Posts tagged ‘coffee table’

Coffee Table Makeover: Rock Star Ruby

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.

March 9, 2010 at 9:22 AM 7 comments

Debutante Dumpster Dives

I don’t know what is a worse admission – the fact that I was a debutante or the fact that I dumpster dove. To be truthful, I think that I get out of both admissions; therefore, the title may be a bit sensationalist. You see, I was a debutante when I was a Senior in high school. I’m now almost 30 and married; I think I have sufficiently been presented to society. Therefore, I believe the title of debutante is no longer relevant. I also did not exactly dive into the dumpster. As my siblings can attest, I have never been able to dive off of or into anything properly. I merely found a coffee table beside a dumpster and one of the legs had fallen off of it. I then opened the lid of the dumpster to see if more goodies were inside but none were to be found. Finally, my strong husband carried someone else’s trash into our apartment. So therefore, he is the one who “dove”. Those are the details and here is the coffee table…


I’m thinking of painting the top chevron style, decor8 blog was the inspiration. There is a tutorial on how to paint chevron style at Sunset Magazine. If you click on the photo below, it will direct you to their site.

Lesson learned: Someone else’s trash is my treasure.

February 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM 2 comments


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