Thrift store score: coffee table

I love when I go to a thrift store and I not only see just what I was looking for, but at a great price too. I wanted a new coffee table for my living room that had some kind of metal legs and a wood stained top. When I happened upon this ugly duckling I thought it could work, and when I saw the $6 price tag, I got even more excited. The top was not real wood, but I knew I could replace it easily. It had potential and I was excited to unlock it. 

The first thing I did was clean the metal really well and take off the ugly fake top. I added a piece of wood I already had and secured it with screws. I liked that the top wasn't square but had the rounded edges. It's Hobby wood, which you can get from Lowe's for a pretty good price. 

I grabbed a cute stencil I had and I used part of it on the top of the wood using gray chalk paint. I wanted to add a little somethin' somethin' to make the top interesting. I left out the Paris part of the stencil because I did not want to go overboard, but I liked the rest of it. 

As you can see, when it is done it is kinda light, but that's ok, because I'm not done yet. This is just to add a little character and dimension but not be over the top. My rug is already over the top and loud, so I do not want anything that will compete with it. 

The next thing I did was add a few coats of stain. Minwax was the brand I used. It's in one of my favorite colors - Caraway I think? I'm not good with names, so I will have to double check that. I am digging how this turned out, it added just the extra special touch I think it needed. 

I love this technique. I think it adds a layer of detail that makes it look older and not freshly painted. Some people like that look, some do not. I like older things with history, I think even if your style is modern you should add something a 'lil old to give it character and warm the space up. Check back in a few days for the reveal of my living room, and this stylish coffee table!


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