Well, my freebie kitchen table hacked down into my new coffee table sold out from under me the day after I listed it on Craigslist (a good problem to have.) I was sorry to see it go, and just when I had hubby warming up to having a coffee table. So I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement, and came across one on Craigslist the other day for $15. It was a similar size and shape to the first one I loved so much, and the guy said it was solid wood. (Uh oh…) And it is very solid indeed. The clever laminate had me fooled as well when I picked it up. It was only when I came home and began working on it that it became obvious that it was a piece of nice, but still quite laminate, furniture. Since my plan had been to strip and stain the top and paint the bottom black like I had done on the other one, I had to switch to plan B.
I am a bad, bad, naughty blogger and forgot to take a before picture, but it was a very light maple looking thing to begin with. I thoroughly sanded the piece to give the laminate some tooth to grab the paint, then I primed, then painted the top a black satin finish and the bottom cream. I hit the top edge of the table with my palm sander to distress the edge, then applied a few layers of wipe on poly. What’d ya think? (My hubby is on vacation with the GOOD camera, so I apologize for the poor pictures.)
It’s my first time painting laminate, but I think it turned out well, and it seems like a durable finish that will hold up. I’ll keep you posted. If it can be ruined, my kids will. ;)
Did you also notice my new window treatments? The sheers are from Ikea by way of Goodwill, and I LOVE THEM!!! They have a very subtle large medallion motif. SO pretty (but very difficult to photograph!) I’ve wanted to get some sheers for the living room, because my hubby is a privacy nut, and we always had the blinds shut up air tight, so the room was like a cave. So now, I can open those blinds a tid bit, let in some nice light, but he can still have his privacy. I’m such a compromise whiz!
The burgundy and gold damask panels on each side are a complete window mis-treatment. I got the fabric from last week's 50% clearance fabric sale at Joanns for $3 a yard. I was too lazy to sew the panels, so they are completely held together with hot glue. Nope, not a stitch to be seen. Hems and all. :)
How I love hot glue! Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was very quiet without all the boys.