Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up

Sunday morning I was dreaming that I had found an old occasional table and had fixed it up and painted it pewter. I was standing back and admiring it and then I woke up. I was lying in bed thinking about what a good idea that was and then I realized that I wouldn't have anywhere to put it in my house. It wouldn't even match my stuff.
I realized that I'm constantly thinking about finding old tables and reimagining them into something cool and unique. And you know how when you wake up and have time to lie there and daydream and you're all rested and cozy and it's all good? Well I was like that and I was picturing having a little shop.
My little shop would have a front display space with a painted cement floor and some oriental rugs scattered about. The room would be filled with my table creations and a few interesting chairs just for sitting. I'd have interesting signs, mirrors and decor on the walls. The back half of the shop would be my workshop where I'd create my tables.
I'd have old jazz standards playing, be drinking a cold beer and working on a table and the metal bell over my front door would make a sweet cowbell-in-the-meadow type sound when someone entered. I'd step up to the door between the spaces, smile and say, "Just give me a second to wipe the sawdust off my arms." Then I would come out in my crazy comfy clothes with paint and stain all over them and tend to my customer.
I'd be open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 7:00 and Saturdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm. I'd also offer to buy tables from walk-ins. On my off days I would pick a day to scour the thift stores for old tables. And maybe I would pay my daughter or a friend to check out yard sales on the weekends.
So that's what I want to do when I grow up. Maybe I will some day.


VioletSky said...

How considerate to be open until 7PM!
I will come to shop.
I even have a few tables, we could bargain. I'll bring Canadian beer.

XUP said...

Sounds like a road-trip to me, Violetsky! I'm in! I think it's a great idea Geewits. A "just tables" shop. Everyone needs tables. I need two right now -- one for my balcony and I need a new dinette table and know exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for, but I can never find it. People could commission you to create special tables for them, too. And if I'm happy with those tables, one day I'd like to find a unique little vanity table for my bedroom. See? Everyone loves tables.

Jazz said...

Do you need an employee? I love refinishing stuff...

And I'll drive down with Violet and XUP for the opening.

Mr. Jazz said...

That's a Master Plan. Count me in as a customer :-)

geewits said...

You guys are sweet. You'll be the first to know if I ever get my table shop.

VioletSky said...

Well just give us notice.
- XUP we could be there in less than 24 hours (if we don't stop or detour, which you know won't happen...) or in 18 days if we walk. (which also won't happen...)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderful Daydream...And it is so very specific. I LOVE the way your shop looks, as you've imagined it---and your "open" days and hours....You have given this a lot of thought! It wouldn't surprise me to read here one day that you have actually done it!