her mom . . . they ARE so pretty! Never heard of Restore a Finish -- thanks for that and the other tips!

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  51. That table has lived a life and were it perfect it would not be as interesting. I am so glad you have it!

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  52. Happy Birthday! Love the table. I had one but my daughter "borrowed" it for her little apt. I'd love to find another one. I'm so happy to see you like wood! lol And thanks for the tip on Restor-a-Finish. I'm going to get some of that.

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  53. I have been meaning to try Restore A Finish, but have been putting it off and working on other projects. Perhaps now I will try it sooner rather than later, because I have a couple of pieces that would be perfect for it.

    Your table looks great. Broken parts and old repairs add to the charm of old pieces, you know.

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  54. This old table was lucky when you took it home and restored it. The wood is gorgeous and I love the legs on this beauty. Great find and great job. Got to say I enjoyed the close up of your floors, they are beautiful!
    Isn't if fun to shop Atlanta......

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  55. It's a gorgeous table and what a price! And now I would say "what imperfections"? It looks perfect to me.
    Jane

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  56. I think the imperfections are what give it all its character and charm! I think it is lovely and looks so good all cleaned up and pretty! Happy Birthday to you! Enjoy your day!

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  57. Well, we all have imperfections. What is it the Amish say? If a finished quilt doesn't have a speck of blood on it from pricking your fingers while quilting, it isn't a real quilt...or something to that effect. Can't wait to see what you do. (And my daughter was so grateful for your advice. Thanks, my friend!)
    Brenda

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  58. Happy Birthday Kim. Enjoy a wonderful weekend. You did an amazing job with the beautiful drop leaf table! Susie

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  59. Kim it's gorgeous! But seriously, how long before you paint it? I'm gonna take bets. LOL!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  60. A steal for sure! It's gorgeous. I am definitely going to look for that product. I have quite a few pieces that use some sprucing up, and it just might do the trick.

    As always, thanks for sharing and great inspiration.

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  61. reminds me of my duncan phife (spelling?) table that my parents gave to me...it was my moms moms...I think...It has a broke leg too (broken into two) so it needs a lot of help to ever be used again
    KAT

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  62. It looks wonderful Kim! I love the wood too, you did an amazing job with making it shine. I can't wait to see where you put it in your home!

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  63. Happy Birthday...what a nice day spent with your mom and sister. Lucky you. Nice table that cleaned up well..have fun rearrainging thing.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  64. Gorgeous table...I love the dark wood, it is so rich. What happens when you are shopping with your Mom and Sister and you both want the same thing?????

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  65. Your table is a wonderful piece and that Restore a Finish is pretty great stuff. I have a couple of pieces that could use a dose of that.

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  66. I just saw that product at HomeDepot over the weekend. Now I know I must try it instead of stripping a table I just purchased. Thanx for sharing Kim!

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  67. Kim, This table is beautiful! i love drop leaf tables. My grandma always had one against the wall and I loved it. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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