Monday, June 23, 2014

Coffee Table Makeover

My parents recently downsized which meant they had all sorts of stuff to get rid of! Much to my delight, they had plenty of pieces I was more than happy to take. All the items we ended up with we quality pieces worth holding onto, but thier appearance just didn't work with our current design. So, I've been slowly restoring each piece and working them into our rooms. 

One piece I completed recently is our living/family room coffee table. I actually grew up with this table. It was in the living room and I remember it fondly, it was still in great shape but the wood had faded and didn't stand out next to our wood floors. Plus, it was a much too formal looking piece than I thought the room needed. Here it is in our garage before I painted it:
I knew I wanted to have a casual, nautical-vibe type look, but I didn't want to use plain white. We have an awesome built-in feature directly across from where the coffee table is and I wasn't sure I would be able to match that exact white and I wasn't sure I actually even wanted that much bright white in the room. So I went with "almost aqua", a super soft blue. It's such a soft bluen that once I added in my homemade chalk paint ingredients it definitely passes as white in the right lighting. 
Of course I had to beat it up a little. I just sanded off the paint layer to reveal the darker wood below in random spots. I also used a wet brush to apply the paint on the top so that brush marks would show up and there would be an uneven, more natural look. To finish, I sealed the entire piece with polyuthene. 
I love how it came out! Being a nostalgia freak I adore the fact that this table was in all our homes growing up and that now it's getting a new life in mine! 

For a little side-by-side comparison: 









11 comments:

  1. Loving this! You always find the cutest things to revamp!

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  2. Gahhhhh, I LOVE it! I had no idea you were into all of this DIY stuff. What's next!?

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  3. This turned out gorgeous! Do you sand the wood before you paint as well?

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    1. Hi Katie! No, I don't sand first because I use chalk paint which helps you skip that step. I'm doing a post all about homemade chalk paint soon. Stay tuned!

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  4. Thanks for all the comment love guys! Stay tuned for more project posts: ish is about to get real up in here lol

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  5. This was such a cute idea, what a great table! ;)

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Claire! I'm so happy with how it turned out :)

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  6. So cute! Will you come to my house next?!

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  7. where do you find all the pieces you do?!?!

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