Furniture Makeovers

Coffee Table Makeover in White with Three-Way Function

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What an exciting day!  It’s the first furniture makeover reveal of 2016 from the DIY Furniture Girls.  The DIY Furniture Girls is a group of bloggers that specializes in furniture makeovers and who come together once a month to share their take on a monthly theme.  This month’s theme is Shades of White.

DIY Furniture Girls January Themed Challenge - Shades of White | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Honestly, at first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this theme.  You see, I don’t do much white furniture in my home, but after this challenge, I really should do more.  As I made progress, it occurred to me that, by using the right color of white, the lighter and brighter lift from adding a white piece is really the bomb diggity.  And, the finished piece goes great with the other colors throughout the main floor.  Well, shut the front door!  What took me so long?

Here’s how the magic happened:

I started with this sturdy frame that measures 24-inches square.  My hub’s father made it in the 1960’s and it had been stored in a pole barn for at least 15 years.  Words cannot describe how dirty it was.  Let’s just say it looked like it had been dipped in chocolate (dirt) and rolled in fine coconut (spider webs).

Coffee table makeover starts with a sturdy frame | DIY Furniture Girls January Theme - Shades of White | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

After a thorough cleaning with soap and water followed by a good sanding to remove the splitting coat of shellac, a bottom was cut out of 3/4-inch thick MDF.  Photo #1 illustrates the large gap that occurred from the cuts.  To rectify this problem, lattice molding (Photo #2) was cut to slide along the edges and cover the gaps.  The molding was glued to the MDF (Photo #3) and then gaps were sealed with caulk and wood putty.  Weights were set on the molding (Photo #4) until all of the glue, caulk, and wood putty was dry.Coffee table makeover - Step 1 - Add a sturdy bottom with trim | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comOnce the lattice molding was dry, the entire top was resanded, touched up with more wood putty, allowed to dry, and then resanded again.  The last step was to prime and then paint the entire piece with two coats of chalk paint made with SW Dover White latex paint.  This was when the first checkerboard disappeared (#epicfail) and a new checkerboard with a different design appeared in its place (#score!). 

***Please leave a comment if you’d like a post explaining how the checkerboard was painted***

Coffee table makeover in white chalk paint with aqua accents | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The result is sort of a rustic-modern table with a beachy vibe.  And, we love it…….as a serving table… 

Coffee table makeover in white chalk paint as a serving table | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

………game table…..

Coffee table makeover in white chalk paint as a game table| The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

…..hello Tedmeister…..

A coffee table makeover in white chalk paint is accented with an aqua checker/chess board | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

…….or sitting table.  And, yes, I sewed that little cushion, too.

***Please leave a comment if you’d like a post explaining how the cushion came together***

Coffee Table Makeover in White with Three-Way Function | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The Dover White color with faded aqua accents works so well with the rich colors in the other fabrics.  In fact, Dover White is the color the walls are painted in the sunroom and parts of the main floor.

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Because of the color continuity, this little table can do three-way duty in almost any room of the house.  

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Indoor/Outdoor Three-Way Function| The Chelsea Project| www.thechelseaproject

It’s a great way to make hardworking furniture work even harder.  And, for the furniture in rooms to be adjusted based on need.

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Indoor/Outdoor Three-Way Function - Full view from the sunroom| The Chelsea Project| www.thechelseaproject

But, until spring, this little treasure will likely be stationed out by the fire……shoring up a checker challenge from the Tedmeister….or simply relaxing…..with a cup of hot tea.

Coffee Table Makeover in White Chalk Paint with Three-Way Function | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you enjoyed this little makeover, I’d be honored for you to share any of the photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.  The sharing icons are over the photos and at the bottom of the page.  Thanks so much!

And, for Shades of White eye-candy to the max, have a look at what the girls did with the theme.

 

 

 

 

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Also sharing with these great parties:

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61 Comments

  • Reply paulasweetpea January 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

    You created such a useful piece and it’s great that you could rescue something from the barn to do so. I’ll have to admit that I admired your table but once I saw your outdoor fireplace, my focus shifted. You have a great spot to enjoy outdoors.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much, Paula. It’s amazingly versatile..which is terrific for our lifestyle. XOXO

  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces January 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

    What a sweet piece, Susie! I love the function and style. Oh, and BTW, your patio is GORGEOUS!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Thanks a million, Larissa!! Funny story how that patio happened to be. Huuuum. Maybe a post for Spring. .

  • Reply jeanie749 January 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    What a cute table! I love how it’s multifunctional.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks so much, Jeanie. Around here, everything has to pull double…or triple….duty.

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl January 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I love all the functions and that outdoor space is STUNNING!!!!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Lindsay. You make me blush! Appreciate your kind words so much!

    • Reply Clever Blonde - Donna G January 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      ditto. both gorgeous.

      • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 3:11 pm

        Thanks so much!! More patio ideas are coming as we move closer to Spring. Hope to see soon then.

  • Reply Wendi @ H2OBungalow January 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Super makeover and love the functionality too! Sitting outside in that beautiful area and playing checkers would be such a treat! Of course, you guys may want to wait until it warms up…like a lot! Great job:)

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Haha! Yep. It was really cold and windy, but so much fun to have a sunny day! We had a blast taking the photos. Thanks so much for your kind words! Appreciate much! XO

  • Reply Amy @ Highstyle Restyle January 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    If I was on that patio, I’d never want to leave! Luckily, you’ve created such a sweet place to rest your feet, a drink or anything else! Lovely AND functional makeover!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Lol..Thanks so much, Amy! Come on over and sit for a while. We will roll out the red carpet for you! Hot tea if it’s cold and sweet tea on ice if it’s hot! XOXO

  • Reply michelle james January 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    It turned out amazing! I love thay made the cushion too so it can serve dual purpose!! Just lovely!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Michelle. Love hearing from you! XOXO.

  • Reply christykjames January 21, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    What a great use of this little table/bench and the cushion is a perfect fit! You did such a great job with it all. LOVE that outdoor entertaining area!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks, Christy! We are loving our little table! XOXO

  • Reply Kathy Owen January 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Well, this piece is just bomb diggity! You are one awesome diy’er Susie. Your photography is top notch too.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! I wanted to make you glad for the invite! Appreciate you and your sweet comments so much!! XOXO

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista January 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    First off, your photography is beautiful! Second, your patio is AMAZING – I’ll be over for some hot chocolate and a game of checkers soon.☺ The coffee table/gametable/bench looks great! You did an awesome job with this makeover and how cool that it has some sentimental value too.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks, Marie! Come over any time you like!! The patio is always open for hot chocolate and chats!

  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home January 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I need to make one of these for here and the beach house!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Christy! Let me know if I need to do another run to the pole barn. Lol!!

  • Reply Bre January 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    What a cute little table! And so special about it’s history!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks, Bre!! appreciate much!

  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch January 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Susie,
    Your project has just the right amount of color sneaking out of the white. Your styling is rock solid. I would love to take a class from you. By the way could the Tedster build me that fireplace? LOL
    Happy Creating XXOO,
    Karen Marie

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Lol! Karen…you crack me up! Thanks so much! You are so generous. I appreciate it so very much! And, yes…the Tedmeister is waiting for his checker challenge with you! XOXOXO

  • Reply Jen @ Girl in the Garage January 21, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, such a great upcycle! I love the versatility in this piece – and I love your patio! <3 Thanks for joining our fun group!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 21, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Jen! It means so much! We love the space and especially our little “versi-table”…. Looking so forward to next month!

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts January 22, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Fantastic makeover! I love it with and without the cushion. And your patio is STUNNING!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Awww, Amy, you’re so sweet to me. Thank you so much! I must admit that we do love our little table. The guys drag it around everywhere….indoors and outdoors. Thanks again!

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise January 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    Susie your outdoor space looks like something out of a magazine! And your table turned out fantastic. You sure have an eye for mixing patterns and colors and for styling my dear!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Lucy! You are so encouraging! Love you for it! XOXO

  • Reply Helen Holley January 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Great job with the moulding, cushion, and
    All of it! You’ve created a beautiful blog!
    Helen Holley

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks, Helen. Appreciate your stopping by and enjoying this project with me. More patio ideas will be coming as we get closer to Spring.

  • Reply jeanettecountrydesignstyle January 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    What a fabulous patio! It took me awhile to start adding white to our cabin too. Now I love it. Very creative use of a family treasure.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Jeanette. I’m so happy this challenge took me out of my comfort zone! Loving the addition of white!!

  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog January 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    How beautiful. I love the three way repurpose and you made the cushion the right colors so it will coordinate with everything. Now, I’m coming over for some hot chocolate, I love that fireplace!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Anytime! The door is always open!! I’d be thrilled to have you come by!! Thanks for visiting the blog and your kind words about the outdoor patio. XOXO

  • Reply artsychicksrule January 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Oh, I love it!! and the cushion is perfect….oh and so is the spot!! How cozy. 🙂
    xoxo
    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 22, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Nancy!! I’d surely live to have you over to enjoy the fire!

  • Reply Shanna Gilbert January 23, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Such a sweet little piece! I love the history that goes with it! You really used your creativity on this one!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 23, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Thanks, Shanna. I do love a piece that tells a story. Appreciate your kind words very much!

  • Reply Terry January 26, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    What a great idea for your table! I absolutely love the space you created … soooo welcoming! Great styling!
    Smiles!
    Terry

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Terry,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet and encouraging comment. It is such a pleasure to share the space and the table makeover with you. XO, Susie

  • Reply Happy Happy Nester January 27, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Susie,
    What a great project. I love your outdoor fireplace, the whole space is gorgeous! Ok, I’m a HUGE fan of Twinning’s London, Earl Grey tea! Let’s do tea!

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much!! I’d love to have you visit. Threre’s no better place to relax and chat than by the fire with a cup of hot tea.

  • Reply Maria @ Pastels & Macarons January 27, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Love this little makeover! You did a great job!! Well done and I love the teddy playing chess! hehe. SO cute. My 2.5 year old and 15 month old would LOVE him and go crazy over him 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 27, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Maria, Thanks so much! The Tedmeister loves the littles. I think they would all be great friends. XO, Susie

  • Reply theevelvetglove January 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I love this! How creative.

    • Reply theChelseaProject January 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much! Appreciate your visit and sweet comment.

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  • Reply Mary-RealGirlsRealm (@maryharne) February 5, 2016 at 11:43 am

    What a cute table! I love pieces that are multi-functional!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 5, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much! I have found more ways to use it since the post. Love versatile pieces, too!!

  • Reply thistlewoodfarm March 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    What a clever, clever idea! I love furniture that lives large!

    You go girl!

    karianne

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, Karianne!

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