June 22, 2012

Coffee Table Re-do {uber budget friendly}

Welcome.  Happy Friday!

I'm happy to share with you my most recent project...a coffee table re-do.  I am really mostly happy with how it turned out.  {We'll see if I actually keep it this way or re-do it again...my style seriously changes as quickly as the seasons!}

The best part of it all...{drum roll}...the entire "thing" cost under $20! {so cheap that I won't feel bad if I re-do it again next month.}

I ran into a couple "hitches" with this re-do {hence why I may be changing it}.
  1. my paint colors weren't quite what they were intended to be. {my bottom coat was supposed to be a deep brown/gray but turned out a medium gray, and my top coat was supposed to be a really light, creamy tan/linen color that came out nearly white!}
  2. while I do really like the table, it has now made me really dislike my sofas...{maybe recovering them could be in my future???}
So...here is the piece that inspired the whole direction of this project and the direction of our living room scheme.  

Here is the table before...REALLY not MY style at all.  I really didn't care for the tinted glass.  {I completely understand some people really like this style and finish of furniture, it's just not for me.}

Here is the table after...{sorry for the NOT great pictures...I really need to get in for my camera classes}

The process was quite easy and quick.  I started by cleaning it and sanding it down.  

Next, I used a primer and paint in one and did two coats {sanding in between each coat} of my dark gray {bottom color} that I wanted to sand down to {for that aged/worn down look}.

Then {much to my husband's confusion}, I went over it with my light linen nearly white color.  Once dry with the coverage that I desired, I lightly sanded corners, edges, and a bit of the top flat surfaces to "reveal" the gray until I got the desired effect.

The glass squares in the top threw me for a bit of a loop. I went through a few different "ideas" and "tests" before I finally wondered what would happen if I Mod Podged onto the pieces of glass.  I decided to just go for it.  I found a roll of wrapping paper that I liked and Mod Podged that onto the glass.

My Mod Podged glass tiles...

Of course a photo shoot in my house wouldn't be complete without being "photo bombed" by one of my children...

What do you think?  Too light...too white???

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Hey! That turned out so well! The Mod-podged paper looks very pretty and its the perfect way to cover the unwanted glass. Well done!

  2. So Cute! I love this redo! We just found your blog and we are your newest follower. We would love for you to check out our blog!

  3. Rhiannon, thanks for following me! I am now following you! Looks like we party at a few of the same places. Can't wait to get to know you a little better. I LOVE the maxi dress and the shirt you made for yourself too. Have a great weekend!

  4. I think it turned out beautifully!! new follower here found through Mom's Mingle!

  5. Looks amazing! Great job :)

    New follower from the Mingle.. Have a great week!

  6. looks great!

    New follower from the Mingle!

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  7. Hi! I'm following you from the Mom's Monday Mingle blog hop! Look forward to reading more! I would appreciate the follow back! Thanks! -Kat


  8. Oh my gosh, I love that!! I have a table I might do that to...

    New follower from the Mingle!

  9. Your table looks great!!I am a new follower from the Mingle! :) Glad you linked up there! :)
    Cindy (VegetarianMamma.com)

  10. i have a might do that to i love the all coffee tables design.....this is really amazing....i like it...

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