Once upon a time, in a land far far away from my current life
I managed a large warehouse where we housed a lot of retail fixtures.
Jason would stop by every few days to pick something up or coordinate on a job.
He worked in the same industry but for another company that we worked in concert with.

While dating George, Jason's name would come up frequently,
after all he was a colleague I saw all the time, even spent countless time on the phone with.
For some strange reason George never got to meet Jason, he became a phantom idea.
There were many times one of them would show up and the other had just left.
It really became amusing for all of us.
My relationship with Jason continued after I moved into field work.
Jason was on many sites that I worked, but again George never got to meet him.

One day last spring George was perusing ads and came across an offer of free lumber,
and it was just down the road.
George loves to surprise me with goodies so he set up to see the lumber with the owner's wife
and she made all the arrangements for George to meet up with her husband Sunday morning.
So when Sunday morning came he whisked me off in the van with promises of wonder and delightment.

Have you figured it out?
The man giving away the wood turned out to be none other than Jason.
I just stood there dumb struck, then we laughed about it.
Needless to say this is how I came across the beautiful 2" thick cedar I got to use on this
reclaimed Trestle Table I built.
The standard height of a dining table is between 28" and 30"
so I jack him up a bit with some bun feet to meet these requirements.

While the glue set up on the feet I painted him with ASCP and distressed with a wet sponge.
I had to get back to working on the surface, all the boards needed to be cleaned and smoothed.
The end grain had to be closed so out came the angle grinder with 36 grit disc.
Plz understand I have used a grinder with my driftwood furniture for more than 15 years,
this is not a tool you just pick up and try with out the guidance of a trusted professional.

I didn't quite have all the right sized boards to get the table finished so I shouted out in
a past post if anyone had some 2" lumber. Elinor of The Passionate Home invited me over to
see if she could contribute. The bright orange center board is from her lumber stash.
 So the next step was to age her orange piece to match the weathered look the other boards had.
To achieve this look ...
I used a wash of black and brown paint on hers then white washed all the boards. 
Next I strapped them all together. Above is the underside of the surface.
The strapping lines up perfectly to the table base.

I was able to date the original table to 1 of 2 furniture companies in Vancouver
between 1912 and 1939, so he has been around.
The original top has some water damage
but you know I will find a fabulous use for it in the future.
There are already some ideas running around in my head.

The final steps were to lay 2 coats of Wipe On Poly followed by 2 coats of Furniture wax to the new top.
Both product I used are from MINWAX.

This is one I would keep for sure if I had the space!!!
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  1. I have been searching for a table exactly like the one you just did, before the makeover :( I love the makeover, the table looks gorgeous. But i want one in the original condition, if you come across one can you please let me know. I had a feeling it would look great painted white and distressed and it does.

  2. Just beautiful! What a fun story, and an incredible makeover to the table, too!!!

  3. I'm sitting here dumb struck too and it has nothing to do with Jason or George. The table is fantastic, pinning it.


  4. I absolutely adore this! The old wood on the white legs is perfect!Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love stories like this one ... such fun. And the table with its chunky top is great, you are so talented!! I would have never imagined how great it looks!

  6. Love the story, and the table is fabulous :)

  7. Made me chuckle. Luckily it wasn't too awkward. What a gorgeous table!

  8. Absolutely fantastic. I must make one :)

  9. Oh my goodness! I love it! What a beautiful job you have done in creating this piece. I must try doing something similar. I'm so inspired. I'd love for you to come by my blog and share at Totally Transformed Tuesday. I'd really be honored. Thanks for sharing, Peggy

  10. Anonymous05 October

    Great job--it looks FABoulous!
    I especially love the thickness of the wood for that table base!

  11. beautiful job sis(as usual), i really like this one!

  12. LOL, Kristy!!!
    I bet it was a surprise for all of you!!!

    Amazing job on the table!!!!


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