Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Procrastinator's Party: The After Party

My family room coffee table project for the Procrastinator's Party at The Inspired Room is finished.
I started with a free table left over from a neighbour's yard sale. It was sturdy but although my style is a little rustic and I love rustic wood, the orangey coloured table was not what I had in mind. Our 12 year old son loves power tools and home improvement projects. He offered to sand it and I was hoping to get down to bare wood that I could do a combination of stain and paint on. No such luck. While he was sanding I quickly realized it was partly a simulated wood piece. Staining was not going to work. Oh well, what's a girl to do but make the most of it. Deciding between a creamy white and black, I ended up choosing black. We have lots of black accents in our home and I thought this would work well.
After sanding I primed with Benjamin Moore Fresh Start (two coats). Lots of drying time between and then two coats of Benjamin Moore Black (a mistint can so I don't know the name).
Both cans of paint were from previous projects and since the table was free this was a $0 freebie fix-up. This is not my forever family room coffee table, but it will do for now. And can you believe I actually chose the wild fabric for the couch and chair only 4 years ago!  I liked the colours (it incorporated the colours we use in our home, beige, black, blue and green) and had advice to pick a pattern so as not to show as much dirt. What was I thinking!!!! A $1500 decision that I would so love to be able to go back and change. I will do the big happy dance one day when these pieces head down to the basement sitting area and I can buy a new SOLID colour sofa to replace it. I did however learn from this and we bought a beautiful heritage leather sofa for our living room. I love love love that one. Thanks for visiting. Be sure to stop by The Inspired Room for more Procrastinator's Party: The After Party reveals.

9 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I LOVE the black!! I think it makes all of the pretties you put on it really pop. Great job!!

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  2. Hopped over from the Inspired Room... the coffee table looks great!!

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  3. Not a bad coffee table for a free project!

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  4. The black is looking good. I had to chuckle about your comments on the choice of material in the sofas. All my couches are NOT plain. And I don't mind it in one of my rooms. But in the other room I do mind---these sofas are a weird blend of brown and aqua and they are sleeper couches that I got for dirt cheap at a consignment shop. They do go with the flooring in the room so I have lived with them for a long time. They are pretty comfy too! ANd we do use them occasionally to sleep on.........so guess I am stuck. But I agree that plain couches would offer so much more flexability. However, I do think it is true that the mixed colored couches are good at hiding the dirt, etc!!

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  5. Yes, great choice with the black color. Nice work.

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  6. That turned out great! I think it would be my forever table if I had done all of that work on it. It looks like such a heavy, quality piece of furniture, and I love it with the black paint. laurie

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  7. It looks LOVELY! Very nice work, I'm so glad you did it!

    Blessings,
    Melissa

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  8. i think it looks great! nice work with the black!

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