June 24, 2013
My Minty Mid-Century Coffee Table Makeover
Hold the phone, Tanya has a coffee table. If you know me, you know I HATE coffee tables and am madly in love with our tufted ottoman. When Hubs and I sink into the sofa for some T.V. time, we really get into it. The more horizontal we can slouch, the better, and a cushy ottoman facilitates this. I know it's cool to say we don't watch T.V. or have cable, but we love our television and we love to Lounge (capital L). A coffee table does not facilitate lounging, with its pointy corners and hard top. It facilitates prim cocktail hour. And leaves little bruises every freaking time I bump into it. But the minty one that now graces our living room looks amazing: it shows off the living room's spaciousness much better than our behemoth of an ottoman.
It's actually a funny story how the coffee table came to be. I was yard saling with a friend and we spotted it - for free - at a yard sale right between our houses. I'd always thought the townhouse would need a coffee table for staging and so I wanted to pick it up, but because we weren't planning on selling the house for a year, and I wasn't even sure it would fit in the car, I passed. I thought about it all morning though, and at the end of the day we drove by again to see if it was still there. It was! I figured it was free so if it was too much of a bother to store for a year, I'd pass it on to someone else. The length and mid-century lines were too perfect for the living room to pass on. My friend and I crammed it into the car, and only a few days later we found and eventually bought the lake house. What luck, right? Poor table though, it had seen better days.
The table had some water damage so I gave it a light sand and a coat of spray primer. Then I gave it two coats of mint-coloured latex paint (the free can!) using a brush for the legs and a small, low pile foam roller for the flat surfaces. A coat of varnish helped seal it. My only regret: I should have waited for the paint to cure longer before applying the varnish because it smudged the paint in a couple of places. Not a problem for me because this is just for staging. But if I do a top coat again on painted furniture (I never do), I won't rush the coats.
Truly the living room looks much bigger with the coffee table, and I love how the mint green is identical to the mint in the pillows. It complements the teak as well as the burnt orange and brick hues nicely.
There is also a long overdue project evident in these photos that I have yet to share the details about . . .