Tulip Table Refresh

Bright and Colorful Dining Room with Tulip Table
Tulips on a Tulip Table

Like every other design-crazed blogger, I've had an ongoing love affair with the Saarinen Tulip Table. It's a true classic, the Audrey Hepburn of furniture – but with Marilyn's curves. Five years ago I stumbled upon a replica in a second hand shop; however, in its Faux-Marbleized-Hunter-Green-Laminate state, the likeness to silver screened goddesses of yore was non existent.

So after years of camouflaging it with tablecloths, or burying it under layers of laundry in an overflowing upstairs storage room, I finally decided it was time to paint it white and actually use it.

(Note: this is all very indicative of the standard timeline I follow when completing projects – wait 3+ years for motivation to kick in, then drag it out another 1 to 2 for good measure).   

Tulip Table Before

With this post from YHL as my guiding light, upon applying several coats of Zinsser Oil Based Primer I bid my faux marble green laminate farewell.

Tulip Table Before (Primer)

Then – without wasting a moment fretting over paint chips –I slapped on several coats of white paint from a can I already had on hand. I'm basically fearless.

Four coats later and it started to look pretty good, EXCEPT for the PESKY STREAKS!

Tulip Table Before (Streaks)

Naively, I continued adding additional coats, hoping to eliminate the streaky brushstrokes. Further research (google) recommended I add Floetrol to the mix to slow the paint from drying so quickly. I purchased a bottle and (seriously) one year later finally tried it out. It totally worked.

Then came several coats of poly (geez this is getting boring, and now you understand why it takes me so long to finish anything), followed by neurotically waiting the recommended weeklong dry-time before allowing anything to even so much as glance at its glossy surface. 

Tulips on a Tulip Table
Bright and Colorful Dining Room with Tulip Table
Bohemian Lampshade

The original plan was to use the table as the desk in my office. However, mid-process plans changed because relegating the entirety of Luke's musical, recording, and all other professional possessions into the awkward 6'x8' cell-like room off our dining room (so I could work at turning the rest of the house into the showroom of my dreams) was no longer going to fly. After several lively discussions and lengthy negotiations, a resulting peace treaty was reached: our dining room was to become a music studio/dining room hybrid.  

Luckily, the tulip table was the perfect solution for the newly repurposed space. Preserving a bit of the previous function, it also makes room for the bevy of cables, gadgets, and gear currently occupying the other side.

Maybe someday I'll show you that side.

Maybe.

Tulips on a Tulip Table
Bright and Colorful Dining Room with Tulip Table
Tulips on a Tulip Table
Bright and Colorful Dining Room with Tulip Table

* Thank you Teenage Attorney for the photos!