Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Ugly Duckling: Refinishing a '70s Coffee Table
I'm starting a new feature here at This is Beige. I'm calling it "Ugly Duckling" and it is inspired by the thrift store next to my daughter's swimming lesson. I have 45 minutes to kill three times a week so I decided to try to find the ugliest item I could find and challenge myself to making it cool, or at least not as uncool.
8-year-old Max went with me and immediately spotted the winner: a $6.99 coffee table that screamed "Choose Me!"
The first thing I did with this table was saw off the legs, which are made of turned wood and look antique-y. Better already. I then grabbed my trusty can of black spray paint, the essential ingredient in most of my budget remodels, and painted it.
The top of the table has some pretty deep scratches so I needed something to put over them. I found a cool technique where you paint the back of a piece of glass and it makes a really cool looking tabletop/tile/backsplash. I went on eBay and ordered a round disc of plexiglass but when it came it was black! Stupid seller! So I went back to the listing to complain and the word "black" was written all over the description. How was I supposed to know? Stupid seller.
So I've now got a black disc; put it on the table and it actually looks better. I'm posting this now to ask for your help: what do you think? Good enough, or does it need something more?