I was supposed to show you this on Monday, but…. it’s summer. And things in our house don’t aaaaalways go as planned in the summer. School starts in less than a week and I have mixed feelings about it. I DON’T want summer to end! But I need more time to work, so I guess it is a necessary change.
Well, you are in for a treat because today? Today I have an actual ‘before’ picture!!! Can you even believe it? I found this coffee table for $12 at a thrift store by my home.
And AFTER in my living room!
Let’s look at that side-by-side, shall we? What a difference a little stain and paint can make, no? I say that all the time, but really! The wonder of it is not lost on me!
There wasn’t really anything wrong with it other than the top planks were a little warped and needed to be refinished. So I did just that. I stripped and sanded them smooth, then I stained it using a combination of Dark Walnut by Minwax and a weathered gray stain called “Sunbleached” by Rustoleum. Instead of mixing the stains together, I applied in layers until I got the right look. I lightly sanded with 600 grit sandpaper (which doesn’t remove the stain, but just makes the surface super smooth), then used a couple layers of Minwax Wipe-on Poly to seal the top.
Then the legs I painted with Chalk Paint in the color French Linen. After some light distressing and clear wax, this one was ready to bring inside!
While, I’m not crazy about my rug (saving $$ for a new one), it doesn’t look horrible, especially with this coffee table. I like keeping furniture in my home mostly neutral with pops of color in the decor… it is easier and cheaper to change out when I want to change things up.
What I love most about this table is the SIZE! We had a standard size long and narrow coffee table in here before, but the room is pretty wide (#twss) and demanded a larger coffee table to keep things in balance.
I can’t get enough preserved boxwood! Just in this pic: a wreath, a topiary and 2 balls (BOXWOOD that is… ;)).
Before I took pictures of this table, I finally put up a gallery wall, which I had been planning on putting up for months. I wanted to have a collection of vintage items, unique works of art and what-not, but I ended up deciding to shop my home. I’m satisfied with how it turned out but I know I will change out pieces here and there as I find things I love more and want to display. I won’t be changing out that big family picture for a while though… I bought the huge size on a whim and really tried finding some good design inspiration to justify displaying a huge family picture… and I found nothing. But I can’t help it. I just love it so… And ultimately I want my home filled with things I love, what I think is beautiful, even if I can’t justify it from a designer’s point of view.
So, $12 well-spent or what?