You guys! Thank you so much for all your internet and instagram love for our finished dining room. I’m so excited to have one room actually finished! Now we just have the entire rest of our house to finish…someday. For now I’ll probably be bouncing between finishing our living room and our kitchen, but the first project is in our living room – our refinished coffee table.
Our living room has been in a state of flux since we laid our new floors, got a new couch, and got a new turquoise rug. Yes, turquoise. Or maybe it could be better described as teal or aquamarine. Not exactly the color I expected upon ordering (gotta hate bad internet photos) but I am still really happy with it. I consider it a colorful neutral, if there is such a thing. The only problem with our colorful-yet-neutral rug is that our coffee table was not jiving with it. Our original coffee table had a fairly dark weathered gray finish.
I built the coffee table about a year and a half ago to fit our space. It is a bigger than an average coffee table – perfect for board games, fondue parties, and every day kicking up your feet. It has held up so well – the faux metal base does not disappoint.
The only problem was that once we added the turquoise rug, it made the coffee table look blue. Blue! A blue table on a turquoise rug just ins’t my deal. So I decided to go for a free update by refinishing our existing coffee table with supplies I had on hand. All I used was an orbital sander with several sanding pads, a mix of stains, and sealer. I used the sander to take off most of the old finish. I kept all the gray in the cracks/crevices and on most of the sides. I just liked how it looked that way.
I’ll admit, the project stalled there for a while. Finally, I ended up finishing the table by using a mix of a light gray and natural wood stains that I applied with a blue shop towel. Blue shop towels are clearly the world’s best invention. I tested out several mixes on the table itself, just sanding them off after my tests. Then after staining, I brushed on several coats of a satin polycrylic finish. While I usually like satin, the result was waaay too shiny. So, I sanded the table yet again, taking off most of the satin finish. Somehow what’s left of the finish looks matte but still wards off errant red wine drips with ease. Perfect.
So now we’ve got a lighter coffee table that I think I love even more than the original version.
So that’s it. A dusty but worth it update for our living room, which is helping this room get on board with the lighter and brighter situation happening in the whole Pierce household.