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Red Spindle Table

October 12, 2011
by thenestinggame

A few weeks before I painted the guest room, I decided to rearrange it.

Before, the bed was opposite the window, and you may recall my distress at how there was only room for one nightstand.

So I flipped the bed to the center of the big wall.

It feels much better. And it’s Sadie-approved! The room seems bigger, despite the fact that the floor space is divided into a skinnier U vs. a fat L. I traded in the black barber’s chest for the brass trunk and fat lamp on one side. But the dresser on the left side of the bed was just too tall, plus the wall to the right of the trunk (where the bed was) needed something. So, that left a hole for a new nightstand.

One trip to my favorite flea market and 20 bucks later, I came home with this little guy in the trunk.

Solid wood. I liked the spindles a lot. I have a Jenny Lind bed waiting to be refinished and I think the legs will look sweet with it. And, while I was originally thinking of a round pedestal table—something like this one from World Market—but in order to have it large enough to set the lamp on, it seemed to stick out too far from the head of the bed. So the squoval shape, loved by nail technicians everywhere, won me over.

And to stand out against the navy wall, I decided to paint the town table red. Martha Stewart’s Vermilion, to be precise. I thought it was the perfect red for the job: bright but not too orange or too pink. Funny, when we were at The Home Depot, I showed Taylor my preferred swatch (MS Vermilion) and he wasn’t sure. He went over to the paint wall aaaaaand proceeded to hand me a swatch of Martha Stewart’s Vermilion. Always trust the art director in the relationship, folks.

There was a small hole drilled completely through the top. For a cord, maybe? I’m not certain. I filled it with wood putty in quite an unscientific manner. (Tape a piece of cardboard to the bottom, fill it up, let it dry, fill it some more, repeat.)

I couldn’t wait to get started on the paint job. By then, the table had completely surrendered.

I followed a similar method to when I painted the Campaign Nightstands: lightly sand, oil-based primer, high gloss latex paint. I did not use Polycrylic this time because the high gloss finish of the paint was good enough for me. I know that a lot of people like to spray paint furniture, but it’s tough for me to spray big pieces without incurring drippiness. I guess I’m too heavy-handed. The paint brush forces me to be more patient. I did use a foam roller for the tops, which really helped prevent the brush mark issue I had with the French Side Table.

My name is Molly and I’m addicted to side tables. Oh, and lamps.

And here it is in all it’s Vermilion Va-va-va-voom:

(The new camera cannot get here quick enough.)

A little bit closer now.

The lamp is a Goodwill find, spray painted black with a Target shade. The art is Taylor’s. The flowerpot is IKEA and I’m totally obsessed with it. The clock is from TJ Maxx a thousand years ago, and the porcelain kitty is Sadie’s.

Still to go: refinish the bed frame, make the roman shades and decide what to do with this etagere: (Don’t you feel like you’re Joan Collins when you say words like “etagere”? Or  on the old school Wheel Of Fortune where you could pick out your prizes.)

I’m thinking white or gold…

What about you?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    October 12, 2011 10:47 am

    Love it! Everyone should have a red accent piece!
    Can’t wait to be a guest – move over Sadie!

  2. Leigh Ann Morabito permalink
    October 12, 2011 11:09 am

    LOVE! But where did the cute brass lamp go?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 12, 2011 11:47 am

      It’s still there! I ended up moving the trunk and fat brass lamp to the far side of the bed, because it was chunkier and taller. The red table and smaller lamp is to the right of the bed, where it fits in better with the dresser that is on the wall where the bed used to be.

  3. Lauren permalink
    October 12, 2011 1:39 pm

    Adore the moody glam. (I’ve had 5 test shades of dusty/naval/cobalt/deep sea blue on my white wall for 6 months.) I’ll buy the room, please.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 13, 2011 11:53 pm

      Lauren, you’re welcome to come over and drink too much wine and cash out in there any time you like!

  4. October 12, 2011 5:48 pm

    That etegere (sp?!!) would look great with a pop of color, too, although a creamy white would be nice if you don’t need color.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 13, 2011 11:54 pm

      I think I’m gonna wait and see how the window treatment look to decide what color this will become. I can’t decide if it needs to be a color or not yet. Thanks for the vote!

  5. October 14, 2011 8:31 am

    love the red. you crack me up…he “surrendered”

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      October 14, 2011 9:49 am

      Word to the wise: do not try to Google images for “hog tied” or “animal legs up in the air.”

  6. December 27, 2011 12:52 pm

    Oh wow, I love that table!! It is amazing what a coat of paint can do to a piece like that. great work.

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