Saturday, January 25, 2014

DIY Coffee Table

So I know some of you are wondering where I have been all week.  And then there are some of you that probably didn't even realize I have been MIA.  :)

Well, I have been tired. And when I say tired I mean exhausted.  So exhausted I started to go to that crazy place in my mind.  Things started to shut down and quit and I felt like I was on drugs of some sort.  So exhausted I stopped doing push ups at bootcamp to lay in a dirty parking spot of the San Luis Resort because I could not lift myself again.  So exhausted that when I woke up to BLittle sending a work email on his phone from bed at 4am I had thoughts of smothering him with his pillow.

For the last 3 weeks, I have been struggling with sleep.  This is something I don't usually have a problem with.  I love sleep and I have to have 7-9 hours of good sleep to function.  After several weeks of bad sleep and going to the ranch this weekend and waking up 5 to 6 times a night, my body started to shut down.  I have been in a bit of a daze the past week.

I am finally starting to get better sleep and I have more energy to be productive.  This project took a little longer than I wanted but it is done and I love it.

Here is our coffee table before.

At first I thought I would just refinish this one but there were too many things I didn't like.  It was super heavy, I hate the bottom shelf (it tends to be a junk collector), and I wanted a stained not painted coffee table.  This one had a few too many veneer issues to re stain.

So, I decided to build one.  True story.  Again.

Yes, last week I built a dining room table (read about it here and here) and this week a coffee table.  Apparently, I am on a roll, in a groove, whatever.

I wanted to make a coffee table that was a little longer than the one we had and didn't have the bottom shelf.  Also I wanted clean, simple lines.  Our previous coffee table was one of the only new pieces we bought for our NOLA home.  Blittle was insistent that we have a coffee table that lifts so I bought one.  I wanted this new table to have this feature too.

I took the lift mechanism out of the old table and used it for the new one.

This is what the finished product looks like.  I think I am going to put another coat of stain on it to darken it up a bit and cover up the yellow still showing through.  I haven't decided yet.  I'll keep y'all posted on that.

The old coffee table will be refinished and available for purchase.  It is a great table, it just wasn't working for us.

Have a great Saturday!  I am working today since I decided to take a snow day without snow yesterday.  :)  There is a great project being delivered today and I can't wait to show y'all!  It's going to be a great makeover.

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  1. Hi Kaylor!!!

    Love the new table!!! I agree with you on re-staining it. The yellow really shows through. Great job!!!

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!


  2. Great project! As for your yellow - I would leave it as-is for a bit. Yellowing in wood usually fades out over time. :)

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