Disclosure: Amy Howard at Home sent me this spray paint for free, but finishing this coffee table has been on my To Do list for approximately a year… and all euphoric feelings of checking something gorgeous off my To Do list are entirely my own!
The weekend all of our furniture arrived from Brooklyn back in 2013 (P.B. Pre-Blog), I realized we needed a bigger coffee table. I found one on Craigslist and it’s been perfect. The right shape for the space and sturdy enough for the river dancing the kids feel compelled to test out on top every afternoon. (The only negative is that it’s a great size for their games of ‘don’t touch the floor… thank you, Pippi Longstocking.)
Well, right away, I didn’t love the wood tone on the surface. Painting could totally have worked, but I had this hair brained idea to bring in a metallic… like a stainless steel. But, turns out stainless steel ain’t no budget solution. You know what is? Sheet metal. Like in HVAC ducts. I mentioned it all in this early post, but basically I drove the coffee table down to the local duct fabricator and he cut and molded me a topped for the coffee table in approximately 12 minutes.
The corners are slightly pointed so when we have pre-walkers, I stick some corner guards on, but they’re definitely not sharp or dangerous. We’ve had the table for 2 years now with no problems.
Anyways, the one part of the table that still doesn’t jive is… the base. It’s a very pretty green, but… there’s nothing in our family room that matches a very pretty green. We’re solidly in the navy/ blue/ white camp. Painting the coffee table base has been on my To Do list for months. You know the first few items on the list that never really get touched? Yeah… one of those.
Until I got an email from Amy Howard at Home. Poking around the website I assumed it was all chalk paint and I didn’t really have anything lined up for chalk paint right now, but then… I saw it. That magical word: LACQUER. Lacquer means spray paint and spray paint means SIMPLE! And… the color palette is my jam. Close your eyes and pick one it’s so good.
I responded to the email panting over the spray paint and to shut me up, they sent along a few cans to sample! I’m still waiting for the perfect project to try the clear lacquer and the Easton green, but the blue. Well, the blue was all lined up for the coffee table. Bye bye not-so-matching green, helllloooooo Belgium Blue!
The color is a rich dark navy that complements all the blues in our family room to a tee. I used a little more than half a can on this table base and it has a lush dark coverage. Not sure what took me so long, but SO glad I waited for this paint to come along… I will definitely use it again!
Such an easy simple change, but such a difference! I love that this table now matches the room totally. I think the metallic topper stands out so much more against the shiny blue base. Why didn’t I paint this sooner?
Also, can’t believe I almost forgot! Head over to the Better Homes and Gardens site to see what I had to say as a Style Spotter about my ombre file cabinet and it’s feature on the I Did It page!
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