Sunday, June 16, 2013

Coffee Table Completed!

I'm on a roll, people!  That's two projects completed... in the month of JUNE!  Bonus points for getting anything accomplished in addition to two birthdays, two NYC day trips (Bronx Zoo!  Book of Mormon!), a long in-law weekend, a heated Board of Ed meeting, a wedding anniversary, a monsoon (complete with basement leakage), pre-K graduation, Father's Day, some miscellaneous (monsoon related?) electrical problems, and my part-time day job which I still haven't quit.  Oh, and did I mention that the Mr. is working nights and weekends (yes, in addition to days) this entire month?

Who wants to buy me some wine?

But enough about me.  Remember this coffee table?   It's finally done!  Slowly but surely, my living room is filling with furniture, and for very little coin I might add.

Prepare your eyes.  I'm going to share a REALLY bad picture with you.  This is my living room before we bought the house.  Sorry about the focus issues, but it's the best I've got.  I was in an anxiety-filled haze during every pre-purchase trip to this house, and apparently couldn't hold a camera steady to save my life.  And yes, that's my little pre-K graduate yawning in the Baby Bjorn.  Time flies!

And speaking of poor quality photos, here's a reminder of what my coffee table looked like before I got to work on it.  You can read about how I found this guy and stripped its original finish here.

 And here it is now, completely refinished with its glass top back in place.

I decided to go a lot lighter with the finish for several reasons.  First, I already have a lot of dark wood in this room and I wanted some variation in wood tones.  Second, my house is extremely dark.  Since we're surrounded by tall trees, we get very little natural light in the summer.  That reality, combined with my desire to create a coastal feel throughout the house, meant I needed something that looked more like driftwood than mahogany. 

After the base was stripped, I sanded to remove all scrapes, nicks, and gouges.  After cleaning with a tack cloth and wiping with mineral spirits, I applied one quick coat of Minwax water-based stain in American Walnut.  I finished with my favorite Minwax Wipe-On Poly in clear satin--three coats, to be precise, with a 00 steel wool rubdown between each round.

The glass was covered in duct tape residue and other miscellaneous schmutz, but I've never met a residue that Duck Adhesive Remover couldn't conquer, and this was no different.  My base was missing two of its four glass suction cups, so I picked up some soft stem bumpers from and they seem to be doing the job just fine.  The glass is VERY heavy, and once placed on those polyvinyl bumpers, it really doesn't move.

I love the view from the top.  It looks like an open book.

At $75, this wasn't exactly the greatest bargain I've ever found, but I think the end result was totally worth it.  Plus, I don't have a blue plastic work tarp in the middle of my living room anymore!  Success!  What do you think?  Do you like the new, lighter look?


  1. Wow! I love it! Now I want to scour Craigslist for one of my own :)