Today I want to share with you the retreasuring of two Bombay demilune tables.
First – retreasuring. Huh – what is that, you ask? Why aren’t you just using the term “repurpose” or “upcycle”? Retreasuring to me means that I am taking something that was once a treasured item by someone else and breathing new life into it. They are unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art.
In this case, with these demilune tables, they may or may not have been a treasure or strictly just a no longer depreciating asset to a hotel (I like to assume that was their prior function). My husband got them at auction shortly after we purchased our home. I was so proud of him for his purchase; stylish, good quality and made by the Bombay Company. They’ve served our home and my constant interior styling changes well. However, as I am trying to build my business, they became a retreasureable item. They have been a treasure to me and my husband, and a hiding spot for pupsters many tennis balls.
My initial desire was to completely repaint them. Once I started sanding the first one, I discovered this beautiful wood grain and chose to keep it, while repainting the remainder of the table. The color I chose was Newport by Mud Paint. Have you tried Mud Paint before? Fan-tastic!! Goes on thick (ahem, like mud), dries to a matte satin finish and once it’s covered with their Matte Protective Clear Coat, it looks like butt-ah. I love this particular color so much I’m seriously thinking about doing our master bathroom cabinets in the same color.
I sanded the table for a little light distressing after the second coat using 220 grit sandpaper. Then I finished with a couple of coats of the Matte Protective Clear Coat. The top I finished with a few coats of Shellac. True Rustic Chic, right there. I loved how it turned out.
The second table, which I’m not finished with just yet, is completely painted in Suede Blue. The top did not sand off as easily and did not have the fine grain that the first one had. All is well though, as this allowed me to show off two different design styles with the same table. The Suede Blue table is not going to be distressed, but I will be adding a little something to it, yet. Simple, classic.
I love how easy it was to update these drab brown tables into affordable, eye catching pieces. Both of these tables will be available for purchase at the KalamazooKitty Marketplace on May 1.