Monday, March 3, 2014

Copy Cat Coffee Table

Remember when we used to have all those copy cat challenges out here in blog land? I loved those. I haven't seen one around in a while so I guess I'll just have to make up my own copy cat challenge this morning. I'll call it  Debbie's Copycat Party for One.

Because I've been cheating off someone else's blog paper again,
 and I'm  ready to yak about it.

This time, it's a copy cat coffee table.  
(Try saying that three times fast.)

I gave a little sneak peak of the table in the collage that I posted on Friday. It was a project that I was supposed to finish in the month of February, but I didn't quite make it. March is looking pretty good so far, though. Just three days into the month, and she's basically done.

The inspiration: 
 This table from  The Endearing Home. 


That table has lived in my head for quite a while now. I've just been waiting for  the right one to make over and wasn't willing to settle for something less than perfect.

Right after the first of the year, I ventured into the reStore
 and found this  for a whopping $20.00

Little Miss Perfect


Close enough to perfect for me, anyway. 

Yes, her top was seriously scratched, and yes, one of her drawers was broken.



Her shape was absolutely perfect though, and her wood was really solid.  I loved the shape of her legs and those little nobby things all the way around.  I was also almost positive that there was something really beautiful living under all that scratch and stain on the top, too.


 I was right.



I made my own chalk paint with some Heirloom white because, really, I just wanted a simple white finish on the bottom of this. That's not to say that I don't love the washed finishes, I just didn't want one here.

For now, at least, 


To get the color I wanted for the top, 
I used a base stain of Cabernet and then a second stain of  red mahogany. 


I filled the holes for the knobs and replaced them with just one knob per drawer.  For now, I'm just using the old knobs, darkened with some oil rubbed bronze and espresso.  I'm actually planning to get new knobs entirely, but I stuck these there for now since they were free, and free is my BFF. 



I'm not quite finished with the top. It still lacks (probably just one) coat of  tung oil. I'm trying to behave and wait a good week between the final stain and the finish.  Don't ask me how I know this, but being impatient between coats in a staining project can cause a big old mess and a lot of crying. 

Who has time for mess and crying?


So right now, I'm twiddling my thumbs and staring at her.  


And  thinking about the other furniture adventure I started in February.


 Think I'll get it finished by the end the March?   

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48 comments:

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Oh Debbie, I love, love this table!! That refinished top is GORGEOUS! It's all gorgeous. :) You did a terrific job on it. I wish we lived nearby so you could give me some lessons in re-finishing furniture, because you've re-finished some really nice pieces. I think the white base is perfect with the pretty, stained top, and I bet you'll enjoy this piece for a long time. Great copycat project!!

Thanks for sharing with us -- hope you have a great week.

Denise

Sue said...

I think you may have found your second career - love the table and I am very impressed that you did it yourself! Can't wait to see the chair.

Chatty Crone said...

That was an exquisite make over. You need to be on television! No kidding. Excellent.

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a gorgeous makeover - absolutely perfect!
I'm seriously behind too ( and even making customers wait an abnormal amount of time which is not good lol)
Good luck with the chair it looks like another diamond in the rough!
XOX

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie! This is AH-MAZING!

Great job, girlfriend. Love it! Now, come help me!!!!

xo

Sheila

Kathryn Ross said...

You must have the patience of Job to not take any shortcuts and do everything so expertly! I'm just too lazy, forgive me. I concede to simpler projects that don't require days and days. I like my stuff done in a trice.

I am humbled to see your quality fruit. Hmmmm - inspired.
Joy!
Kathy

Debbiedoos said...

That turned out awesome Debbie. Yes, I was the queen of copy cat parties and I do indeed miss them. I may have to do one for Spring, what do you think? Not sure if anyone would show up though LOL..it's been so long. Very inspiring project you tackled here.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Debbie,
I love it. The top is stunning, and the lines of the table are so beautiful. I think your copy cat only improved on the original.
Nicely done!

Debbie said...

WOW!!! What a transformation, and I totally LOVE it!! Sooo good! That top is just gorgeous. I could have never seen that looking at the original. What an eye you have! Goodness, now I can't wait to see what you do with that chair! FYI, I like your table better than your inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Denise said...

I absolutely LOVE your table. Your creative juices never cease to amaze me. I can't wait to see the finished chair.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, it turned out great! I love the beautiful top! Congrats on a project well done-enjoy:@)

Gaby said...

I am in awe of you. Wow.

Barbara F. said...

Girl, you are so talented. I would have walked past and not even given it a second glance. I t is what the untalented do! sigh. The metamorphosis is incredible. xo

kitty said...

Wow, my friend, that is one gorgeous makeover of a table. The little beading around it really stands out now. I LOVE the two-tone effect. I know it's hard to be patient, but maybe next week you can show us what kind of decor you're going to put on top. I look forward to it!! xo

Elizabeth Dianne said...

Wow, Debbie--I don't know any other superlatives that all the others haven't said but it is just gorgeous.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Debbie, it's beautiful! That finish on the top is gorgeous. I don't care how long it took to finish this project, it was worth it. laurie

Laurie Ritchey said...

BTW, I can't wait to see what you do with that chair. What beautiful lines. laurie

bj said...

Are you kidding me...???
You did this all by yourself...??
Debbie, it is absolutely STUNNING..it looks like a high-end piece after your makeover.
I, too, really miss the copy cat challenges that Debbie Doo used to have. They were so much fun.
Come on...let's both go over and demand she have another one...or two....:)

Vee said...

Oh how pretty! What did you do about the missing drawer?

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

That about took my breath away. I love, love it!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG that is seriously gorgeous and I love the white unshabbied finish and the top is perfect, I say keep the free knobs, they are perfect. Now, what you did not tell us is if the Mr. thought you had lost your mind dragging that home and how he ate his words lol!

The chair....We will have to wait and see!

Carol

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i was thinking of you the other day when i set my dinning room table. it was a real blast. nothing fancy just a bit of this & that. the hubby came home to wonder what was going on? who was coming to visit? it was too funny!! have a great week. ( :

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Debbie, this is gorgeous! It would work perfectly in the old farmhouse that lives in my mind. The details are wonderful, and the top is amazing! Can't wait to see what you do with the chair. :-) It currently looks like a little sister to the undressed Victorian fainting couch sitting in my garage. All I know is that I won't get mine finished by the end of March. I won't even race you. I concede...

xinex said...

Wow! I am just impressed with your refinishing capabilities. This is so perfect, so beautiful! Your living room is very pretty, so comfy and homey. So glad I got a glimpse of it.....Christine

Scribbler said...

This is a beautiful piece that you have turned out. I can't believe the difference. Projects like this are always my favorites.

Mrs.Rabe said...

This is fabulous! I seriously love it. What a great look. I have been toying with the idea of doing something similar to my end tables which are mission style. Now I have lots to think about, but first all the bedrooms are going to be switched around, as far as who sleeps in which room! So excited about this!

Deanna

Gayle said...

Love this! I'm totally impressed.

elizabeth said...

It's perfect! You did a great job and I love it!

Ann said...

Debbie! OM goodness! I am so impressed at how well it came out! You really do have a knack for refinishing...and an eye to see a wreck of a piece and visualize what it can be! I also like the wood and white look...and could use something just like that in my family room.

I'd love to go shopping with you sometime. I might learn what NOT to buy!

Cheers!

Alycia Nichols said...

HOW DO YOU DO THIS?!??!! Seriously, little lady...this is nothing short of a miracle that has been performed here!! And if you can pull off making that chair look like new, I'm going to want to touch the hem of your garment! :-) Gosh...it's unbelievable! You have really deep vision AND patience...qualities that completely elude me in every way! I bow to you, woman of great power and skill!

Kelley said...

A.
MAAAAAAZING!

WHOA, you do excellent work! I love it Debbie!

Hugs and happy highways, and thanks for the prayers. We're flying to Los Angeles today from Majuro, RMI.
Kelley~

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Red Couch Recipes said...

Debbie, it is so classic and beautiful! You did a wonderful job! Joni

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous table and a fantastic finish, can't believe the top was under all that!!

Candace

Sharon said...

Debbie, honestly, you are so talented! I would love to take a class from you - teaching me how to refinish furniture. Seriously. I am fascinated by how you transform these oldies (but evidently goodies) into something breathtakingly elegant and sophisticated. This might just have been your very best effort.

You're my hero - you know that, right?!

Merlesworld said...

Lovely finish you have done well.
Merle...........

Sue said...

What a beautiful job you did Debbie, do you hear me clapping. I love to refinish furniture and see results like this. Dh has moved some old furniture from the barn to our garage for me to work on and just as soon as the weather breaks I will be refinishing them, I take lots of photos of my projects and never post them, as I have gone on to another one. Now I am going to copy cat your coffee table,~smile~ Thanks for sharing.
Sue

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love how it turned out, what a fabulous find and I love the turned legs to. That chair is going to be fabulous, can't wait to see it also.
Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Sonja Goodson said...

There is just something so rewarding about turning a frog into a prince! You have done it in spades!! Great job!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow I love to see the difference you made, pure talent....great

Angel said...

Wow Debbie! You truly have a wonderful gift for taking a diamond in the rough and making it sparkle. This is amazing! And I can't wait to see what you do with that chair. :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie, you know how I am and how I cannot stand to not to be able to tell you how great that Bible lesson was today. So I am over here saying it. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome Analogy!

Love you,

Sheila

Barbara Neubeck said...

...WOW /.... I can only echo what everyone else has said Debbie...... an amazing piece of restoration.....
you have a lot of talent....
Hugs and blessings ...
Barb xxxx

corners of my life said...

Great restore from the Restore.
Who doesn't love cabernet red mahogany?

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I love what you did with that table!! It looks absolutely stunning! Good job!

Funny you mentioned The Endearing Home - I love her decorating even though she uses colors I don't (except for the black and buffalo checks) - she has a way with putting things together that I really love.

Mary Keels said...

Wow! That was an amazingly beautiful redo. I love your new coffee table!

Cihanin Bahcesi said...

sevgilerimi birakmak istedim:))))

Sharlotte said...

Wow, wow, wow! What a makeover!! I like the white, it makes the details really stand out! And the TOP!! The stained wood is gorgeous, love the pattern!

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