Coffee Table Makeover: Rock Star Ruby

March 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM 7 comments

As I mentioned yesterday, I did some painting this weekend. Remember the “Debutante Dumpster Dives” post? Graham and I found a coffee table lying in our back alleyway. It was so sad. Luckily, we rescued the poor coffee table. Then I set about sanding, priming and painting the beauty. It is all finished and it is up on Craigslist now. I’m not selling the coffee table on ETSY because the shipping costs would be out of control. The table is made from solid wood and it is heavy!!

Here is the before shot:

Such a sad and slightly disgusting table.

And after…

I decided to go with red to get this table out of its funk. I’ve named this table “Rock Star Ruby” for the obvious reason that rubies are red. However, the more important reason I’ve named it Ruby is because that is my cousin’s daughter’s name and she is a rock star! She was the flower girl in my wedding. Love to you, Ruby.

I was originally going to paint a chevron pattern on the top of the table but I restrained myself. I think it would have been too much. What do you think?

I also recovered a lamp shade over the weekend. It wasn’t a perfect job but I learned so much from my mistakes. Once I’ve perfected covering shades, I hope to add lampshades to my ETSY site.

That’s all the projects for now; it’s time for more treasure hunting.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. michelle @ blissful musings  |  March 9, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Love the new red table! Also the lampshade is darling! I’m new to your blog but really like it! Now I need to go check out your Etsy shop!

    • 2. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:52 PM

      Thank you! I’m so happy you like my blog. Thanks for reading and for taking a look at my ETSY site!!

  • 3. Kristen  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Can you please refinish my dining room table and chairs when you move home? It’s like 50 years old and needs a face lift!

    • 4. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:51 PM

      I would love to! I love how old furniture can be transformed.

  • 5. Glynnis  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    red is good – wise decision I think to omit the chevron pattern!

    • 6. katecollinsinteriors  |  March 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM

      Thank you! I just kept thinking of something my dad always used to say, “A true artist knows when to stop.” I don’t know that I’m a true artist but I was able to practice some restraint.

  • 7. Beatrice Olivia Blake  |  March 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Love the red table. And, I’d go for that rug over the boots. Spring is almost here and who wants to wear boots then? The rug can move from one apartment to another.


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