Unique coffee table

It’s Saturday! My all time favorite day of the week. Because I get a chance to work(play) on the house!

While I’m busy working(playing) on the newest hauls for this place, I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been using for a coffee table.

My sofa is somewhat over sized so my original oak coffee table in comparison looked like a piece of barbie doll furniture. I had this old kitchen table serving as an ultra sturdy desk top in a previous house but it had no real reason to exist in my current home. So… I hacked off the legs, painted the works up, distressed the top with dry brush black over top of the melamine paint, and made out like a bandit for one of the most sturdy rough and tough coffee tables on this planet. With a leaf if I desire even!

The table was the perfect scale with the sofa. For painting, I simply lightly sanded the woodsy natural finish it originally wore and went right over top with melamine paint using a high density rounded edged roller. After the paint fully cured (I lied, I can’t wait that long, I did it the same day but it ought to cure), I took a dry brush and removing 99% of the paint, and ran over the surface with black to create the distressed look.The melamine provides a bullet proof surface which is virtually a liquid counter top of sorts. No wet cup rings. Scratches and nicks can easily be touched up if desired.

I landed a checkerboard printed on thicker wood which makes a great coaster even though I don’t really need one. It’s just kinda cool and gives me something else to smile at is all. Some of this is about ambiance after all.

And this is how I store movies and CD’s under the table. (normally I have two boxes on the go but I stole one that is currently sitting on my fireplace mantle) Both table and antique box have felt liners under the feet and edges so they glide easily on the wood floor.

I should be working on my other finds. I really should. But I couldn’t resist. One quick sit… ahhh. Oh… feet on the table. Busted. I do this alot. The table is just that big. And this place is just that casual.

But if you look really hard, I have paint on my socks. Proof that I indeed do work around here on occasion…

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  1. Perfect. I actually have one of those in my garage waiting on a leg repair…problem is that my den is a bit small for it…unfortunately. Also, a coffee table would seriously hamper the games of slobber chewie in the evening with the dog. I did manage to put my foot down about ball in the house.

  2. Loving all your projects. I find it amusing that the beat up look is so desired now. How nice too as we have a big black lab/border collie that loves to play in the living room with us. He’s 3 and we’re 70 and 71 so he keeps us hopping.
    I have an outside table with glass top for my coffee table (husband got it free out of dumpsters where he used to work) and I’m trying to decide what color to paint it. It’s faux wicker brownish and it’s driving me crazy, can’t leave things alone. I have an antique trestle table in living room also and want to paint it.
    I sure miss all the goodies hubby used to bring home that people just threw in the dumpster or gave him.
    We used to live in MT and hubby drove truck to Kelona, BC alot so I could have come by to see what you do. I’d love to buy a stencil also but don’t know if I could afford to. Since hubby had stroke (Oct/2010) our income is alot less. But that’s ok as I still have him.
    I loved the part of the drive when we crossed the floating bridge over that lake on way to Kelona. We live in CO now.