decoupaged tabletop with a vintage hymnal

This is an old table I’ve had for years. It was $2 at a tag sale, because the wonderful spool legs were rotten on the bottom. I think the previous owners must have left it outside? Anyway, John simply cut the bad part off for me and I painted the base black. The top has had a fabric cover for two years, because  it’s pretty damaged. The unfinished wood had absorbed hundreds of coffee cup rings, pen marks and even a few cigarette burns. 

The green book there is a vintage hymnal (50 cents) that is dated 1935, from Prosser, WA. I have a couple of these old hymnals. I can’t help picking them up at yard sales and thrift shops (if you want one, let me know! Happy to pass them on toothers, too!). I love decorating with old books and I also love hymns which are simply doctrine, set to music. How wonderful to imagine “that great cloud of witnesses” who leafed through its pages and sang out its truths, 75 years ago. 

I pulled out several of my favorites, tearing the edges carefully-that paper is tissue thin! Sadly, I only know about 40% of the songs listed. We just don’t learn these like we should, anymore. But I love modern worship, too, so I can’t complain about this fact too much!

Then, while we all watched America’s Funniest Videos together, I got out the Mod Podge and a foam brush and began to rescue the trashed little table, laying down glue and pressing pages in while the kids and John looked on and we all laughed at the show. It only took about an hour, to transform the discarded and unwanted little table to something with both daily usefulness and unique beauty!

Slowly disappearring:  ugly scars, years of neglect, various stains of abuse.

Covered over with: The Old Rugged Cross. Love Lifted Me. Standing on The Promises. and Grace Greater Than All My Sin.

A beautiful metaphor of my life, just sitting there at the end of the couch.

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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4 Responses to decoupaged tabletop with a vintage hymnal

  1. SueAnn says:

    I LOVE this! And I only know one other old hymnal aficionado in my whole life!! 🙂 Covered indeed!
    Found you through the web of links and enjoyed this post.

  2. decouart says:

    Very cute! I love it.

  3. So sweet! I have a tall metal cabinet in my music room and I plan to something similar with some old hymnals I have…so exciting!

  4. Eugenia says:

    Love you table! Especially LOVE the songs you picked! I am about to do a dresser top to use when we move for several months to live away during double lung transplant for our oldest son (who has fought 41+ year battle with Cystic Fibrosis). This will be such an inspiration every morning and evening to see some of my favorite hymns from a very old Gospel paperback hymnal that belonged to a dear friend now gone to Glory. Precious memories! of the friends and includes a copy of one of my dear Mother’s favorite hymns, “Precious Memories” that she used to play and sing.

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