Princess Katy and The Bedside Table

by Katy on February 19, 2015 · 8 comments

In recognition of Throwback Thursday, the following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy!

Once upon a time there was a lovely princess. (For the sake of the story, we’re going to call her “Katy.”) Princess Katy was the proud owner of a table. You might have called it a console table, or even a desk, but for the princess, it was a bedside table. Sadly, this table had no finish on it, which meant that when the young princes drew all over the side of the table, her ladies in waiting were unable to remove the offending ink marks.

So the sweet middle aged princess threw a vintage tablecloth over the table and went on with her royal duties of picking out hats and posing for pictures with ill children.

But then, the Princess Katy got cable TV and watched a large amount of HGTV. She was full of inspiration and decided to refinish the table. With a sander borrowed from the hunky middle-aged Prince Dale, she set to work.

Armed with wood stain from the Queen Mum and oil finish from her own basement, the princess set to work. Although the hands-on time was minimal it took quite awhile, as her royal duties were numerous.

When the oil finish finally dried, the princess placed diamond knobs on the drawer, which she had garbage picked off an abandoned vanity.

The Princess Katy was very pleased with her bedside table, and felt she could finally focus her attention on important royal matters such as shenanigans with the stable boy and pleasing the Queen Mum.

Which is how it should be.

The end.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

erin @ dfmi designs February 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Hahaha! That’s the best story! Great job on your table! 🙂


Susanne g February 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Beautiful and inspiring.


Happy Mum February 19, 2015 at 3:45 pm

Ha ha — nice one, Katy. I’ve been following your blog for years — but I’ve never read this post. So either it’s an oldie, or I missed it along the way. Anyway — thanks for the smile.


Katy February 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Thanks, I enjoyed writing this one!


AnnW February 19, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Great job! I love big long bedside tables, especially ones with drawers. A piece like this can be used in all sorts of rooms.


Katy February 19, 2015 at 6:36 pm

I recently decluttered the drawer, and it wa amazing how much stuff had been put into it!


Diane February 20, 2015 at 6:13 am

It’s beautiful!

This is for you, a manifesto on fixing things:


Marcia February 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm

I love the table and I love refinishing furniture too, although my projects have been sparse lately because I’m 72, and not generally in need of much furniture these days. I have taken a whole week’s vacation time in the past just to remove the old paint from the front door of my house–and not finished the project in that amount of time! Many layers had to come off, but they’re beautiful now!


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