Rehabbing Furniture with Laurie Notaro (a Semi-Drunk How To)

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Laurie Notaro is an author, crafter, and expert at finding a good cocktail. She grew up in Phoenix, but is currently based in Eugene, Oregon. Each week, she'll be joining us to share a crafting adventure, draw a flowchart, or remember a few of her favorite things about Phoenix.

photos by Laurie Notaro
To be honest, I'm not all that crazy about Scrabble. The last time we cracked open the box, my husband and I had an argument of historic proportions over the word "aga," (which means tribal lord in Pakistani), that rivaled the ferocity of the time he asked me why I needed to use so much toilet paper. Yes, drinking was involved, but it was only a bottle of Cava, so things really couldn't get too out of hand without giggling becoming involved at some point.

It was about three weeks ago that my husband openly admitted his desire to play his word game of choice al fresco. Despite my apprehension about having root origin word fights that our neighbors could hear, I went on the hunt. I found a forlorn, 1940's circa coffee table tucked in a corner of St. Vinnie's with some nicks and bruises, but nothing too terrible.

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The sticker on it proclaimed it as "loving and beautiful," which I wish was a typo. Regardless of how the staff of St. Vinnies discovered that the coffeetable was "loving," I bought it for $30 and took it home. Nothing like a good sanding and some bleach to make a table forget its past.

Step One: Sand.

Afraid that Loving looked a little too estate sale-y in that it smacked of just being removed from the house of a dead person, I decided it needed some dressing up. I don't think the dead person died near it or on it, because I checked for forensic scents before I bought it.

It wasn't that significant of a piece that I felt bad about re-habbing it, and took a 60 grit sandpaper sponge to the top and sides to give it a better texture for paint to adhere to. There's a little wood inlay on it that shows me it's not a cheap piece and not veneer; I'm guessing the wood is maple, maybe mahogany. Which I think is awesome.

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Step Two. PAINT!!!!

Because of the detail on the piece, I decided it was perfect for a mutli-color treatment. Martha Stewart's Thunder Cloud metallic is the color for the main color, then Cast Bronze metallic paint and Black Coffee metallic glaze ($5.95 each, Home Depot), for the tiers on the sides and the routing on the legs. For a smooth surface, I used a high density foam mini-roller, but brushing the paint on will work just fine, depending if you want a smoother or more textured surface.

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I LOVE Laurie Notaro!!!! She's not just funny and makes me laugh out loud (a rare feat for anyone these days) but when I had lunch with her I realized just how deep she is. She has a caring, a warmth and a genuine interest in me. Her compassion far surpasses the slight drips that might unbeknownst to you, fall out, if at all possible. 


Long Live Laurie!!!!! 


Please no more Notaro.  Her cloyingness is not humor.  She's not funny.  Never has been, never will be.  Boring as hell, yes.


 @Stereolab Strongly disagree, but variety (of opinions) is the spice of life.

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