Thursday, 10 September 2009

a much wanted kitchen table.............

well this is the tale of the much wanted kitchen table............for some years now (6 yrs to be exact, and how fast they seem to have passed !!) i have wanted an old farmhouse kitchen table.. i have looked and seen and have been rather shocked at how much they seem to go for.......me being an old hat vintage buyer ( since the late 80's when vintage cost pennies) i begrudge paying too much for an item when i know that i can get it cheaper if you look hard enough........i kept holding out for a reasonable priced one....yes i had looked on ebay many times over the years and yes there have been bargains, but they have been many miles away and would have cost a small fortune in petrol.................
so little did i know on a warm sunny sunday morning....a few fields away from my house sat my new table.......yes.....a carboot sale....i try and get to them has often has possible, but it takes some effort on our part, you see me and man are night owls by nature, so early mornings are usually a no-no for us.......yes in the week the daily grind forces us up........but the weekends are for us...we can potter about at our own pace....so why oh why are carboots so early in the morning ???? an afternoon one would be excellent for us....but alas there are no such things ........

anyway getting back to the table.......after 1/2 hr of pushing and shoving, not by me might i add, and lots of lovely little buys...... i spotted it dirty, worn out and covered in old tools, i didn't want to appear too eager... i asked the man.... is this table for sale ? his reply...what this old thing.....yes i sweetly replied.....well i only chucked it in the back off the van to display these tools on it, but i guess i can sell it, if you want it..........not wanting to sound too crazy, i calmly said how much do you want for it ? gimme a fiver he said and it's yours..........and this is what i love about vintage buying........ a bargain !!
after getting the above table home............it was sanded by me for 5 hours....yes a real labour of love....and a very good workout !!!! we then went to homebase and got another bargain.... i originally wanted 'dix blue' eggshell by craig and rose....but i picked up an 1/2 price laura ashley eggshell paint in 'eau de nil', which i much prefered......bargains all around............
so that is the tale of my much wanted table................and the moral of this story is 'never give up the hunt'

4 comments:

SHELL'S SHED said...

I absolutely love your new table, and what a bargain - bet you couldn't believe your luck! The hard work you have put into it has really paid off - it looks great and the colours you have chosen are so pretty - congratulations on your dream find. Shell x

Kitschen Pink said...

oh my so much to love in your kitchen! especially those chair!! t.x

artycho said...

I really enjoyed my stroll by your blog tonight! Will pop back sometimes...

Vicki said...

I really love your table!! I received my Miss Tilly Kitty-cat today. She arrived in very good condition. She is so sweet and pretty! Thank you so much! Vicki