Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Coffee Table Refashion

Hello bloggy friends! Today I am going to share with you a project that I began before I started my blog, that I've been working on incrementally for a couple of months!

This weekend  I went home to my parents' house. They've been living in this house since before I was born, so naturally they have accumulated some assorted items that they no longer use. One of them was a darling little coffee table that my mom informed me has been living in the garage for over twenty years. A couple of months ago, we brought it out and began the process of reinventing it for my new apartment! I don't have any before pictures, but I'll share with you what I did with it and the finishing touches I did this weekend :)

So here is what it looked like when I began my work this weekend:

Much of the work was done on previous visits home. This table was in kind of rough shape, having seen no love for years. In fact I don't even think it was ever used in my parents' home. My mom said she tried to refinish it once by stripping it and then starting to paint it white, but she never finished. So, to begin, I sanded the entire thing down to get off all the grime and dirt. I used a power sander for most of the flat surfaces (the top, the bottom shelf, and the sides) but hand-sanded the legs. There are also two drawers, which obviously aren't in this picture.

Once it was sanded smoothly and evenly, I pained it a color called "Antique Yellow" with a satin sheen. I don't recall what paint I used, but I do recall that the paint swatch I brought to the counter was a different brand than the paint can I brought to the counter, haha, so it probably wouldn't be much use anyway.

This weekend was all about the top and the drawers. In the picture above, the top has one coat of stain on it. That's all it needed, as it's a really nice mahogany. It would have been a real shame to paint it. While the stain dried, I worked on the drawers.

Here's what the drawers looked like. Sanded down, but you can still see ring marks around the holes there and that the bottom is kinda old looking.

Here is after one coat of paint. Once this dried, it got a lot lighter and it needed a second coat.

Unrelated, but here is one of my cats, Roxie, who stopped by to check on the proceedings. She is a Norwegian Forest Cat and she is undoubtedly the most fabulous cat in the world.

Now here is the inside of one of the drawers. It's kind of gross, and I'm pretty sure I didn't sand in here. I DID, however, wet a paper towel and get all the dirt and spiderwebs out when I originally discovered the table. (Having been in the garage for over twenty years, this table was home to many a spider.) I did that again this weekend just to be sure.

So in order to make this less gross, I decided to paint inside the drawers. But not yellow, instead, I went with an accent color, a nice light blue.

This is what it looks like. I don't think it's too boring or plain but it also doesn't take away from the beauty of the table.

Both drawers, after one coat of paint on the inside. It was pretty light coverage, both because I didn't sand or prime in there and also because the wood is fairly dark.

While that was drying, I worked on the outside edge. If you're going to paint this part of a drawer, use light coats because you don't want it to stick when you're trying to slide the drawer in and out. This is after one coat.

For comparison, one painted and one not painted.

Then I turned my attention to the top. I painted on one coat of satin sheen polyurethane, to give it some shine and also to protect it from the wear and tear I know it will get. This picture is after one coat has mostly dried. (You can see a stain from an oil can on the top, there. I couldn't get this out through sanding unfortunately, so I've decided that it adds character!)

After the first coat was dry, I sanded lightly with a fine to very fine grit sandpaper.

After sanding. You can very faintly see the sand marks near the edge of the table.

Then, I wiped it with a damp rag (veeeeery slightly damp. Wring it out very well) to get the sawdust off. I let it dry for about five minutes after that, and then applied the second coat of polyurethane.

While that was drying, I went back to the drawers. The drawer in front has had its second coat of blue paint put on, and you can see I painted yellow the top edge of the front of the drawers.

Once everything was dry, I was done!

I LOVE the way the blue turned out. I think it looks so good.

Also, aren't the knobs awesome? They're original to the table and I couldn't love them more. They aren't quite screwed in tight because I didn't want to mess up the paint, in case it wasn't totally dry.

I'm so pleased with my beautiful and functional new coffee table!

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  1. This turned out great! I love the color! Found you through Not Just a Housewife! New follower!

  2. I love it, it looks so pretty and what a fabulous makeover. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  3. The blue drawer insides are a lovely surprise. I really like the contrast of the yellow and woodgrain top! I came over from Home Stories A to Z.

  4. Thanks, ladies! I'm glad that others like it as well!

  5. Beautifully done. I especially love the surprise blue inside the drawers!

  6. This is so pretty! I love that shade of yellow. I found you through the Live Laugh Rowe linky party.

  7. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you were featured in my Sunday Social this week. :-)

  8. Wow - what a stunning makeover! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired - hope you can swing by for the party tonight at 8 pm EST! Pinned to our group pinboard for some extra luv too :D Heather

  9. Very nice job! Great transformation! The wood on top has a beautiful patina to it! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

  10. Awesome idea to provide a new look to your old coffee table. I will definitely try this trick.

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