Thursday, January 10, 2013

Coffee Table Redesign

Scott and I enjoy rummaging through thrift stores and antique shops.  We are always looking for that back area that has the "less desirable" things.  Items that need work or could be re-purposed but don't look great right now.     


The way this piece came together was kind of strange because the timing of finding each piece was perfect.

We were in the back room of our favorite antique shop and found this cabinet.  It must have been in a workshop or garage under a built in desk area.  The top and sides were not finished but the underside was.  It was $25 and we loved the huge drawers and handles on it.  Scott looked at me and said..."Well, here is our new coffee table."  ok?  So we struggled to get it in the back seat of the car and brought it home.
We sanded it up and used a furniture wax to darken it and seal it.  We had no idea what we wanted for the top though, so we started throwing around ideas.  Barnwood? Glass? Hum.... 
A day or so after we found the cabinet, I stopped at a garage sale a couple blocks from home.  I found this huge frame for $5.00 so I decided to buy it.  At the time, Scott was obsessed with frames so I was excited to get it home and show him.  He was very excited to see how big it was and then thought...wow...it looks the same size as that cabinet.  He brought it into the living room and laid it on the cabinet and it fit perfectly!
The frame needed a little attention since it was metallic gold.  He painted it dark brown and then used a brillo pad to rub some of it off.  The frame had a picture in it that was printed on cardboard.  We were going to take it out since it was ballerinas in bright colored dresses.  Scott suggested we try to wax over it and see how it happened.  It was beautifully toned down and we kept it in the frame and screwed it down to the cabinet.

Voila...  Our new coffee table!



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21 comments:

  1. That is neat. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jen @ Through My Creative Mind

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  2. What a great piece you created! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Bernideen...It's one of our favorites.
      Jen @ Through My Creative Mind

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  3. We love to look in what we call 'the rough room' too. Great finds back there! :) Love how you re-purposed these two pieces into a great coffee table!

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    1. I love when you have to dig through stuff to find the diamond in the rough.
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  4. Love this! Looks great and has awesome storage!!

    Jenna @ rainonatinroof.com

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    1. Thanks Jenna...I'm off to check out your blog now :-)
      Jen @ Through My Creative Mind

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  5. What a cool idea!! I am in awe! Thanks for sharing on the Farmhouse Style Blog Hop! www.greeneggsandgoats.com

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  6. I love it when two pieces come together like that! :) I'm a sucker for $5 frames with ugly art. :)
    great job guys!
    gail

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  7. Wow! What an amazing transformation! I love how you are able to see beauty in a neglected piece and then give it new life. Thanks for linking up at my Monday Makeover party. This project is great inspiration!

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  8. What a neat idea! Love that you have a coffee table with loads of storage and some art as well! Thanks for sharing it at my Silver Pennies Sunday link party!

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  9. Very cool! I would never have thought to try that, and it looks like it belongs. Thanks for linking up!

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  10. very neat idea. Thanks for sharing at Repurposed Ideas Weekly.

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  11. Brilliant! Looks fantastic.
    Pam

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  12. Cool idea - I am also a fan of what apprears to be useless items to repurpose them. You could even chalkboard the picture I suppose if you wanted too! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party!
    Stacey at Embracing Change

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  13. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!
    Great job.


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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