Den Progress and Coffee Table Makeover

I have made some more progress on our den. To recap, the walls were planked and we were choosing paint and stain colors. I also found the perfect rug. You can catch up on the den progress here.

tongue and groove planked walls

The long wall is stained and turned out great. The other three walls are painted. The couch, coffee table and the wall opposite the long planked wall need to be addressed. The white coffee table was too big for the room.  Between the kids and the cats, the fabric on the couch did not hold up well and it was in bad shape.

AFTER:

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I sold the white coffee table at our garage sale and replaced it. The new coffee table fits the space so much better. We got a new couch from Ikea. I love the cleaner lines of the couch. It is slip covered and much more practical not to mention comfortable. Now, I just throw it in the washer when it needs to be cleaned- so practical. The slip covers come in a few different colors so when/if I get tired of it, I can just run to Ikea and get a new slip cover.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

Not much has changed on this side of the room. I am in the process of changing up the shelves but you can see the paint color above the shelves.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

It is hard to get a good photo of the window during the day. The curtains are from HomeGoods and I love them. We added a pleated white fabric shade to soften the room and also for more privacy at night. It is room darkening so when it is closed, the den looks like a theater room.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

I DIY’d a couple of throw pillows from a rag rug.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

This is a closeup of the curtains. Aren’t they pretty? Now for the coffee table details.

COFFEE TABLE BEFORE:

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

I found the perfect coffee table for the den at a garage sale over the Summer. I stopped at the sale in the hope of finding a vintage baby carriage for my sister’s sprinkle. I had been looking and looking with no luck. I was literally on my way to decorate for the sprinkle when the garage sale gods smiled on me. I picked up a vintage doll carriage, an antique cradle, an antique mirror and the handmade coffee table- all for a song and of course a story. The coffee table was handmade by the owner’s son when he was in college. It was their coffee table for years and years. They finally replaced it and, after storing it for years, were ready to part with it. We all know I am a sucker for a garage sale piece with a story.

Structurally the coffee table was in very good shape and it  was the perfect size for the den.The finish was a little dated and it just needed a face lift. Take a look:

AFTER:

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I decided not to paint the table. Are you surprised? Instead I completely lost my mind sanded the whole table down and stained it. I sanded and sanded and then sanded some more. I love the look of raw wood and have been looking for a piece to sand. I don’t like to sand, but I know it is a necessary evil so I do it. Even though I don’t like to sand on a good day, the thought of completely sanding the table, didn’t seem so bad. Kind of like deciding to start a diet when you aren’t hungry. Not so easy to stick to when you are starving. Anyway, there was a bump in the road, but I love how the coffee table turned out and I can’t wait to sand another piece- a dresser maybe?

 

My intention was for the whole table to be the color of the table base. As you can see the top is darker- my bump in the road. In an effort to avoid any orange tones in the finish, I stained the top special walnut. It ended up looking exactly like the before picture. Big Daddy looked at it and said “I’m glad you stained it but it seems like you went to a lot of work and it looks the same.” He was right. He said it in the sweetest way but he was right.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

I should have tested the color on the underside of the table but I did not. So I had to do damage control. Thankfully, I had a solution also known as whitewash and aged oak gel stain. I applied to coats of whitewash to the table top. When that dried, I applied a thin coat of aged oak gel stain to the whole table. Once the stain dried, I applied a final coat of whitewash to the whole table. To protect the top, I applied three coats of polycrylic in a satin finish.

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

 

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

 

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

 

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

 

den makeover, plank wall,boho rug, vintage coffee table makeover

The room is really coming along. The walls, furniture, window coverings and light fixtures are done. Now it is just a matter of adding the finishing touches. I still need to paint the little side table. I really need to buckle down and find art for that long wall. Do you have any ideas? A large statement piece? A gallery wall? I am stuck and would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.

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I’m sharing at:  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Cupcakes and Crinoline, Knick of Time, Creativity Unleashed, Little vintage Cottage, Craftberry Bush, Waste Not Wednesday

Comments

  1. i looooove that rug, where’s it from? the new couch and the table that color really lighten the space up. enjoy!
    b

  2. O.K, that table looks so high end and current. I can’t believe what you do! I wish I had your eye and talent!!!
    The room looks fabulous!!!

  3. The wood wall looks so warm and inviting. I love the texture of your rag rug pillows.

  4. I love how you achieved the final look on the coffee table! The room looks so nice and cozy.

    thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

    gail

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