Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You Can't Beat Free

Unfortunately I have not been painting for a bit, however I just delivered some of my furniture to a new shop called Frilly Lilly in Yaletown, Vancouver. The lovely owner Alana has promised to send me some 'after' photos once all of the pieces are settled in their new home. I can't wait to see the pictures and share them with all of you!

Until then, I wanted to share my coffee table makeover. When my boyfriend was moving out of his bachelor pad and into our love nest, he found an unclaimed coffee table. Since there had been several bachelors come and go over the years, someone had simply left it behind.I have a love for all things abandoned plus you can't beat free... so off to its new home it went! I was so happy with my new free coffee table that I forgot to take a before picture but the picture above is pretty close.


It had several scratches and dings from its wild bachelor days so I had to give it a good sand and priming. I am considering painting my kitchen cabinets which are laminate so I thought this would be a good project to try out Melamine paint.

I learnt that the paint took forever to dry but boy is it durable! I wanted the table to go nicely with my beachy bar stools so I didn't do any distressing. I finished it by lightly sanding and varathaning.
I also wanted to say thank you to all of my readers. It honestly means SO much to me when I read and hear your comments and words of encouragement. Thanks!





9 comments:

All That Jazz said...

The coffee table looks great, kind of beachy meets farmhouse! I like that it has a "shelf" underneath for extra storage. Although I'd probably just fill it with magazines, LOL!
~michelle~

Kristen said...

Wow! I love this! And I LOVE free-down in Florida people throw some of the most amazing furniture on the side of the street for garbage pick-up, and my aunt who lives down there, always gets the best stuff! If only people did that here, I would have fabulous furniture like yours!

And I can't believe that's your house, it looks like something out of a magazine!

Mrs. Adventure said...

I'm loving that coffee table and your livingroom... so cozy!

Marie Z. said...

You did a great job! The table looks brand new. And I love your living room, it's so bright and cozy!

Kacey said...

Free is good - and I totally agree that it's "beachy farmhouse"! Looks fresh and lovely!

Amanda said...

love love love your whole living space! the table looks GREAT!

where are your lamps from? they add a perfect touch of silver to the room.

Kelly said...

Free Furniture are two of my favourite words. You are my hero. I don't usually manage to take it the next step of refinishing. Oh for a workshop space and the time. Congrats on Frilly Lilly taking some of your work. Looking forward to seeing pictures.

rachel said...

So cute! And I love your hardwood floors in your "love nest"! The whole room is very warm and inviting!

THE DIVINITUS said...

it came out beautifully :)