10.05.2010

The Gardner Coffee Table - Before & After

Before We picked up this chunky little table at a yard sale for $10. Mike spotted it and when I glanced at it I thought "go ahead and grab it for $10". I think if it had even been $11 I would have passed because I was not impressed with it much at all.

AfterLittle did I know it was to become a permanent fixture in our home just a few weeks later. We painted it black and set it in our living room with every intention to sale it. The more I looked at this squared chunky legged base table with the oval platform I just grew to like it more and more.
You see that hutch back there in the yonder. Why I never intended to fall in love with it either when we picked it up. But you never know. I had a follower leave me a comment to tell me she loved my randomness. I had never thought of my home in that way but she was exactly right. I am not one to have everything match. I do like randomness. I like old with new and dressy with casual. I like different pieces pulled together to make a room complete. As you can see this room is not very big and I have had every type of table in here that took up a ton of floor space. I started with a square table and then swapped it out for a round pedestal table. I love pedestal tables but it just did not work in this room. But this table fits in here perfectly! I think the scalloped bottom gives it so much character and flair! Plus I love the additional storage underneath for some of my treasured books with inscriptions gifted to me my family and friends.
I could not be more happy with our table.


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28 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Great transformation - I love it!

Creative Decor by Brooke said...

I'm with you, when I saw the first pic I was like Ummm, no. But, I love how it turned out. It takes talent to look at something and see what it can become.
Love it.
Brooke

KATHY said...

The table looks fantastic...Kathy

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks great melanie, and i am glad you went with black. i love dark coffee tables- ours is espresso colored wood. i just think they give the room weight and anchor it well.

michelle said...

It turned out so beautiful!! You guys always amaze me at what you can do with anything! It looks perfect in your home with all your other random beauties!! I love it! I love mixing old and new as well, that is what makes a house a home!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

and thanks for joining my party!

Marilyn said...

It looks like a perfect fit--aren't you glad you are going to keep it? !! Thanks for sharing your hard work with us. ♥♫

Sharon said...

Such a great table...AFTER your touch of course. Great job! I realy need to learn your tricks to finding these pieces.

kathie said...

The table looks beautiful! I didn't even notice the pretty scalloping detail at the bottom on the 'before' picture, but the black really brought it out. AND you don't have to worry about little ones injuring themselves on any sharp corners, always a plus at our house :) Love it!

Liz said...

Oh its gorgeous, and I am not usually a black furniture liker, however you are changing my mind very quickly!

NanaDiana said...

Melanie- That is soooo darned cute! You are right-it was not much to look at in its "natural" state...but BOY! Slap some black paint on it and WHOA! You gotta piece of pride there, girl! Beautiful! xxoo Diana

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Who would have thought that table would have turned out that great! I love it in black and it has such wonderful features. I love all of your random pieces. It adds to the charm of your home!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Alaina said...

I love how sharp a piece of furniture can look after being painted black. Aside from white I do also have several black pieces of black furniture in my home. Your home is beautiful and I love to see all your befores and afters.

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I'm still trying to figure out how to whistle through the computer at pieces like that. Amazing transformation!
Christa

DW said...

I saw that table when we picked up our bed, and I immediately wanted it. Mike wouldn't budge though. ;)

Diane said...

OMGosh, that is gorgeous! Love how your table turned out Ü

Henna @ AboutCabinets Blog said...

great looking furniture, i really like the combination of black and white furniture, the spacing and the way all the important furniture pieces have been carefully chosen to make the room more organized and tidy with the right amount of cabinets and shelves

Annie's Online Store said...

the fire place is really beautiful, and decorated with small and delicate decor items, i like them all, its never easy to find decor items of your choice when you need them

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

I think it looks really good and just fits right in with everything else.

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

your table looks great! yay for randomness. That suits me too.
thanks for linking up to catch-as-catch-can!
gail

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

love what you did to that sad little table. it looks amazing!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I love it! The distressed black painted furniture is my fave! Great work!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Beautiful table. You did a great job.

teraturnbull said...

How did you get the distressed look on the edges??

Cristie said...

Way cool! I love your blog, you have some great projects. Thanks for sharing.

Becolorful said...

Amazing update and the perfect amount of distressing.
Pam @ beColorful

Laura @ House of Thrifty Decor said...

Love the coffee table make over! I hope you can stop by my blog and show off your project to my readers on my Show Off Sunday Party.

http://houseofthriftydecor.blogspot.com/2010/10/show-off-sunday-party_24.html

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

Wow, what a transformation! Just beautiful. I'd love for you to link up at Texas Monkey for All About You and show this off. http://texasmonkey.blogspot.com/2010/10/all-about-you-monday-link-up_25.html

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