Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lacquer & Glass: A Coffee & End Table Makeover

When we bought our new couch & loveseat, I knew our coffee table & end table would need to be switched out too. If nothing else convinces you to thrift & DIY, this should:

We purchased oak coffee and end tables back in January for $75. I painted them black & they looked brand new. We just sold them for $110. They offered $125, but I cut 'em a deal. I paid $80 for the set I'm about to show you. So, even including the supplies to makeover both sets, I still made a profit. :) *cue happy wife dance*

Anyway, our "new" set came from a smoking, pet-owning home. Ugh. But.. they had the lines I wanted and so it was a deal. In this photo, I've already removed the glass panels.


There was some nasty grime built up on these babies, and and the finish... not so hot!


I took the frame & lower shelf apart from the metal legs so that I could revamp each separately. The legs were originally black. I gave them a couple coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and a coat of spray-on polyurethane for durability.



It took a LOT of wood filler, sanding, and priming for these pieces! The corners were chipped, the wood texture was messed up, and there was a black border around the bottom shelf that I had to cover up. But, once it was all primed, things started looking up!


I used Rustoleum's American Accents Blossom White for the paint color. I love it! Very white, but not too harsh. To finish it, I decided against polyurethane. Every time I've tried to use it over white paint, it yellows the color and looks horrible. After my post the other day.. I decided I must use lacquer!


I did 4 coats of the lacquer. You only have to wait minutes between applications- which I love! After a few hours outside, I had to bring it inside to completely finish drying- the humidity outside wasn't helping at all.

After scrubbing the glass all clean, I put all the pieces back together & was super happy with the results.

The lacquer works great with our living room makeover (you'll see a finished product soon, I promise!).

*Please excuse the awful picture quality- I thought I had some good ones on my camera, but I'll have to get better ones later!*



As always, the BEFORE:




And, the AFTER:


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This post is linked up @ The Shabby Chic Cottage, ASPTL, & Bloggeritaville.

20 comments:

Lucy Marie said...

You rock my world. Once again.

Domestic Princess said...

They look great!

Sarah said...

Woah, another great makeover!!! You are awesome at this! Thanks for the lacquer recommendation:) They look sooo good.

The DIY Show Off said...

You did an amazing job - they're gorgeous!

Christy said...

What is the brand name for the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and where do you buy it? Also where do you buy the American Accents Heirloom White & Blossom White? I've looked everywhere in my area and can't find either. Love the tables and also the desk you posted on Monday! Thanks for your inspirations!

Becky said...

Woo Hoo! Gorgeous. What an update on that look.

C said...

Hi Christy! The Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint is by Krylon- I purchased it @ Wal-Mart. The Rustoleuom American Accents line is a pre-mixed, pre-tinted paint. My local Menard's carries it in the actual paint, and the spray can. My post on the distressed desk has pictures of what they paint looks like. I know Lowe's also carries the spray versions of this line, however I haven't checked if they carry the regular paint. I'd suggest going to your local home improvement stores and asking someone knowledgeable where you'd find it. Make sure you mention the whole name- Rustoleum American Accents [color] & tell them it's a pre-tinted line. Good luck, and email me if you have any other questions! :)

kristin said...

I love this! I've been reading your blog for a couple weeks now and I'm loving it. :) Thanks for all the inspiration!

New England Girl said...

Wonderful job, C!! These turned out beautifully. :)

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

I'm inspired. Great job. I've gotta go now & get busy...

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Isn't spray paint the best invention ever? Love this!

Thanks for linking up with me!

Joy said...

A very pretty update!

Katie said...

I left you something at my blog...

ps: Love the re-do :)

xoxo
k

pk said...

Excellent makeover! Looks great.

Sarah said...

holy cow. incredibly!

Christina said...

Oh wow! An amazing makeover.

Kammy said...

Great job, tons of work ! Looks F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. !!!
Kammy

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Amazing! Thanks for participating in Thrifty Thursday this week! Some great finds, my friend!
Hugs!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Jorden and Kristin said...

yay! they are beautiful! great find and great makeover! :)

Rachel said...

Wow, these turned out so wonderful! I love the idea of lacquer!