Saturday, November 23, 2013

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Sometimes I get a piece and I initially have this grand master plan in my head of what it will turn into, then, unexpectedly, it will become something else entirely. This happened when I got to work on this coffee table. I wanted to make the top portion a dark, rich stained accent with legs that were cream and slightly distressed. Ahhh, what a wonderful vision in my head.


Welp, that obviously didn't happen and here is why:

Cindy, the woman who sold the coffee table to me, had already stripped and sanded the piece in its entirety. Score for me! (Saves a few steps) And she did a very thorough and excellent job. So, I thought, staining it would be no problem. Easy peasy and breezy. I stained it and here is what it looked like:

I hated it. It was uneven in certain areas and when I went to look closely at the top, it was because it had been sanded a little too much in some spots. Which totally happens. I have done it before and will probably do it again. BUT, this produced spots that were much lighter. So, I stained those areas more and more and more to make the whole top even. It did not work. *sigh* So, back to the drawing board again. Then I decided to do a farm table look and what is even better, I had already stained it, which is the first part in prepping for the look! Then I got really excited that I worked on this project until 4 am. I know, I need a life.

Don't you just love the look of this?!

I chose to paint the bottom portion an orangeish red. (I am sorry readers, I never know the color because the paint I buy is always a mismatched paint that is not the color it was supposed to be in the first place) I did not distress the legs because I really wanted to have the juxtaposition of a cleaner look with a rustic top. I think it turned out fantastic!


Item has been sold. 

This is one of those items that I just really want to keep for myself. It is hard sometimes to create a project that you love and then turn around and sell it. However, I do get so much joy out of people getting a new piece of furniture for their home! I envision this table as being an item that is not only enjoyed, but talked about while sitting around it! At least, I hope. As always, thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think.

Squeeze- Liz