Thursday, March 3, 2011

My new french chic coffee table

I have been wanting a round coffee table for the longest time. I have been patient and knew something would eventually come along. The other night I found my "new table" at Savers for $10. It was an ugly duckling, but I saw the potential.




First I sanded the top down. Although I got the majority of the maple colored stain off, there were still knicks and dings that I left alone because I loved the shabby appeal.


The legs were shiny, so I just scuffed them up a bit then primed them with Bin. In addition I binned the nasty bottom of the table. I know no one will ever see this, but I wanted to clean it up anyway. After that, I gave the base two coats of white paint then distressed it.


Finally, I gave the top two coats of dark walnut Min Wax stain. Then I gave it two coats of a flat polyurethane. I wanted to keep the rustic look, therefore didn't want to go with a shiny poly. I also added stain to the legs then wiped it to get rid of a bit of the stark white.






I am usually pretty critical of my pieces and always find something I am not happy with. But, I must say I am in love with this table!

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29 comments:

  1. This definitely has that 'rustic' look to it! It compliments the other furniture in the room so well and looks beautiful on that rug! Your patience paid off! I looked for a round coffee table for a long time too.

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  2. You have such a good eye for furniture. I love the combination of stain and white paint:)
    ~Debra xxx
    capers of the vintage vixens

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  3. oh i love it! im thinking of getting a sectional and would totally need a round coffee table. gonna add this post to my idea file = )

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  4. oh man, this table is SO perfect! I love that you didn't just paint it all out and took the time to sand and stain it! It's gorgeous!

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  5. that turned out beautifully, lisa! i love the finish you gave the top of it! gorgeous! it looks perfect in your fam room!

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  6. It really turned out nice! $10, what a steal!!

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  7. Beautiful Lisa! Love it....the combo of white and natural is great!

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  8. WOW!!! It came out AWESOME!! I am in love with that rustic top!! Seriously! It looks perfect in that room (& I spy your new couches in the background). GREAT job Lisa, I love it!

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  9. Lisa, You did a beautiful job on it! And it cost $10??? What a great buy!! I bet you were so excited to find the size you wanted for that price.

    I would've sealed the bottom of it somehow too. Wouldn't want old yucky stuff under there. :)

    Great job!

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  10. that is just soo rustic looking... I love it! Great Job!

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  11. I'm loving how rustic the top of this table is now, Lisa! Great job!

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  12. Wow, what a beautiful makeover of that table. I love it!

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  13. what more can i say but NICE !!!

    Penny

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  14. Good eye Lisa! It looks awesome and love the WAY you did it! You ROCK!!!! AGAIN!!!! :-)

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  15. Beautiful makeover. That is lovely. ~~Sherry~~

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  16. Wonderful makeover -- simple and effective. How lovely to give new life to a worn out table; I'll bet it feels quite glamorous in its new "clothes." thank you for sharing!
    Cass

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  17. I love what you did with this table! It looks great. I would love to find a round table. This looks to be a great size and what a steal!

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  18. Oh, I love it! It looks fantastic!!

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  19. Awesome table, I am looking for a round one myself.

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  20. What a FAB make-over! I plan to do that EXACT thing to a pair of square end tables I have (that I want to put together to make a coffee table)

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  21. Great find ! That's a beautiful table.

    Cathy
    Rocket French

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  22. I loved the color of your stain on the table, so I got the same, minwax dark walnut to use on one of my side tables. I did one coat and it is super dark! I had it stripped and sanded down. Any tips?

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    1. The only thing I could recommend Jenny would be to go with a lighter stain or prime and paint the piece for a totally different look...Different woods take to stain differently, hence the reason yours might have looked darker then mine...Good luck!

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  23. so wait. you put white paint on the whole table after you sanded it, and then heavily resanded the top before you put stain on it?

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  24. You got a great deal on it and you turned it from a boring table into a trendy rustic look. You really are amazing at fixing things up.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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