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Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables

Coffee Tables – Love Them or Hate Them?

Why is it we are all so fascinated with Coffee Tables?

Coffee Tables

New Life from Old Trunk

Coffee Tables can make or break a room with its style of long or short, modern or ornate, as this stumpy table is designed to catch our attention.  These little tables have a big job in our homes as they work hard to entice families to gather around it, hold our drinks and our great reading materials/trinkets.  Homes around the world are filled with these fascinating little tables that bring big style to life in front of any sofa available.  The two pieces together are like Fred and Ginger dancing their way into your living space.  It is the one piece of furniture that remakes itself year after year, style after style, and can hold or store just about anything.  That one piece of furniture we always invite to stay – like our coffee table turned ottoman.

Coffee TableThere are many choices and styles, the Victorian Era, Anglo-Japanese style, Louis XVI style coffee tables and Georgian style coffee tables.  It used to be wood was the only choice for a long time for these low-slung tables and could be found in any shape or style your wanted, and the more ornate and heavy the more we fell in love with the table.  These lovely wood framed tables were found all the way back to renaissance days, and still invite your guest by being the show piece of your living space.

Coffee Table

Today’s trends bring to light more modern, wood, glass/metal choices.  We are also taking the time to make special coffee tables that represent our past loves out of recycled objects.

Mixed Tape Table

These squatty tables are a way for people to “Gather round the coffee table” by encouraging conviviality and light conversations over coffee or tea or just a great board/sports game with the people we love – like this game table found Quirky coffee Tables.

Coffee tables

So, why do we use coffee tables?  It’s simple, people love coffee tables.  These welcoming tables help us be ourselves, and help us show who we are through our coffee tables – like this beauty of iron and wood made by Hello I Live Here.

Rustic DIY Coffee Table

Heck, when we can’t find just the right coffee tables, many of us take on the task of refinishing tables from era’s past by painting, staining, and decorative finishes, or building coffee tables from recycled goods which enhance these wonderful little coffee tables lines that hold the daily stuff that gets us through life.  This one table can help hold our coffee or tea cups, books, magazines, and our small treasures we want our guests to swoon over like this claw foot done with Annie Sloan paint and wax treatments.

Coffee Tables

So, whether you love them or hate them, use them or replace them with an ottoman or other low feature, there is always something in front of our sofa that represents this beloved piece of furniture.  Here’s to the coffee tables of the world – without you, we would all be holding our own drinks or have no place for our feet – like this $3 coffee table frame turned bench!

Finished bench

Tell us, what is your coffee table style and how do you use your table?

Until tomorrows post!  Gather around your coffee table and enjoy that space!

Linda 🙂

China Cabinet Makeover

China Cabinet Makeover – Part II

Not sure if you recall, but back a while back we started a post about making an old china hutch new again.  Our prior post focused on the top section of the china cabinet makeover part I, the section that holds the china (which we still are doing finishing touches).  This post is all about the bottom storage section of the china cabinet makeover.

Top of China Hutch
Top of China Hutch

I found this little gem about 4 months ago on my very first thrift store shopping spree at Red Racks for a whole $40!  As you can tell from the before pictures, this china hutch was in desperate need of a redo, and who was better to give her a face lift then the Hello I Live Here team, right! 😉  This was no small undertaking, as we are still working on this baby because, well you know, a girl likes to change her mind as she goes along on a project, which left this QT a little unfinished and begging for me to get back to work now that we have some warm days.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before

Our first task was to rip apart (and I do mean rip) the hideous old and bulky trim molding and round crown that embellished this hidden beauty.  Believe it or not, this old trim was really built to last, real wood trim custom made and heavy duty!  Each trim piece was connected using sturdy dowels and needless to say, it took some muscle to remove the trim, but we made it happen ;-).  After the trim was removed, we also removed the three doors.  We made sure to save the hardware and the old trims just in case it came in handy with a future project, as we all say – don’t toss today what you may need tomorrow!

China Cabinet Makeover - Trim Added

Next up for our china cabinet makeover we added some modern and decorative trim that matched the top part of the cabinet (we really wanted more of that boxy look that was more cottage appearance on this piece).  The trim was purchased from The Home Depot.  We selected trim profiles that fit the design of our villa.  Each trim piece was cut on our Ryobi 10″ laser light miter saw at a 45 degree angle and nailed into place with our trusty Ryobi nail gun (which by the way our shop cannot live without either tool ;-))  We added new center railings for the new doors, and side moldings to each side as shown above and below.

China Cabinet Makeover - Bottom Base Before and After

After the trim was done, our china cabinet makeover was starting to take shape.  We used Bondo all-purpose putty to cover any nail holes, and joining trim pieces we added to the sides (that new square side boarder we just love spiffed up those sides like Cinderella going to a ball).  Once the Bondo dried, we sanded with our Ryobi Corner Cat Sander, and an 80 grit sand paper, followed by a 120 grit to give it the smooth appearance.

China Cabinet Base Trim Details

Once the sanding was completed, we primed the newly installed pieces, using a bare wood primer by Valspar in white.  Primer is important when you are using raw woods.  If you paint and the wood has not been sealed with primer, it tends to suck in the paint, taking up to 3 coats to cover, so always prime bare wood.  That was all I could complete today on this wonderful piece for tonight everyone, but I promise it will not take six more months to finish this series. 🙂

China Cabinet Base Trim detail

China Cabinet Base Trim Painted

Part III will show you our next elements we added to the new looks, and that wonderful little surprise that will introduce this old piece to the 21st century!  Hope you like the progress so far everyone!  Have a great night!