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Checker top Coffee Table

Last year there was a yard sale that seemed to go on for several days. For one reason or another I ended up driving by it several times even though it wasn't close to our house. Every time I passed it, I saw this coffee table. I loved the style. The color? Not so much. I finally stopped and looked around and decided against buying the table even though it was marked at a fair $20. It not only had a not so pleasing color (to put it tactfully). But it had a glaze that was even worse. I passed it up three ventures in a row. Surprised it wasn't sold, I finally stopped and asked if they would take $15 for it.
So I thought.
 I won't lie. This project ended up being dreadful. I tried stripping it first, which became a big unanticipated gooey mess. Then it dried leaving chunks of paint that wouldn't soften with several applications of an attempt to get it right. Then I sanded a little and got disgusted with the whole thing. When my mother came to visit two months later, she sanded it down quite a bit more while we were cleaning out the garage. Despite her great efforts, it still had lots of bumps from the stripping agent and glaze finish.
Finally one day, I got tired of having it take up so much space in the garage and started painting it. I painted the whole thing this cream color with the drawer a black for contrast. Even though it sat unfinished for a couple months in our living room, the children used it quite a bit. After awhile, I got tired of being just too cramped in there, so I took it back out to the garage. By then the finish on the top was quite worn from the kids playing on it and having never been sealed. I really struggled for quite some time deciding how I wanted to finish it, then finally--while tossing ideas around with my mom, we thought of a check pattern. Yes, of course! I've always wanted to try this pattern on a piece, now was the perfect opportunity.
It was actually a lot of fun, even though it took a lot more brain power then just painting it a solid color. Which, by the way, was not working well.
This piece needed some texture and added character.
  I think it turned out perfectly...

I found the beautiful knobs at TJ Maxx Home Goods
 I love the way they look. Just the right touch of class, you think?
A little distressing and two topcoats of acrylic polyeurathane later...
 ...and it was perfect for sitting down to some chilled caffeine free chai tea. ;)
 Just the right treat to top off a successful project.
 Thank you for stopping by. 
Hope you are enjoying these wonderful summer months that seem to just fly by. 


  1. Michele,
    This is such a wonderful and beautiful re love of this piece. Gorgeous.

    1. I just love your visits Kris. You always say the most encouraging things and are such an inspiration! *hugs**!

  2. WOW, it turned out great. Even though you got tired of trying to paint it, it turned out beautiful.

    1. Thank you Mary, it taught me a lot about sticking with it and making the best of what we might think is a horrible situation. ;)

  3. Michele, I just love this...It really turned out great!!! Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much! It was actually a lot of fun to do the design. ;)

  4. You helped me immensely! I have a very loved coffee table that will look much better painted...with your pattern. Thank you! You found a great piece!!

    1. I'm so glad! You completely made my month!I hope you will share what you come up with!!! ;)


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