Vintage Canoe Rental Sign Laundry Table

I love my truck!! I got it just so that I could haul furniture and other large things from a curb to my house, whenever I please.   Lately I haven’t been doing too much hauling because we are fully stocked and we’ve GOT to get that basement done.   Speaking of basements and laundry rooms, I just so happened to pass a bare bones wood table sitting on someone’s curb, that looked just the right size to fit in between our washer and dryer.  


Some hauling happened and home it came.

I showed it to Ken, who quickly assessed it to be… “a piece of junk”.

“Exactly, that’s why it was free…” was what I said back.

And then… “so, do you think you can tweak it a little to give it a bottom shelf and make it fit in that space???”


Well, he tweaked it A LOT.  To perfection, I might add, but that is just how he rolls.

And according to him, I didn’t notice all the imperfections this table had, like the wooden legs going every-which-way and the general poor design!  We were thinking it was used as a table for some kind of power tool prior to being curbed.


Once Ken completed the hard part of re-working the table, I came along and did the not so hard part.  The painting and staining.

First, I stained the table with a vinegar/ steel wool mixture.  LOVING how that turned out!


But I didn’t stop there, I also gave the table a vintage canoe rental sign design with paint and stencils.  I was inspired to used a vintage sign design from


The signage painting didn’t turn out perfectly (I’m quite new to the whole signage making thing), but I think it turned out pretty nice, nevertheless.


I also gave the whole table a coat of Min-Wax Tung Oil.  The stained wood came out rich and dark.  I was amazed.

The painted portion took the tung oil okay, but I wouldn’t just go ahead and suggest someone use the tung oil on paint.  It is just what I did to keep it simple, and I was crossing my fingers that it would work, which it did.




Ken made sure the table height was even with the washer/ dryer.  He gave it a shelf below.



All in all, it’s going to work perfectly in the laundry room, and if we move, we take it with us and use it as an entry table or something like that.

Camping-resort-photo3-dOh, and I used our most recent trip to Fish Lake Beach as inspiration!


Now I just need a pair of oars! ~ Amy

See how the basement is progressing:

Painted vinyl basement floor

Painted open beam basement ceiling

Coffee sack covered coffee cabinet

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17 Responses to Vintage Canoe Rental Sign Laundry Table

  1. Anne@DesignDreams October 9, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    That turned out GREAT! What a fabulous find! Good work Amy!!

  2. Cheryl in Wisconsin October 9, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    That is the swankiest laundry table ever! I have laundry room envy.

  3. chris aka monkey October 9, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    amy that is as cute as hell what a great find and makeover i love it xx

  4. Heather C October 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Ken’s a keeper, that table is perfect between the washer and dryer. You are a very creative person, keep it up, I enjoy so much.

  5. Mel October 10, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    I dont have any oars for you but I am impressed you dida great job with the sign, it’s very cute and the fit wow perfect!

  6. Feral Turtle October 10, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    I am thinking the paint job was the hardest part of this makeover. Good job on the “beefing it up” Ken, but wow Amy……awesome! What a great score!

  7. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles October 11, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    What a fun table! You both did a great job making it over. 🙂

  8. Sherry@Thrift My House October 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    I saw potential right away and it’s free!!! But wow! You did an amazing paint job! Looks professional to me girl!

  9. Shanna Gilbert November 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Awesome job Amy! I love everything you did to it!

  10. Carlene@Organized Clutter May 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    What a great project! I love table paint job and the rustic corner hardware!

  11. kim May 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    I think that table turned out great!

    That’s not Fish Lake Beach out by Volo, Illinois, is it? I used to take my kids there when they were little.

    • Amy May 28, 2015 at 5:12 am #

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks so much for stopping by, and YES, that’s exactly tha Fish Lake Beach I’m talking about.  It’s still a very nice place to vacation and it has a vintage campground vibe.  Our friends have a trailer and we try to visit them a few times a season.

  12. Bliss May 30, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    Didn’t see this last year so pinned it today.


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