8.17.2009

Buh-Bye Seventies!

*Update: The paint I used on the legs of my new table below is Behr's "Country Dairy" in an eggshell finish. The wood color for the top is Minwax's "Dark Walnut" stain. I used three coats of Minwax polyurethane in satin to seal the top.

It's been quite a week! First of all, thank you for your sweet messages for Nina's birthday, and your compliments on our new family room! I have loved reading each and every one of them as I sit on my new couch and try to catch my breath. We had a blast this weekend with the parties and all the celebrating. But now I need a nap. For, like, two weeks.

Instead, I am going to show you one final project that I worked on last week for the new family room, and then...well, I am serious about that nap!

A few of you mentioned the new coffee table in my photos. Here is what it used to look like. Hello, 1970s! (Hey, nothing against the seventies. I was born there. But I don't want to live there now!)

One night I couldn't sleep, and this idea came to me. I just took off the "wings" of this table and patched the resulting holes.

Then I sanded down the top of the table and re-stained it. The previous color was a bit too orange for me. I added a few coats of polyurethane in a satin finish.

I painted the legs a creamy white and then sanded the edges to make it look a little antiqued.

No more 1970s!

And now, about that two-week nap I mentioned. :) I really am going to take a bit of a bloggy break. But I want to very sincerely apologize to all of you. I try to get around to visit each person who comes here, and with all the goings-on lately, I just have not been able to do that. I think if you take the time out of your busy life to leave a nice comment for me, I want to return the favor on your blog, and get to "know" you as well. And that has really fallen through the cracks in the past week.

I am not leaving for good or anything, but just need a week or two to gather my life together, spend some non-crazy time with my family, and get into the groove of having a little girl in pre-school and a baby and a new family room to enjoy! :) All good things. I will be back with more projects in a few weeks. Take care and I will miss you all!


80 comments:

Joanna said...

Oh that looks great!

MJ said...

Beautiful! Do you mind sharing the name/brand of the stain and paint? I have a few tables that would look fantastic after a little makeover!

MegJill said...

Okay, I knew that was a nice looking table, but to know you did all that work makes it even neater! You did an awesome job on it.
Also, thank you so much for answering the paint color question! We'll look that one up and hopefully someday soon we can decide on the color and start painting! I'm kind of scared. :)

duchess said...

Beautiful table. I've been thinking of adding some white paint to a few furniture pieces around my house too. Glad to see how it would turn out.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

That looks awesome! Great job!
Darla

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I am always amazed! LOVE it, and enjoy the break!

southerninspiration said...

Carrie what a smart girl you are! The table looks great. What a great idea to take the wings off!
We understand that you have other top priorities...don't sweat it. Many of us have been in your shoes, and it's a tough circus to juggle. See you soon

suzanne

EntertainingMom said...

WOW!!!!!!

jamie said...

So smart! It looks so good!

sherri said...

Gosh, I need to give '70s furniture more of a chance! Nicely done...you're family room makeover looks GREAT too! Hope you're getting your rest.

Ally0005 said...

That table is beautiful! You do a great job on everything you do. I enjoy reading your blog to see what you will do next.
Try to stop by my blog on Thursday i will be posting my little ones dressing area.
Ally

Natalie said...

I love the coffee table now! I have several pieces of hand-me-down furniture circa 1970. So I may steal your idea.

Jboo said...

Oh my -- love that coffee table!! The only thing I can think of when I can't sleep is if it too early or too late for some chocolate! Can you telepathically send me some decorating mojo? Seriously, I need some help! :) Have a great little break -- but not too long!

Janet

Chris said...

WHAT???!! It's amazing! It's a brand new table! I LOVE it.

Queenmothermamaw said...

Dear Carrie, I appreciate your explanation of needing a break, but I hate to feel anyone has to apologize for taking one. No one is under contract to anyone, of course except our own selves. Some times we can be slave drivers to ourselves. Of course, it is nice to know one is not away for illness or other serious things. Girls just wanna have fun. That's me. You did a great job on that table. Ignited an idea for me. thanks
QMM

sarah m said...

Amazing transformation! I LOVE it. :) Enjoy your time away...the whole blogging thing is wonderful but also very time consuming, so I totally understand where you're coming from.

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Oh that turned out GREAT!

Courtney Baker said...

Fantastic. I love it!

SoBella Creations said...

What a great transformation! I hope you enjoy your bloggy break. It is hard getting into a routine when your getting a child ready for school. For me it is knowing I will have to leave again to pick her up from school. In Sept I will have two in school. One only 2 days a week though.

motherof3fellows said...

Love the coffee table, what a wonderful transformation.

I don't blame you on the blog break, sometimes you need to just forget about it, and focus on the most important things, Family.

adsgram said...

The table looks wonderful. You did a nice job on it. Enjoy your break, your room and your family!

Lynne
dlynne172@yahoo.com

Sunny said...

I totally understand the need for a blog-cation! I think mine was for a few months! LOL I wanted to ask you what color your paint was on the table legs. When you get back, let me know.

Beth said...

Your table looks fantastic and seriously no one expects you to leave comment for comment. I love that you are thoughtful enough to do that but no obligations to visit! Enjoy your nap :).

Vintage Modern Girl said...

have a wonderful break! that table looks fantastic! :-)

Dawn said...

Enjoy your break!

Blushing hostess said...

Yes, this is a wonderful idea that never would have occurred to me if I stared at that table forever. Well done!

Arlene said...

I love it, looks great! Enjoy your nap and time with the family!

the undomesticated wife said...

Great job on the coffee table! See, most people would put it to the curb, but we know the true treasures that lie behind 1970s decor and such! heehee!

Juice said...

Once again I'm in awe of your crafty skills! Brilliant!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Hi carrie,
LOVE the coffee table, what an awesome transformation.
Enjoy your blogging break!

Windy said...

As always, it looks great!
I have not been blogging a lot this whole summer and now that the kids are going back to school tomorrow, I need to do some serious cleaning:), so I am not getting back into it yet. Have a great break and enjoy that little baby during some alone time with no computer!

Aja said...

Wow, this looks great! Love love the creamy white legs with the darker wood tabletop!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Love the table! And totally understand the break. I had to declare one myself AND I even took a total technology break most of the weekend by not turning on my cell phone or computer for a good portion of the weekend. It was so refreshing AND the world didn't stop - ha! Have fun!

Angie said...

Love the coffee table and enjoy your blogging break!!

Ticklish Mermaids said...

Well done as always! I bought a table at Salvation army for $40 bucks and I was wondering what to do with it! xxoo

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Love it! It turned out so great - totally looks different!

I try to get to everyone that leaves a comment for me, but it's getting harder and harder. I feel guilty!! It's hard to juggle everything.

Enjoy your break!

Manuela

Lana said...

What a great make-over!!!

Enjoy your break with your family! :)

Tasha said...

You really are amazing. I love how you took a table that was totally crazy 70's and made it totally today fashionable. You really are always inspiring me! Enjoy your little break with your family and I really do hope you get lots and lots of naps this week!

Jodee Leader said...

That table turned out sooo cute. I especially love the legs!

Enjoy your time away. We will miss you!

Julia said...

OMG. THat Table is GORGEOUS! Can I buy it? Wow. I am seriously impressed. The re-varnishing of the top... what a difference.

The Little Red Shop said...

Carrie, Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. : ) The table looks wonderful! Do you have a plan up your sleeves for the "wings?" (ooh...you could make shutters..or cool signs...)

Have a dreamy "nap!"

Julie M.

Jen R. said...

Carrie! IT looks Awesome! What a great transformation!

Jen R. said...

Carrie! IT looks Awesome! What a great transformation!

Gretchen said...

What a great transformation! I love what you've done with your table.

Gretchen

Lisa & Gerald said...

Wow I love it...Enjoy your little break..hugs...

Jennifer said...

What a great idea! I would have never thought that was once a table from the 70s. Enjoy your nap!!

Kelli said...

The table looks really nice. I really want to tackle the end tables in my room...we'll see. Enjoy your time with your family. I can't believe Nina is in pre-school!

Chaos Cottage said...

I love it. It looks like a totally different table.

Miss E said...

Relax and enjoy your time, but hurry back soon, friend :)

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Beautiful table! Enjoy your break.

Davene said...

It's wise to know when to take a break. After all, we juggle so many responsibilities that inevitably, we come to a point of not being able to do them all. Knowing what and when to let slide is so important! So enjoy your time away, and we'll be around when you get back.

Beautiful job on the table, by the way!

Melanie said...

I absolutely love the table. How creative you are. Enjoy your time....we all need that every now and then.

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Ms. Tee said...

So pretty - I love it. :) I know what you mean about needing to regroup and a break - I need one, too. Enjoy yourself and those sweet babies :)

Six in One Hand said...

What an awesome transformation! I would have never thought of that. It looks adorable!

abby said...

Love your table transformation and your living room makeover! And what a great craigslist find with your rug.

Hope you are having a nice blogging break. :)

jane at Thunder-Moon said...

This is my first visit to your blog, but I plan to come back often. You are one clever, creative lady!

Enjoy your blogbreak!
~jane~

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Great job on teh coffee table. Have a great break, and I'll look forward to your return.

jennykate77 said...

Bye bye 70's, HELLO adorable coffee table! You always have the best ideas!

Hope you're bloggy break and two week nap do you good. Life does get crazy sometimes! I've been a little MIA myself, just doing summer stuff.

Take care! :)

Angie said...

That table looks gorgeous with the stained top and white legs! You are one smart chick!

Trista said...

I have the SAME table only it is a drop leaf dining table that I replaced with something prettier. It's sitting in our barn waiting to be handed down or taken to the Goodwill. I think I may take it apart today. I've been looking for a sofa table and I think it will be PERFECT without the wings.
THANK YOU!!!

traci said...

That is CA-RAZY....it doesn't even look kinda like the same time!!!!! What an AWESOME job you did..I am going to go redo something..lol

Rachel said...

That looks great!!!

Kim said...

This is EXACTLY what I want to do with our old teacher's desk... leave the top wood tones and paint the bottom creamy white. I just didn't know it until now.

Hubby won't be in favor, but your photo will definitely help my cause. =)

classiclyamber said...

Oooh, you did a wonderful job! I really like that a lot! =-)

Better After said...

Beautiful! It looks like something that would cost a lot of $$$. I would love to feature this sometime on my blog! C'mon over and check me out!

amerchantheart said...

So new to this blogging thing, but I totally love that table,that im gonna be on the hunt for one?? I live in the Springs,did you get it in Denver?

Tanya said...

Your table looks beautiful and it seems like the price was great too!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Just came over from the Nester's. Great job on the table! It seriously looks brand new! I'll have to go check out other posts on your living room. It looks amazing.

Alaska Girl said...

WOW! I just found your blog coming over from Nester and I love your ideas! =]

Casa Mia * My House * said...

This is so beautiful. Just my style.

Genny said...

Carrie,
Can you loan me some of your creativity? You are amazing with the way you transform old into new.
Always inspired when I stop by,
Genny

Linda Q said...

From one Queen to another, this looks great, wonderful job.
I need to find an old table like that , we need a better one in our family room.
Linda Queen

Cheri Peoples said...

That looks great.
Come check out the Knock Off Knock Out party.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

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Renee said...

That looks awesome! Great job!!!! It seriously looks brand new!!!!fantastic....That table looks gorgeous..
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Amy said...

Great job with the table! It looks amazing!

Cheri Peoples said...

Just checking in with everyone and to give an update.
I have a new party starting- Wed Sept 2. So each week I will have the Knock Off Knock Out party on Mondays and the Holiday/Seasonal party on Wed. I hope you come for a visit.
New buttons to grab as well.
Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

Kathy said...

Love your table redo. How creative to think of taking off the extension pieces.

Lindsey @ Harpserville Home said...

Oh wowie! That looks so wonderful! I had kept up with reading your blog a while back but lost all my favorites when I changed my url and so I just stumbled upon it again today and I had to become a follower so I wouldn't lose it again! I love to look at all your projects!:)