May 2, 2010

Trash to Treasure

We need a coffee table and I've been admiring lots of 'before and after' furniture projects online. In fact? I think 'before and afters' are the internet's very own Crack Cocaine.

Given that our house budget they say in the restaurant booking world, "completely committed," I started stopping at garage tag sales (we don't have garage sales here in New England.  We have 'tag' sales. Because we are annoyingly supercilious special.)

I liked the clean lines, the storage detail, and the nice proportions of this piece. I do not like the inlays. And since the price was right ($20), I'm going to attempt my first piece of refinished furniture.  I want it to be SHINY! and TWO COLORS! and BOLD! and SHINY!  I think having the top a different color than the base would be fun.  But do I paint the ENTIRE top a different color, or only the surface parallel to the floor?

 I'm thinking about a cool 'bone' color for the body and a deep red or black for the sliding top. What think you? Here's the before.


  1. Oh My Gawd! Don't touch that magnificent piece of furniture with a paint brush! Please. I'll take it off your hand for $25. That inlay is gorgeous. I love the sliding top and its cubby hole secret storage.

    There's nothern NE and southern NE. I'm from a wee bit north of you and we've always called them garage or yard sales.

  2. Oh Cheryl! You are so persuasive and I am so lazy! The combination might result in your wish. Let me consider my options.

  3. My cousin does what you do so I'm used to watching what I think is lovely turn into something just as lovely only painted. It's the before part that kills me. I love wood finishes. I'm sure you'll do the same.

  4. This is so not my arena. But you're in New England? You're sooo right, we just moved here and I see boatloads of signs for Tag Sales, no garage sales like we had in California, just Tag Sales.

    Thanks for stopping by and making my SITS day such a wonderful experience. Your time and your words mean the world to me.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  5. noob commenter here, but I'm in the solidly no-paint camp.

    Especially after your bouts with strippers (now there's the first time I've ever typed that), I can't believe you would want to change that beautiful patina!

    And having lived down on the Mass. coast... it gets even better when "tag sales" are called "estate sales." I've seen that around here with much amusement.

  6. If you can verify the wood is mahogany or similar, sell it on craig's list for $50. Otherwise I would paint it all glossy, glossy black.

  7. I am pretty impressed with the patio. The bathroom renovation makes me feel exhausted on your behalf. I can't wait to see the finished product.

    Good luck with that coffee table. Whatever you do will be wonderful.

  8. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it. I have no clue where to begin with refinishing furniture but I love the idea of transforming something. I have so many projects here waiting for me but first I need to learn what in the world to do and how.
    I always enjoy your projects!

  9. AnonymousMay 03, 2010

    You have 'tag' sales? I just learned something new! Love the coffee table and love sailing (yard sales)!

  10. Wow! I actually love that just the way it is. The hidden nooks are cool! I could see my tableclothes etc. being stored in there.

  11. I love it the way it is!! BUT, if you must, then I won't tell.

    T. Rivera

  12. what a great find. I do want to see the afters. I'm a bit of an addict so all I need are enablers like yourself. LOL. Have a great weekend!

  13. I love that table! Can't believe you got it for such a steal. I'm looking forward to seeing your "before and afters". (They really are like crack cocaine!)

  14. I'm stopping back to re-look at this table... does it have a leather top? Just wondering, because I have similar end tables.

    Methinks you need to get some Old English polish and give it a good once-over, before you try the paint. It's a beauty, just as it is!


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