Before | After: Guitar Pic Tables


December 7, 2014 by Christina @ Phoenix Restoration {Seattle}

One of my very first customers who purchased this dresser probably close to a year ago told me  that she was looking for a mid-century style triangular table to nest with a circular coffee table in her living room (apologies for the terrible photography! I was just learning how to use the DSLR we inherited from my father in law about a month earlier).

Mid Century Tallboy - SOLD!

Mid Century Tallboy – SOLD!

She sent me this photo as inspiration:

that nordic feeling

I think this little vignette is so fresh and simple – I love everything about it! And of course the proud 1/2 Norwegian in me loves that this is in Scandinavia. If you like this style and want some daily eye candy, follow That Nordic Feeling and check out her Instagram too!

Over the next year, I kept a passive look out for a table like this. If you know anything about these, you know they are typically Scandinavian designed, made of teak, and terribly expensive if you are lucky enough to find an authentic vintage table. I have seen them pop up an an estate sale here or there, but I was never able to get to the sale to check it out.

One night I was searching Craigslist, as I do at least 1x per day, for new inventory. I don’t remember what search term lead me to these tables, but I found someone in my town was selling a pair of triangular tables for a fair price. The fact that he was a less than a mile away made it even better! I sent Ryan to pick them up after he got off work … and here they are in my workshop:


I actually liked the fact that they were formica topped. Had it been teak, I would’ve just refreshed the surface of the wood because I think the natural wood pairs perfectly with the other neutrals in the inspiration post above. In this case, I could give them a much needed modern update. {By the way, never be afraid of formica topped pieces! This is common with  mid century furniture and it is so easy to paint. I wrote about that here earlier this year}.

I posted a few progress photos along the way – I hadn’t quite figured out the feet when I posted these:

2014 1203 Close Up Guitar Pic Tables 2014 1203 Guitar Pick Tables

After the Java Gel Stain cured on the legs, I sealed them with poly then carefully wrapped them in paper in order to isolate the metal feet. The feet were not solid brass, so I sanded them and gave them an update with Metallic gold spray paint.

2014 1206 FOOT

And here’s the full reveal (I only used one table to stage these photos):




Thanks for stopping by!


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4 thoughts on “Before | After: Guitar Pic Tables

  1. These came out great! Job well done as usual!


  2. I swear, you steal my heart every single time! PINNED. Thank you so much for linking up with Found & Foraged. We hope you can join us again next Saturday at 8PM CT. Can’t wait to see the next MCM masterpiece you bring us!

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