Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Coffee Table Revealed at Last

Back in January I showed you how the dogs had destroyed my wicker coffee table.


I had decided to make a new table from another curb find I had in my stash,


I had gone as far as cutting down a door to be the top of the new coffee table.

That’s when I stopped to ask your opinion on what I should do next.

And then I just left you hanging!

I do that a lot, don’t I?

Sorry! (I didn’t mean to!)

I actually finished this one a long time ago.  Like, within a week of planning it.

So why didn’t I share it sooner?

Let me see, I redid the counter stools, painted a clock, made the slipcover for the ottoman, the piano stool then the wing back chair, then we got Katy, then we went on vacation, then Katy ran away, then she ran away again (yes, again!) and then…..well you know how it goes, right? I’m just full of excuses.

And really all I needed to do to blog about it was vacuum the rug and take some good after pictures of it in daylight.

Simple, right?

Not really.

I still haven’t managed that feat.  I mean, yes, the rug HAS been vacuumed.  I swear it!  I just haven’t taken pictures while it was still clean and there was daylight.

With 3 dogs in the house now the rug is only clean for about 5 minutes before the hair starts falling back on it.

So you will get to see the coffee table in all it’s dog hair glory in a photo shoot taken in the wee hours of a very dark morning.

Because, really, enough is enough.

It’s time to share.

When we left off I had decided to stain the top dark, and lighten the piece up by painting the bottom white. 

I was trying to figure out how to keep some of the natural grain on the veneer but still have the piece be light in color because my living room is so dark.

My original vision had the drawer fronts stained and the body of the piece white.

That’s where we left off.

First up, a good sanding on all surfaces. 


I selected “Olde Walnut” gel stain from my stash of paints.


I applied it to the door and loved the look, it really brought out the beautiful wood grain.


Without thinking twice I started to rub the gel stain on the bottom of the piece.


It looked beautiful! 

There was no way at that point I was going to cover this piece with paint.

Just look at how the wood grain pops now!


This next picture shows the difference between the natural color (bottom drawer) and the “enriched with stain” color.

It made such a dramatic difference!


This is the view from the back.  (sorry about the glare)

I wanted to preserve the factory stamped and stenciled numbers, so I left it plain and just added a couple coats of poly.

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After adding 2 coats of polyurethane to the entire piece I was ready to take it upstairs to the living room.

Now for the finishing touches.

This is the original knob and back plate that was on this door when I found it at the curb. 

It had to go back on to complete the look.

Can you believe somebody parted with this?


I love the way it looks.  Too bad I couldn't find all the original screws. 

I’m still hoping to find them in the basement someday.

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The chunky wooden knobs on the drawers were swapped out for these round metal ring pulls. 

I had bought 6 of them for a dollar at a garage sale last year.

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Somehow I think the dogs won’t be able to chew on these!

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(That’s Sandy in the background on the couch, overseeing my photo shoot)

I then cut plexi-glass to size to fit the panels.  The one thing Mike insisted upon was a flat surface for eating! 

I chose the plexi because it’s easy to pop out for cleaning underneath. 

Real glass would have been tricky to move.

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The curves on the front of this piece just blow me away! 

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The remotes and Playstation accessories fit nicely in the top drawers.

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And several of my blankies can be stashed in the large bottom drawer!

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So that’s my new coffee table. 

It’s not the way I had envisioned when I first started to work on it, but I truly believe this is the way it was meant to be.

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The total cost for this new coffee table?


That’s $8 for the plexi-glass and $1 for the drawer pulls.

The gel stain and poly were a dollar each at Real Deals but I had already used them on several projects so I’m not counting them.

Best of all, Mike likes it!


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I’m linking up to Linda at Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.  Be sure to check out all the other thrifty finds over there.

Catch this one over at Gail’s Catch as catch can party too.



Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed’s


  1. Great job, it turned out absolutely perfect. And I agree with Mike that it needed a flat top. I have spilled so many cups of coffee on those that are not.
    Thank you for finally sharing it with us ;)

  2. Wow, I love this piece. I probably would have painted it but this is so cool. Wow again.

  3. $9. The most expensive looking $9 EVER spent! The table is beautiful! I absolutely LOVE that you left the door knob! YAY! I don't know much about stains...but I see the transformation is beautiful with the grain coming alive!

    Looks like the dogs will have to find something else to gnaw on!!!


  4. Rose this turned out beautifully! I love the wood grain and I'm so glad you decided not to paint it. I think this might be one of my favorite pieces you have done! Love the curves and what a wonderful and useful coffee table. Good job!! hugs, Linda

  5. Oh my word this is GORGEOUS!! I am so in love with that door as a top too. Beautiful, truly beautiful

  6. This is fantastic!! My parents have a big glass slab on their dining room table and it's growing on me. I'm considering doing some sort of art piece on the top of a table and then putting the glass on top. This is starting to make me think about doors... Hmmmmm...
    Love when something fantastic like this gets my wheels turning!!

  7. Fabulous! I wish you were my bestie and lived right next door! LOL

  8. I have to agree with Michele, I wish you lived next door to me. REALLY, NEXT door...
    I love your new coffee table. I'm glad you weren't really thinking when you swiped the stain on the bottom... that wood grain is really pretty!
    Love the aspect of all that storage! woohooo!
    Another GREAT re-do my friend!
    ps it's all about mike being happy! :)

  9. Oh Rose, that is beautiful. I love it much better than if you had painted it.

  10. That is a truly beautiful piece you have re-purposed. I really dolove the curved legs on it and the stain makes it WOW. Thanks for not painting such a beautiful piece.

  11. Rose I am so happy to see you didn't paint that one. That wood is so gorgeous. That stain just brought it back to the living. Simply gorgeous.

    Hopefully the dogs decide to chew on a pair of Mike's shoes or something else other than one of those beautiful

    Hugs, Deb

  12. Great job Rose and I hope that the dogs don't chew on that!

  13. I love it! Way to go Rose! :)

  14. Wow! And a whole lot less work than painting! It looks great.

  15. Rose, it turned out beautiful. You did an amazing job, as usual. Do the dogs look at it like, "where's our wicker table?" LOL

  16. Rose!
    Love this table. I love the scrolly legs on it too. I have a table with similar it!
    the door and the plexiglass--- great idea.
    Great find and a great price!


  17. It looks terrific! Sometime our plans go in a completely different direction. And that's a good thing! The stain really looks great. I love, LOVE those pulls!

  18. I'm your newest follower. This table is AWESOME! I much prefer stain to paint SO GLAD you stained it. Those pulls are PERFECT!! We have a couple of antique travel trunks in our living room (one is the coffee table) they make GREAT storage too! The plexiglass was definitely a necessity!

    I too wish you were my bestie that lived NEXT DOOR!!

  19. Yes indeed, I would have made the mistake of painting it too - but I am oh-so-glad you showed us how beautiful that wood turned out, so gorgeous! Plexiglass fronts were genius, and those pulls could not have been more perfect if you tried. Great job, Rose - I love it!

  20. WOW....that's kewel. I love it. Glad you didn't paint it either :)

  21. You did a great job on this. Beautiful!

    God Bless,

  22. I almost forgot about this piece, but I was in love with it before you did anything to it. I'm not really a coffee table person, but this one would work beautifully in my living room too! I love the door idea for the top too - you are clever!

  23. Oh, Rose, that's beautiful! I'm so glad you didn't paint it! (And I paint EVERYTHING!) The wood is too gorgeous to cover up.
    The doorknob on top is the jewelry of the piece, too.

  24. Wow what a transformation! That door knob is so unique. I am new to your blog. Glad I found it!!

  25. I love this so much, thanks for sharing/linking and linking back to catch as catch can
    catching you this week!

  26. i like your coffee table.... and that door knob is so unique.

  27. Rose, you did a terrific job! I looks so interesting and serves you well. Thank the dogs for making this all possible! lol, sandi

  28. I loved the base when I first saw it but now I'm green with envy over what you have done with it! Thank you so much for not painting it. This piece just screamed for some TLC. Looks awesome!


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