Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Old Nick of Thyme

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?

See y'all!

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  1. cute table ... love your story.
    Coming over from I Gotta Create.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  2. Oh poor Nick! What you did is so cute! I would now call him Lucky Nick! I have this very same stencil and have used it on a burlap pillow! Thank you for coming by and following...I am now following you back...if you would like to share Nick I have a party every Share it One More Time Would love for you have some really nice projects...very talented!

  3. Great Job! Maybe you should show that couple the new Nick. It might put a spark back into their relationship!

  4. That is very cute! Love the know I suck at stenciling so I admire everyone elses!

  5. woow..that is a great table :) well done.....
    and do not miss...




    it is FUN :)
    Håkan ( The Roseman)

  6. I love it! I think I am going to try and make a table like him...try...:) Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  7. Nick is very cute!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  8. Old Nick is adorable Donna. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

  9. I'm so glad you rescued poor Nick- he looks great now!

  10. Loved reading about the story behind Old Nick of Thyme! The table is so cute and love the stencil - where did you get the stencil? I would of loved to have claimed this as mine - but after seeing what you did he was meant to be yours! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  11. Wonderful post!
    Great rescue. The table is fabulous!!
    I love to paint and have done several stencil projects of late.
    Hope you will pop over for a visit and check them out.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful project with us.
    Will visit again soon.

  12. Looks beautiful Donna! I love the stencil. Thanks for sharing with the party.

  13. Donna, I have a table similar to this one... but it has a square top! I may just ask my hubby to make me a round top. Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  14. Well, he's very cute! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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