Coffee (Table) Love!

I heart coffee. I know that’s no surprise but I just wanted to get it out there. So anything that goes with coffee is an automatic for me…like donuts, funny mugs, and TABLES!

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As chronic movers (we’ve moved12 times in 10 years), we’ve never before acquired a coffee table…but seeing as how we’re real grown ups now with a real house (I realize how incredibly immature that sounds), we need a coffee table.

Yes, I said NEED. Note: we don’t yet have a dining room table to eat at or a place to pile up the thousands of magazines I still need to read through. (Yes, I realize how ironic a stack of thousands of magazines might seem to you given that my hubby is a firefighter.)

So, on a day when I wasn’t even looking for one, I spotted this super fugly coffee table at  thrift store for $17.50.

Yes! Only $17.50. Sure it was fugly, but at that price, who was I to complain? I figured we can use it until we find the one we really want.

So I took ‘er home. I’m afraid that the before-and-after effect will be less dramatic because, well, I forgot to take a before shot. I know! Bad blogger! But here’s shot of the top the I snapped while I was sanding it down:

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I also pried off weird wooden appliques that looked like shells and used a chisel to scrape off bits of remaining glue and sanded it all down nice and smooth.

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I used all the tools suggested by Chris over at Just a Girl blog (her painting furniture tutorial is here)

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I used the paint she suggested, too (even though it was spendy, but she’s right…it was worth it!).

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I rested the table on paint cans so I could get all angles of it and so that it wouldn’t stick to the ground. After a good TSP cleaning and a light sanding, it was ready for primer. I used Kilz.

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After two good coats of the Benjamin Moore Metal & Wood Enamel (and overnight drying), she was ready to be capped with her custom-cut glass top.

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What’ya think? A little cottagey for our taste, yes, but it was only $17.50! Plus, the bright white paint and the reflective glass top really lighten up the room.

Now those of you with eagle eyes surely spotted the curtain fabric hanging behind the couch. I just pinned it up quickly to make sure I love the fabric in person as much as I did in my head when I purchased it online.

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See the selvage edge? I’ll get to sewing them up soon. In the meantime, one more look at my revived thrift store coffee table:

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Now I just need someone to bring me coffee! (hint, hint)

Have a great weekend!

Teresa

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15 Responses to Coffee (Table) Love!

  1. madambass says:

    It turned out so beautifully!!! Now we have some place to sit when we sample your chocolate ginger cookies.

  2. Pat Biggs says:

    Love your coffer table. You have so many good ideas, Teresa. I really do love the way you spend less, and end up with so much more. Your finished project [OCH] is going to be amazing !!!

    • Teresa says:

      Pat, I LOVE your comments. Thanks for your compliments and for reading our little blog. Isn’t it funny how it’s projects like these cheapies that can have a much bigger impact than some of the more expensive ones?!

  3. I like this a lot! The detail on the bottom is gorgeous. It looks brand-new!

    • Teresa says:

      Thanks! It actually turned out waaaaay better than I’d imagined it could. I thought it would be a nice place-holder until we could afford a “real” table but it’s so fresh and pretty it will probably just stay!

  4. Anna says:

    Wow, that looks absolutely incredible! Good job! ;)

  5. Pat Biggs says:

    Noticed a typo in my last message….coffer table vs.COFFEE table….guess I will just have to gather up some good coffee and cookies, and come visit you and Chris. I <3 antique things Teresa. They have so much more character that the branny new things.

    • Teresa says:

      You’re so right! Some of these older things just look perfect in our house because it’s older. You’re welcome to come visit ANYTIME! (But be forewarned: there is a giant hole in our floor…more on that to come.)

  6. Katrina says:

    great addition to your living room, love the curtains toos!

  7. Chris says:

    Holy cow! It turned out beautifully! The glass on top really sets it apart. I love that. Thinking about some glass now… :) I’m so glad you liked the paint, ’cause it is expensive. Good stuff though, eh? Great job!

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  9. New here and especially enjoying your reader’s comments. So many links, so little time!

    LOVE the blog. Keep those “cheapie” hints coming – and thanks for telling us when something is expensive but worth it.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

  10. PS. Coffee is my drug of choice! xx, mgh

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