Thursday, February 9, 2012


Now if I were really clever, or well rested...whatever, I would have had the Queen up here when I did the photos for this post.  But I hadn't thought of the title at that point, and I didn't drag up all the pieces, and, and, and.  Gads I'm tired today!

Anyway, I bought this table at a thrift store after having been on the lookout for a small coffee table that might make a cute chess table.  This one really fit the bill.  Square, quality made, good condition, recessed top, perfectly square 24x24 recessed top.  Which makes all that math so nice and easy when you need to create a chess/checkerboard top!  Whew, what a break.  It took me forever, mostly because I hemmed and hawed about color.
I ended up using Annie Sloan's French Linen as a top coat and based it in Annie Sloan's Arles.  I knew that I wanted to distress it back and really let an unddercoat show through.  I am loving these two colors together I tell you.
They play nice.  So, lots of tape, a smidge of math, bits of sanding, and both clear and dark wax made it all come together. 
This cute fabric is lining the drawer waiting on it's chess and checker pieces.  Isn't that fun fabric?
I did bling up the wooden handle with some gold Rub n Buff to make it stand out a bit.  This piece had such clean, classic lines I think it worked perfectly for my chess table plans.  I see many a game night in it's future! 

Thanks for stopping by, more coffee table and side table finishes to come!
Have a super weekend!
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  1. I have to say my favorite part of this table is the distressing in the same colors as the checkered top! I love it and I don't even play chess ;)

  2. You did a great job with the chess board! Love the colors you chose, too!

  3. What a perfect chess table! And I love the color combination! You know that dark wax still gives me fits, but you seem to have it down pat!

  4. Wow....that's really pretty Deb, makes me want to play chess! Too cool!

  5. What a fabulous table redo! I happen to be a chessplayer and I'd love a table like that in my home. I hope you won't mind my linking to this post and showing a copy of the finished table at my Goddesschess blogspot.

  6. I love your little chess table! What a perfectly wonderful idea! Thank you for the inspiration! Beautiful job!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  7. Super neato Deb. The fabric in the drawer just took it over the top! Super neat fabric find.

  8. I love this linky party. I can't believe I have missed out on so many great yours. I'm now following on Linky, so follow back and we can stay connected. Lori

  9. this is so cute and i think you have the coolest looking chess pieces aver!

  10. Love the chess table, I am an earlier follower and lost you for a while, good thing for the linky parties! Checked your pieces for sell, nice work, stop by for a visit and hope to see you follow back!


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