Painting a Coffee Table

Making a slipcover for a sectional might not be the easiest sewing project, but i am a big fan of removable covers on sofas.

My spousal unit is a huge fan of James Bond movies (aren’t all men?). Whenever there is a Bond Marathon on TV he sits there for hours watching the same movies he already knows by memory.

When he started working for his company years ago they assigned him a mail code. It was 006. It’s become an inside joke for us.

By the way, that is the reason I tackle so many things on my own. My husband’s job requires him to travel a lot, so lucky him that he got himself a wife that knows her way around a power drill.

Every time my dear husband goes on a trip he finds a home full of surprises, the most pleasant of which is, I assume, that I got around to complete some of the things on his honey-do list while he is cavorting in exotic locales.

Well, not so much cavorting as just finding his way around red tape, unreliable schedules and hard airport seats.

The coffee table needed painting, and as it turns out, it wasn't as difficult as i thought. Here's what i did.

This is the coffee tableIr? T=dominicanccom 20&l=as2&o=1&a=b001u8868o (affiliate link) we got from Amazon. I like the design, not to mention that the size was perfect for the narrow spot near the sectional. But if you are thinking that this table looks different than the one in my pictures, you are right.

You can see here the color of our floor. It’s a very dark brown, even darker than the table. I am on a quest to balance the heaviness of that floor, so I decided that the table had to stand out more.

And there were other issues too.

The coffee table needed painting, and as it turns out, it wasn't as difficult as i thought. Here's what i did.

The coffee table needed painting, and as it turns out, it wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Here’s what I did.

I have nobody to blame but myself for marring the top of the table. I dropped some nail polish remover on it and it dissolved the stain on top. But the table had also suffered some damage during shipping, the top part was cracked along the edge, the damage was too visible to leave alone, and fixing it (with glue, then putty) would not have hidden them.

I partially disassembled the table to remove the lower part. and painted the top and lower part with white enamel paint using a foam roller.

The coffee table needed painting, and as it turns out, it wasn't as difficult as i thought. Here's what i did.

I decided to leave the “legs” unpainted for two reasons. First because I wanted the contrast of the two finishes, and second because painting the legs would not have resulted in as good a finish with a roller.

The coffee table needed painting, and as it turns out, it wasn't as difficult as i thought. Here's what i did.

And here’s the table finished. I like it much better now, not to mention that the enamel finish is tougher than the one it came with.

PS: While Pennywise was an insane clown from a horror movie, I want to make absolutely clear that I am not a clown.

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10 Comments

  1. I just painted some bookshelves with gray enamel paint and I love the durable finish! I hadn't thought of using it on a table surface, but I am glad to see that it has worked for you. Great idea for restoring your table to an attractive look!

  2. I've stumbled upon your blog a couple of times in the past week and now I'm hooked. I love it! You have so many good ideas. And you take wonderful pictures, too : )

  3. Lana Mango says:

    @ AbbyMuch as I'd like to take credit for that, it is from the movie (and SNL sketch) The Coneheads.

  4. Spousal unit. Haha, love it!This is just fabulous, I love the legs in the timber, it really gives it that little something extra.Best make-over I've seen in ages.

  5. Always such a clever cookie! I fancy the Pinzon Medallion rug too, it would be perfect for your home.

  6. Lana Mango says:

    @ Kimberly:That tray is from a sushi serving set that I had in my box of food photography props.

  7. Love the table! I have to ask – where did you get the tray for your remotes? I have been looking for one, myself.

  8. Modista Modesta says:

    That truly does give a better balance. I don't like horror anything so I would not have known about pennywise the horrible clown! – But I do know 006 – Love James Bond movies!

  9. The table looks fantastic way better than what it looked like earlier.Not that it looked bad then, but this is a definite improvement.

  10. Love the table makeover – the white finish with the dark legs makes it, much better than if all white – I think.I love Bond! I actually love the books more than the films, I read the books as a teenager (and fantasized about becoming an international woman of mystery!) and only became aquainted with the films later on.

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