Poor, poor Nick. The last thing left at the yard sale. Wanted by no one but ME! I thought he was sort of cute - the round top, the square base, and his one crippled leg.
The nice lady said her husband had built him, but she did not want a crippled-legged table on her porch.
As I pulled out the small sum she wanted for him, her husband yelled that I had better use him!
Well, why wouldn't I? I assured him Old Nick of Thyme would be treated to the ultimate in love - a new identity.
His wife yelled that the table belonged in the trash. Obviously this little table had caused some strife in this relationship
Old Nick of Thyme had been rescued in the nick of time!
Here he is. Remember I erased all the photos in my camera so there is no actual before pic. Here he sits on paint day - his base painted with white. I thought about pictures before I painted his top. (That is not grape soda, but Fabuloso - lavender scented - great cleaner and de-stinker!)
One thing I learned about his former owner/creator. Not only did he use a very crooked piece of lumber for Nick's leg, but he made the top removable by using cleats that were not evenly spaced. Therefore the top only fits into the base one way. After three times of removing the top and trying to find the correct way to put it back on, I used a Sharpie to mark where to align the top and base. (Yes, it only took me three times!)
I grabbed a mistint I have used numerous times. I am getting low and hope that someone can match that soft silvery blue color.
I had to behead Old Nick for a while as you see the stencil lying there ready to use.
Please do not bother planning an intervention. I am in deep with the stencils again. Yes, I know I swore off them. I promise not to come to your house to paint your walls. I promise to stick to canvases and furniture. I promise.
Please do not take my stencils away!
This stencil is a distressed clock design. No fancy shadowing or highlighting here. I slapped on the black craft paint. Voila - Old Nick can raise his head high - just as soon as I put it back on his body!
I sanded the top and the base to distress them.
I used dark wax on the top to protect it from messy plants.
I joined Nick's parts again because unlike Humpty-Dumpty, he can be put back together - as long as you line up the marks on the bottom!
He looks fresh and ready for a plant.
He stands proudly on his three good legs and his one crippled leg!
I must give credit to the former owner/creator - Old Nick does stand without any wobble!
Of course, since I named him Old Nick of Thyme, I have to go find a thyme plant to adorn his new self.
I didn't have just a thyme, but a thyme and a rosemary will do. Old Nick might need a little female company.
That's Rosemary hiding in the back of the pot.
I trotted Old Nick around the yard for several days making sure he was fit and ready to do duty as a plant table. He looked great with the watering cans under the crape myrtle. Old Nick of Thyme is now joining the others in my booth. He is patiently awaiting our new (fourth) grand opening ceremonies.
Isn't he cute?