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Monday, 2 November 2015

Thrifty Coffee Table Makeover

I've been looking for a coffee table to makeover for quite awhile.
 It had to be the right size for our small living room,
as well as a bit on the taller side so that the tails of our cats
wouldn't dip in our food and drink as they passed by.
Occasionally, I will make a stop at Habitat for Humanity
which is not far from my house. 
At this visit, I saw this table as well as a dry sink.
I wanted both.
I also needed the van to haul them back home,
 as well as the OK from hubby
to bring them home.
As you can see, it came home with me.
We were able to get a deal by purchasing both.
I started painting before I took the original picture,
but you can see here what it looked like
prior to the paintbrush hitting it.
I believe this is actually a side table,
but it is big enough for our small cozy living room.
I really like the unique character of the legs of the table,
as well as the square design at each corner.
It took me awhile to decide how and what colour/s to paint it.
Since the furniture is white, I decided on a darker colour for the table
and then paint the corners an off white.
This is where I needed to tape.

I made my own chalk paint using Lowe's brand of
 Valspar paint + primer in the colour Noir.
I was looking for black and it's amazing how many different colours of black there are.
This colour is a very, very, dark grey, that looks "close" to black.
Two coats of  clear wax was applied to the legs and sides of the table.
The corners were painted with some paint leftover from another project.
I applied clear wax and then a touch of dark wax.
I applied three coats of polyurethane to the top of the table.
I used wax on the top for other projects before but the wax and paint wear off,
and I do not feel like re-waxing all of my projects every few months.
I like how it turned out.
It has a unique look to it, that you won't find in the store.
I quickly threw something together to put on the table.
I think a smaller rectangle doily or a place mat will look better.
I bought a vintage family Bible that I found at a thrift shop
and thought it would fit perfect in the heart of the living room.

 I topped it with some ironstone.
(I have the Bible closed now, but I do like the look of an open Bible.)
It blends well with the other splashes of black in the room.
There will be a few other changes in here soon.
I'm still working on my corner cabinet to go where the make-shift hutch is right now.
As well, we were blessed with free laminate so it will be good-bye to the carpet.
The pillows need some updating, so that will be a project when the snow starts falling.
A different view of the table.
It was a beautiful sunny day when I took these pictures.
This room is cozy day and night.
It definitely adds more character to our living space.
I may have to open a shop soon!
I see so many things to paint but I don't have enough space to keep it all!
Thank you so much for visiting.
Have an awesome day!
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  1. Very nice turn out in black and white....enjoy it! Your visit and comment is much appreciated!

  2. You did a lovely job on this little table and it is perfect in your space! I love it's turned details! I would like to invite you to share some of your work at my Making Broken Beautiful party this week! It runs every Thursday thru Sunday. I do hope you will come share some inspiration!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comment! I will be by on Thursday! Thanks again!

  3. Oh my, Diane...what a transformation! I love the colors you chose. It really does pop in your living room. I have a friend that uses the chalkboard paint on everything and I really like the look. I think I need to find something to paint now too...Hmmm....
    I hope you are enjoying your week!
    Hugs, Amy

    1. Thanks so much Amy! It's really kind of fun to see the transformation!

  4. Oh my, Diane...what a transformation! I love the colors you chose. It really does pop in your living room. I have a friend that uses the chalkboard paint on everything and I really like the look. I think I need to find something to paint now too...Hmmm....
    I hope you are enjoying your week!
    Hugs, Amy

  5. Diane, you are so talented! I would never know what to do, what colors to choose, or how to begin. You did such a marvelous job and that table is just beautiful and sets off the room stunningly. I really love the way you did the corners too. Thank you so much for sharing at the Wonderful Wed. Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  6. Your table makeover is so beautiful. I love how you combined the black and white together. And it really stands out in your living room. Beautiful details on the table as well.

  7. Well done. This little guy had good bones and you did a great job highlighting his details. You did a good job staging, too. The black and white table fits right into your room colors. I saw your link at Stacey's Creative Inspirations link party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

  8. Beautiful transformation! I am always in a thrift store but never thought to stop in at Habitat for Humanity. Thanks for the tip!

    1. Thank you Sandra! You can find lots of goodies there! Check it out sometime!

  9. What a great table, it looks lovely in your room. Beautiful job. I'm always excited when I find just what I'm looking for at the thrift store. We don't have many that sell furniture around here. Although, honestly, I don't think I have room for anymore!! :)

  10. It turned out really nice Diane! Clever idea to paint the corners white, I don't think I would have thought to do that. It's an unusual height and really hit the bill for what you needed! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. What a great looking coffee table! I like it painted black and the touches of white you added to the corners. Your room is looking good.

  12. Wow that's amazing! makes the room look even fancier! Love the corner accents as well!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a warm comment!

  13. Hello, I just wanted to tell you how pretty that table turned out! Also I enjoyed the Corrie Ten Boon article, very well done! I had a very long day, but I wanted to stop in and say hello dear friend! May God bless you with His Grace and Peace...
    Hugs, Roxy

    1. Roxy, thank you so much!! I really appreciate your kind words. I had a long and tiring day and when I checked my email at the end of the day I read your comment and it blessed me so much! Hugs to you as well my blog friend!

  14. Your table turned out very beautiful and looks wonderful in your bright and pretty living room! I love the open bible - what a lovely idea. xo Karen

    1. Karen, thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate your sweet comment!

  15. The entire room looks great! So cozy and I like the open Bible too!

    1. Thank you for leaving a lovely comment. There is something special about an open Bible isn't there?!


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