Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our Retro Coffee Table Transformation

 A couple of weeks ago I bought this retro coffee table from someone on craigslist.  It was so funny, because as I'm talking to the girl on the phone about buying it she was trying to tell me about where she lived and, although I really never get lost, I was having trouble placing the streets that she was naming. That was until she said she lived behind HomeGoods. Hello? Why didn't she just say so in the first place?


Anyway, the hinges on one of the cubbies were broken, but I thought, no big deal, I can just get some to replace it, right? Yeah, not so much. So, I investigated and just saw that the cubbies and decorative accents were simply screwed on to the top of the table. I unscrewed it all, which left me with a table with clean lines (which I loved even more) and holes. Lots of holes.  Of course, I was so excited by this project I completely forgot to take pictures of this stage, but basically I just used a toothpick to cram some wood filler into all of the holes the screws left. Once dry, I gave it a good sanding with an electric sander.

My main method when painting is to clean, sand, clean, prime/paint (I always color match into Behr Ultra), distress, if applicable, clean and seal.


I will also say that, the majority of the time, I just buy the sample pots of paint. I get great coverage and can do several projects with one $3 pot. Not the case with this project. We choose the color Ruby Ring by Behr and I used the entire pot just to paint the top of the coffee table and one thin coat of the legs.  I completely lost count of the number of coats I did on the top. And the there was the resanding. I shared on facebook how Figgy jumped on to the table when it was still wet and I had to wait for it to dry and then sand the paw prints off.


When it was done it was red. Obviously. Way, way too red for my neutral décor. I had a mini little panic attack and then promptly painted it black and distressed it to reveal just bits of the red accent color.

Here it is completely red...

...and with black painted over it and distressed.

  This was a much bigger and more involved project than I had initially thought. And, I guess, sometimes that's just the case. None-the-less. I love the results and the table is the perfect size and height for the room. It also brought in another accent color; something bold that we plan on using sparingly. (I once again learned my lesson to go simple and stay true to myself.)



P.S. I have a couple of other really exciting changes to our living room, too (hint: we finally found a new couch and it should be here in about a week). I'll share soon!

Linking to: 
DIY Show Off Mod Vintage Lifehttp://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/2013/02/nifty-thrifty-tuesday-no151.htmlthurCozyLittleHousebadge150xhttp://www.cozylittlehouse.com/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia52 MantelsBeyond The Picket FencePhotobucket A Delightsome Life vif187http://www.jenniferrizzo.com/ Boogieboard Cottage”Fall  http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/

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  1. i alway love red under black- looks great distressed!

  2. Your living room looks so cozy! Sounds like a lot of work but it was worth it!

  3. Love how you re-did the coffee table! Turns out the little shows of red go perfectly in your living room.

  4. love the new coffee table, and i really love how you have it styled!

  5. It's so pretty! I loved the red, but I probably would have repainted it as well. I'm stopping by from Savvy Southern Style. Hope you'll stop by to say hello :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  6. Hi Angela, It looks great with just some hints of red showing through. Plus it looks fabulous on your rug!

  7. Great project and it turned out very pretty. I agree, she should have said behind HG right away, it seems everyone can figure it out from there we are all there so much!! LOL!


  8. This turned out awesome! The black with the bits of red showing looks fabulous. Very custom! That's funny (not) about the cat....I have three so I know how they are! You really transformed an Early American style table into something with a new vibe! Great job!

  9. The red coming through looks great and I love the coffee table with your white sofa.

  10. Such a sweet coffee table. The black looks wonderful in front of your couch and I love the red popping through!
    Hope you'll come share on Amaze Me Monday!

  11. Angela, this looks terrific - love the transformation without the cubbies on top!
    I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

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