Hope you all had a great weekend!
Yep it's true I have urges of the furniture/reno kind, sometimes they are very strong and impulsive... they compel me to start ripping up lino in our old kitchen, 8 months pregnant on a Sunday evening whilst hubby went out to get milk!
And other times they grow, I'll see something and it'll quietly 'bug' me for ages until I give in to the urge! The coffee table in our family room was just this kind of urge, a grower....
|Before ~ He didn't stand a chance ;)|
It was one of the first pieces of furniture I purchased myself when I moved out of home, long before kids and before I was married. I brought it home in the back of my teeny Ford Festiva Trio and it's lived in 4 houses with us, in two States... one might say he's well travelled.
It's old now, it's a tank and boy if he could talk!
|Before Close Up|
I guess I've kept it around this long in part for sentimental reasons but also it's very practical for the family room. This coffee table is super solid and practical; we play games on it, eat off it, craft on it... I'm not in the least bit precious about it. I was almost ready to farewell him in favour of a new one, but it's the perfect size and I haven't seen one I love enough to replace him.
So back to my urges, whilst I sat having brekkie on Saturday morning I couldn't stop looking around our family room....
We have two chocolate brown leather sofas (they are super comfy and again take a beating, but wouldn't be my first choice... sometimes you need to let the Mr have a say in things;). Anyway with the sofas, a dark stained TV console, and coffee table it was a sea of brown... Way.Too.Much.Brown! Something had to give, I see this as natural progression, my hubby thinks I'm nuts and the kids think I'll paint anything that doesn't move!
So as I downed my cup of tea I decided that the coffee table had finally made its way to the top of my 'paint hit list'; he didn't stand a chance....
I dragged the big sucker outside started sanding.
He previously had a very dark reddy/brown stain. I primed and painted the base first.
This only made the top stand out more and look well, just wrong. So I sanded and sanded the top to remove the stain.
My plan was to sand it back and give it a coat of clear sealer, but I still wasn't feelin it...
So I decided to try tone it down by giving the top a wash of light grey, I was aiming for driftwood.... I heart driftwood.
|New crystal cut glass knob completes him|
I also changed his hardware, I mean what's a makeover without some new bling!
He was originally sporting an iron ring pull... but it just didn't go with his new look. So I added a crystal cut glass knob 'to complete him'...
I think he turned out just fine and is 'kickin it' back in front of the tellie...
He might just stay with us for a little bit longer... that is until another urge strikes ;)
Do you have urges of the furniture kind? Love to hear about 'em!