I almost didn’t even blog this because I thought it probably seems like such an insignificant change. It may seem like a pretty small detail in the larger scheme of things to most people. However, after living in our house for almost 12 years, I have learned that sometimes it takes a lot of little changes to make your home “right” in your eyes. So every little change really is not insignificant as it is an important part of the whole. The coffee table update in our living room is one of these seemingly insignificant changes that I am going to share with you today.
This is what the coffee table looked like before. I actually got it from Wal-mart a few years ago because I liked the industrial vibe, metal frame, Xs on the sides, wheels and the price. What I did NOT like was that the top and bottom were thin laminate. Over the next few years, the laminate started chipping and scratching off. It was really starting to look terrible.
Plus it was the wrong wood tone for the room. I built a floating shelf above the TV across from the sofa and it did not match that at all. It was too warm.
Anyway, one day I decided to actually do something to fix this. We have way too much scrap wood in our garage so I decided to use some of it to construct a new coffee table top. I used a bunch of 2X4s and cut them to the length I needed with my (chop? miter?) saw.
Then I had to but some bracing on the underside of the top in order to attach all the 2X4s together.
Once that was done, I stained the top with a mixture of one part Minwax Dark Walnut and 3 parts Minwax Grey. After that dried, I applied 1 thin coat of Polycrylic. I didn’t have enough wood to make a new bottom and the old laminate was not going to match the top stain, so I painted the laminate with 2 coats of black paint. Then I applied 2 coats of Polycrylic over that.
Once all of that was dry, it was time to put the table back together.
First, I attached the top to the base. Then, I turned it right side up and placed the bottom laminate piece back in the table. I then screwed that back in place. This project took about 5-6 hours with all the cutting, staining and sealing (including dry time). And it was FREE!
I know, I know. If I was a good, professional blogger and stylist, I would have placed a beautiful blanket in that basket under the coffee table. But this is real life, people. I won’t fool you. This is how we live and that is just where those Legos go. Adds lots of color, doesn’t it?
I bought a pretty rug for under the coffee table but it was way too small and looked ridiculous. Our carpet is so plush, I honestly don’t know if I can find a rug that doesn’t “surf” on the carpet. So for right now, I have given up on finding a rug for this area.
I found this great tin tray at Michaels. It easily corrals our magazines, book and remotes. And fake grass.
Little changes. One at a time. It all adds up!
I have about 3 other pieces of furniture in this room that will be getting a makeover this year. Stay tuned!