Besides being immediately ugly to the eye, it did have some redeeming qualities; it was timber… it was round… it was crossed at the legs and it possessed a shiny glass circular top. With a $10 price tag it was also well worth the risk.
It was however, almost overlooked due to it’s hideous ‘nonna-esque’ brown stain. A stain that would be hell bent on holding on no matter how hard I tried. ’40 grade’ sandpaper sheets (to which even the Bunnings guy questioned whether it’s coarseness would be appropriate) and a few spare hours of back breaking sanding and I had the base to evolve from.
(Firstly, before I launch into the coffee table revamp I have included a few images to showcase where I wanted to head with the restoration. Modern Scandinavian with a touch of bling.)
Below is the original coffee table and the beginning of the sanding and staining process:
Once the major sanding work was complete I coated it with a White Lime wash for the main body of the table and for the internal facades of the legs I applied 3 coats of the ‘Dulux’ Metallic range in colour ‘Moving Image’. It took a few coats to remove the visible brush strokes with the copper/gold and for the lime wash it required some manual sanding to remove the extreme whiteness. At this stage I think the copper/gold still requires a few more coats to make it really pop.
Overall, I feel it is an improvement on the table I started with. I think once the trauma of all that sanding has warn off I will begin to love it.
Image Credits: Hopper Boxes, Atelier Sano, Iona Cheval Mirror by Pinch, Petra Bindel, ‘Solo’ Series by Nitzan Cohen of Mattiazzi, Studio Juju, image from annaleenashem.blogspot.com, unknown, Block7 Mini House, Thomas Bentzen ‘Around’ Coffee Table, Naoto Fukasawa, Image from: Lovenordic.blogspot.com.
* All other images by Thebowernest (Caitlin Perry) please credit and link back to site if used.