So, as you all know I am really getting into second hand store shopping. I have been watching out for a new coffee table at them. Well, on my last trip to the Salvation Army with my Girl Friend (that who is also addicted now) I found my treasure. They had it marked at $20.00 and it was 50% off furniture day. I was so excited I picked it up and carried it out the store all by myself! (after I paid for it of course!) lol
It had alot of age on it, the varnish was pealing, color was missing. Just not pretty at all, BUT it was stable and I feel in love with its legs!
See why?!?!? They were beautiful! I saw big hopes for this table! I had actually picked up a book at a flea market about a month prior and knew exactly what I was going to do with it. And this table fit my plan perfectly.
First things first, sanding
And more sanding!
I did this step outside because I did not want the dust all over or the have the varnish dust in my lungs.
Next I filled in the crack (that was routed in the table).
Oh and more sanding! lol
Then I went to my Mom's paint stash and found the perfect brown for the table.
I painted everything except the top (I have other plans for that), and it required 2 coats since I sanded it down to bare wood.
To be honest I could have painted the whole table brown and left it, it is just beautiful with the dark brown paint.
But I had other plans, remember I said I purchased a book?
Well here it is a Atlas from 1939.
I picked a few that are personal to me, like Michigan & United States. Then I moved onto France, Wales, places that had cool maps or colors I was looking for.
I was going for a look of someone planning a trip and maps spread out all over the table, so I did just that.
I than took mod podge and pasted them all down.
After trimming the pages and looking at it for a few days I decided it was to bright for me. So before I put on the top coat I decided to add some color.
Using the same brown paint I painted the legs and sides with I added just a touch to my polyurethane and applied my first top coat.
Now I was happy and totally pleased!
See how aged and old world it looks now! I loved it.
After 7 more coats of polyurethane I finally got that glass feel on top and am totally happy with it.
and the back
My Mom seems to think the table needs a trim along the edge but I am not sure so for now the table is staying the way it is! I am totally happy with the table and it is so so cool and makes a great statement in my living room! It was so worth the time and $10.00 I spent on it!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!