Sunday, June 27, 2010

Coffee Table, The Sequel

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.


  1. it looks great! i like this one better i think- i love the light base with the dark top. i stripped a dresser top once that once stripped it was solid wood, but it had been given a manufacturer's faux grained finish. it looks so real that it had me fooled. i started stripping and the lovely graining just started coming off!!! plan b is always nice to have in your back pocket!

  2. Hi from all of us here to all of you there!

    That 'privacy nut' thing made me laugh. Same here... did those two learn that in scouts? They probably both earned Privacy Badges on their way to Eagle :)

  3. Hi ♥ just stopping by from younique727. WOW ~ I love what you did with this coffee table ~ I never would have known that it was laminate. Looks gorgeous and I love your genius idea about hot glue and those EXPENSIVE

    Keep up the beautiful work.

    ♥ Norma

  4. WOW... you did a fantastic job with the laminate. The table looks great...actually the whole area looks great!!! Your curtain fabric reminds me of the fabric on the back of my new sofa... I just posted about the sofa, so if you have a chance, come visit my blog. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That coffee table looks great!!! I love how you changed it up with the cream on the bottom!!

    And the dining table you are working on also looks great!! Love the pop of blue!

  6. Is the painted laminate still holding up? I get nervous to paint laminate because I am afraid it will look worse than when I began. I love your blog! You are amazing!


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