Friday, March 9, 2012

My Thrift Store Coffee Table and A Surprise!

Here's what happened. We had just moved back to California. We had ditched our old coffee table before the move, because it had been demolished by years of kid abuse.

So I  see this little thrift store, and outside this little thrift store is this little square coffee table that would fit perfectly in my little apartment.  I loved the size and I loved the double decker look and I loved the lines of it. 

I said I loved the lines! Not the scratches! Didn't matter, it would look like that within one week after entering the kid zone anyway. But, wait, what does that little white price tag say?

Are you freakin' kidding me??? I sprinted into the store with my crazy eyes and my cash and demanded that it be mine. 
The owner looked at me like I was nuts. 
Maybe because it was one hundred-ish (or eighty) degrees outside and so that little mad dash into the store had turned me into a sweaty-haired disaster, or maybe because I had looked that way anyway. No, couldn't be that. I'm awesome ALL THE TIME. 

"I really want that square table!" I yelled with all my excitement.

"Really? That thing's been out there for months." 

"Oh really? Then then town must be full of ... Never mind. If I try to look extra cute and flirty, with my sweaty, whacked-out hair and crazy eyes, will you load it into my car for me?" Or maybe I didn't say that out loud, but I did it, and it worked. Maybe because I was super cute. More likely because he wanted to get me the hell out of his store.

And I cannot tell you how filthy that thing was! I scrubbed with all sorts of toxic and non-toxic solutions and still, the layers of dirt impressed even me. And I once lived in an apartment in which cockroaches greeted me on my pillow on a nightly basis. With song. Ah... to be 19 again. The glamour of it all.

Anyway! Are you so proud that I scored that table for $10? Will you lose all that pride for me if I tell you that I didn't do anything with that table for A YEAR? Meh. I wanted to, I swear! I just... didn't.

And one night, I did.

Get your mind out of the gutter!

I sanded and painted. Oh - see the drawer! It perfectly fits all our remotes for the TV and Wii. It's all kinds of wonderful, this table.

And I stained (the same color as the dining table, since it's all basically in the same room) ...

And I still haven't polyurethaned it. And I'm not at all hanging my head in shame about it.

I'll get around to it sooner or later. 

(We have a kindergarten groundhog on a craft stick that has lived in our flowers since Groundhog Day. Ella put him there. I think he's adorable.)

The table's good, right?


Oh, and it is still decorated for Valentine's Day. Because I put A LOT of effort into my Valentine's Day decorating. Before this year I had zero Valentine's Day decorations and now I have: These and these and these and these! I'm thinking I'm going straight from Valentine's Day decor to Easter decor. I never said I wasn't lazy. In fact, I do believe I've admitted it quite often on this blog. Oh, and I got this cute candle idea from pinterest!

You know who makes me feel better about not following through with the poly? 

She's kind of a big deal around here.


Oh, and I distressed the table, too. That should count for something. Penny especially likes the way this table leg is distressed. It saves her the trouble of doing it for me. Or maybe it still needs a little more. I'm sure she'll decide later.

She totally deserves her own blog post. Coming soon!

$10 Coffee Table!!!

It's a Happy Day!


Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

Oooh Darcy this is so pretty!! Why can't I find cute stuff like this when I go thrifting, bummer! I would love to feature this beauty this week at my cheap finds and transformations party! For $10 and it's beauty it fits right in! Here's the link if you're interested, have a great weekend!

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation! Great job on this!! I am currently working on redoing an old sewing box and I cannot wait for it to be done;)

Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

A Lived in Home said...

Wow! What a great find! I love the contrast of white and stained wood. Looks amazing!

Cynthia said...

Wow that looks great! I love a stained top! And I tend to procrastinate on things too!

Ali Richardson said...

Awesomesauce!!! YOu already know how I feel about the table...and the doggy. I love them both :)

Erin said...

Awesome job! Love the table and the puppy!

Lea said...

Really nice! I love the dark top!

Chase the Star said...

Saw you on Tatertots & Jello--- Great job on this table! love it!

Sugarr2518 said...

For $10 you can't pas a deal like this up! I love how you finished it, especially how you kept the the top stained and the bottom white. It looks so fresh! Your puppy is just adorable:) I love her little tag!!!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

Soooooo awesome!! $10 & beautifully redone! It looks like hundreds!! & Penny -- too cute for words!! I must meet her soon xo

Home is Where my Heart is said...

I love seeing old pieces of furniture turned into something fabulous! Very inspiring tutorial! :) Cath

Karen at said...

OK, the table is gorgeous, but Penny is freakin adorable!!! I love what you did with your $10 find, looks like it costs hundreds! Thank you for sharing :)

Taylor said...

I love how it turned out! The white is a great pop in contrast to the stain on top! :) And your puppy is adorable!
I hope you'll share this with my "Unveil Your Genius" Link party!

Happy Weekend!

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

OMG! I love it and that adorable dog!!

HuNnY aNd PoPpA LeWiS said...

That table turned out super! And your pup is simply adorable.

Fátima Cócaro said...

I loved the table, but I liked most of the dog.


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