Today, I want to share one of my favorite pieces of furniture that brightens up our living room.
Normally, I’m not a huge fan of painted furniture. But, I really wanted at least one piece of colored furniture. The original piece was black with hints of red peeking through, which just wasn’t my style. Plus, since all of our pieces of furniture have been hand-me-downs, I’m always trying to figure out ways to really make them mine.
Here is the coffee table two November’s ago. It is difficult to see in this picture, but the black had little hints of red peeking through. It just wasn’t my style.
So, I decided to paint this coffee table blue. About halfway through, I found myself wishing that I hadn’t made that decision, because it was a very time-consuming process.
The first step before painting was sanding off all the old paint. This coffee table had two layers of paint on it, a black layer and a layer of red beneath it. If it had been possible to get every last bit of paint off, then I probably would have contemplated staining instead of painting. Unfortunately, that was definitely not a possibility. I even had difficulty making progress with an electric sander.
My beautiful baby sister helped me get through that beast of a sanding project. There is probably even some of her blood staining the wood under the new paint.
She stayed with us for a little less than a year (from August 2014 to June 2015), which was an absolute blast. Sisters are the best!
It was a fun project to work on together, and I was very grateful for her help. I’m not sure I would have persevered through the project without her. It might still be sitting in the garage unfinished. ;P
I had to fill in it A LOT of holes and divots, most of them had to be filled and sanded about three times. This table has already had a pretty long life, and there was ample evidence. We were able to get most of the paint off, except in a few spots in the cubbies, but I stopped taking pictures, because let’s face it, how many pictures of a half-sanded table are really necessary?
The painting was the most enjoyable part, but unfortunately, I didn’t manage to snag any pictures. Probably because I had paint all over my hands. Yep, I am one of those people who can’t paint anything without getting paint all over myself at the same time.
Anyway, the result is a nice bright accent in the living room. It will look much nicer against the contrast of a wood floor one day.
These photos show my paper flowers that I made at the beginning of this year so that I would stop buying fresh flowers so often. ;O
I was having a lot of fun experimenting with making little fresh flower arrangements for a while last year.
Sometimes I used flowers from the store.
Other times, I used a combination of flowers and foliage from my garden.
This is one of my favorite summer arrangements made from items from our front planter bed: lamb’s ear, Echinacea (coneflower), and monkey grass flowers.
I still get fresh flowers from time to time, but having the paper flowers has helped me not pick up fresh flowers every other time I go to the store. Anyway, side trail over.
I also wanted to point out our little accent lamp.
I got a little paint happy last year, so I painted the lamp, as well.
The base of the lamp was originally white and it had a standard old pleated cone-shaped lampshade. I found a lampshade with a more modern shape at the thrift store, and I toyed with a few ideas before I decided to cover the shade with lace.
The lampshade blends in with the color of the wall in that room right now, but one day that will change.
I have a snake plant on that side of the coach and a Christmas cactus on the other side. They are in matching pots, because the look of these pots is exactly what I wanted. The peachy & coppery shades, correspond with some other decor and some bricks in the fireplace.
I’ll give you some other glimpses of repurposed and DIY decor soon, as well as a peak at the progress in the Maryland house.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. What projects have you been up to lately?