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