From Sad Side Table to Sunny Revolving Book Case

January 18th, 2015 in member junk     
PlentyPlace Kerry Messer, contributor
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With all four cubbies numbered, each bookworm in our family has a convenient place to stash their current reads. 
I found an online recipe for creating chalk paint by mixing latex paint with Plaster of Paris. I was rather pleased with the similarity between my $4 concoction and retail chalk paints Ive paid almost $40 per quart to buy. The finish was smooth, didnt show brushstrokes, and was a breeze to clean up. 
I decided to save myself a ton of work by leaving the most detailed/curved parts of the table natural. 
Heres little Miss Sunshine all prettied up and brightening her cozy corner of the house. I think shes just the right size to add a chipper punch to our breakfast nook. 
Shes topped off with a $4 Goodwill lamp (half of a pair) sporting a Target shade. 
This revolving table was a junk-rescuers dream find. The finish was messy enough to warrant a low price, but the functionality and condition of the solid wood are perfect for adding charm!
I wanted a balanced contrast between my sunny yellow chalk paint and the tables original walnut finished. I began the project by giving the portions I planned to leave natural a good rub-down with Howards Restor-A-Finish. Do you use it? Its a junkers secret weapon. 
My friend who owns a die-cutting machine cut these snazzy numbers for me out of contact paper. All I had to do was paint over them and peel them off to reveal the walnut finish. 
There she sits, right between two windows and directly in my field of vision from the kitchen sink. She makes the perfect perch for posies. 
Dont you just love vintage canning jars? I had triplets of these and just about cried when one got dropped. 
The day I brought this table home I thought shed end up parked beside the couch. But see her in the far corner? She made herself quite at home near the breakfast table. Her sunny little self seems rather pleased to be spending so much time with the family. 
With all four cubbies numbered, each bookworm in our family has a convenient place to stash their current reads. 

With all four cubbies numbered, each bookworm in our family has a convenient place to stash their current reads. 


A neglected but functional revolving table takes on a whole new spin with stenciled numbers and a coat of sunny chalk paint. 


Pattern or design used: My own design - Kerry of Plenty Place
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, cottage, furniture, whimsical, fun, family room, kitchen, table, yellow, paint

Comments (9)

PlentyPlace writes: Sue, you absolutely made my day. Wow. Your kind words have given me such a boost (and a rather large grin, I must add!). Thank you ever so much.

I was so excited to find JMS online after reading so many of your articles in print. It's such a treat to have a "hang out" spot on the interwebs with creative people who "get" the thing we all share for reviving outcast pieces. We are a unique lot, and I love that we get to pull inspiration from each other. I'm not much for technology & spending time online, but for JMS? Yes, Ma'am! When I can't be digging through somebody's barn or be elbow-deep in grimy projects I can come here and see somebody's else's barn-storming makeover. =)

I truly appreciate your vibrancy and the way you nurture creativity and positivity in others. Keep it up, sista'!

Hugs, Kerry Posted: 1:59 pm on February 3rd
suewhitney writes: Hi All!

A year in review. While JMS editors and contributors are pouring through the member posts to choose some of their favorites to celebrate, I am revisiting their creations to select the very best of their work. Three words came to mind immediately..."I am blessed" to work with such amazing people who day after day produce projects that are better than any magazine in the industry. I must say it is difficult to pick just one from each because they are all so clever and talented. Today, I am starting with Miss Kerry Messer.

The first time I saw Kerry post a project I knew she was a special blessing to all here at JMS. I reached out and asked her to become a contributor at which time she shared a story about how JMS had touched her Mom's heart. The story brought tears to my eyes and made me understand that JMS is not only a place to be inspired creatively,but also a place where folks can come and be uplifted in many ways.

I chose this project from Kerry because it is what I call "quintessential" Kerry! She fully understands and employs the 2 Ps...pretty and practical and also clearly pays a great deal of attention to detail. Her understanding of color is second to none. Another thing that I enjoy about Kerry is that she she takes the time to share her story in words as well beautifully photographed and styled images. Twofer!!

Miss Kerry never misses a beat and we are all fortunate to have her as a contributor here at JMS. Thanks so much Kerry...you are awesome sauce!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 6:59 am on January 19th
CottageElements writes: Kerry, you really are one talented gal. Love these makeovers!!

Lani Posted: 8:33 pm on March 18th
gadgetsponge writes: If you turn your back, a visiting friend might run out of the door with this one. Really nice. Posted: 5:29 am on March 12th
chippingcharm writes: So cute and clever...love it :) Posted: 4:52 pm on February 27th
PlentyPlace writes: Thank you all so much! Now if I could just get my 2 year old to stop spinning it so fast that the books fling out... Posted: 1:40 pm on February 27th
ButterBeansAntiques writes: This is BEYOND adorable. Fun AND functional!! LOVE IT! Posted: 1:06 pm on February 26th
suewhitney writes: This is unbelievably adorable. Well thought out and well executed! Love it...wish I had one of my very own!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:24 am on February 26th
shamrockerin writes: great makeover! I'm a librarian, so I especially love this project. :) Posted: 8:53 am on February 26th
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