I have been in this house for just over twenty years. We have a vey large living room, about 28 x 16. Its a nice space, with seven windows, one large archway into the dining room, one doorway into the kitchen, and then of course the front door, also a very large staircase that goes up through the middle of the house. I have wanted a coffee table for many, many, years. However, I am not a fan of the very traditional type. I have considered many over the years, but I never loved anything enough, to commit to it. Since we are getting ready to paint our study, I have been empting out the room and going through things. Moving some pieces of furniture to other rooms, repurposing some, and getting rid of others. I had two desks in the room, a large roll top desk that I bought new, thirty-five years ago, that we moved into a bedroom. And a smaller, oak desk that our computer sat on for nearly eighteen years. When I purchased this desk I paid about $45 dollars for it at a local antique shop. One day this past week while working in the study, I walked in and just stared at that desk………… it was meant to be carried up to the third floor to sit under two windows, but for some reason when the furniture was getting moved around, it was left behind………I just stood there, staring at that desk…….and then, just like that, I saw it………that desk was a coffee table. With just a little work, cutting down the legs, sanding and staining the top, and painting the bottom, this could work. I took a measurement of the desk, and some blue tape, and down to the living room I went to map it out, roughly. I lived with the tape line for a few days. My husband said it looked like a crime scene. I wasn’t sure what he would think, when I told him what I wanted to do, to the desk, he has a weird attachment to some of these old pieces we buy, only the old stuff. And even though he thought I was crazy, he agreed that best case scenario we would get a few more years out of the piece, worst case scenario, I would mess the whole thing up, but it was only $45 dollars and we have had the desk for 18 yrs. So it was worth it. Sometimes you have to take a chance. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, in Paris Grey and then used one coat of clear wax, and one coat of a mixture, 3-parts clear mixed with 1-part dark. I like to thin my dark wax out a lot. Many of you have asked where I get my paint, I order my paint, wax, and brushes, from www.justpaintvt.com they are wonderful to work with and ship there products out promptly.
Here you can see the desk as it started life, as a desk.
We carried it down the steps and placed it over top of the tape line. Just sat there and stared at it for awhile. Then did some measuring, some discussing, maybe a little bickering, just a smidge, and then we flipped it over and I measured and taped where I wanted the legs to be cut off.
Then spent the afternoon, painting. I actually I had several projects going, so I painted until the can of paint was out. Then went to order more paint. Here is the only picture I took before staining the top.
I used Rust-oleum stain in the color, Kuna, and I used there Matt Poly to coat the top as well.
And of course the ideas for styling this table are endless. I’m very pleased with the way the table turned out. In my mind, it was meant to be.
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