DIY: Adding Glam to a Vintage Coffee Table

I haven’t taken on an interior design project in quite a long time. Many years actually. When a friend called recently requesting my services for a late 1940’s Tudor-style home in South Carolina, I couldn’t say no. Tudors are my favorite type of home. Full of character and surprises! We’ve just completed a full bathroom and kitchen renovation and the home is coming along great. I hope to share the finished project with you in the next few months. I’m so excited!

Shopping around in Charleston last week I found the most amazing coffee table at Page’s Thieves Market. My client’s style is very Hollywood Glam so the elaborate white table base was perfect. It just needed a little bling. Using Rub n’ Buff (gold leaf), my new favorite product, it instantly went from a boring white to a dazzling metallic gold.


Rub n’ Buff if very easy to use. Just wipe on a little at a time using a dry cloth onto a porous material. Buff with the cloth until it has the sheen that you want. That’s it! Check out the Before/After below.





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DIY: A Console for a Small Space

I have a really small dining room. So small that my area rug is 5 feet-by-5 feet. Nonetheless, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect storage buffet and with such specific needs, it’s no surprise that I never found it. Those specific needs you ask?
  1. If it has doors they need to be sliding doors (or have none at all).
  2. It can’t be ugly or deeper than 12 inches.
  3. I need it to have a bit of storage.
  4. I don’t want a natural wood finish.
  5. I prefer a modern style.
  6. The list goes on…

So far everything readily available has not worked, until now.

I started thinking outside-the-box and realized I needed to repurpose something if I wasn’t willing to pay a professional to build something for me. While shopping for other reasons, I was inspired by the Carlson Tower at CB2. It’s perfect size and price got me thinking. Let’s turn it on it’s side. Table legs are easy to get, and I ordered four of these 24 inch hairpin legs online. For kicks, I got a quote to see how much it would be to plate each leg in a satin brass. It would be $175 each, so I decided to skip it.  (*but can always do it later!)  
Tools needed:
  • Screw gun
  • Steel drill bit
  • Machine screws, bolts & flat washers
  • Paper or painter’s tape 
Optional tools (but not tested for this project):
  • Right angle drill
  • Counter sink bit
  1. Place legs and trace holes with a marker
  2. Tape over the marks.  *Tape will prevent the drill from slipping and sliding off your mark, avoiding major scratches.  It’s going to be the bottom, but why not keep it pretty?
  3. Attach the legs with screws, bolts & washers. Tighten with a wrench.

One not-so-great detail is this one. I didn’t have a right angle drill, so I wasn’t able to counter sink the screws.  It’ll work for now.

 Voilà! The perfect sized console for a small dining space.

DIY: Easy Peasy Coffee Tabletop

This DIY is long overdue since I’ve been enjoying my coffee table now for many months. I found this Danish-style coffee table base at a thrift store for 25 dollars. I almost passed on it since the top was missing, but for such a small amount of money, I had to buy it!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do for the tabletop. Should I have glass cut or even have a custom wood tabletop made? My mind was spinning at all of the possibilities. Then my Dad suggested that we just make a wood top ourselves. Well of course we should! So one Saturday morning, we gathered some materials and made a tabletop. It turned out perfectly!

Here are the materials:
Wood Slab
Wood Stain
80-120 Grit Sandpaper
Electric Jigsaw
Safety Glasses
The proper way to draw the curved edges is probably to use a compass. I didn’t have a compass on hand at my parents house so I made two markings on a paint can, then lined those points to the edges of the wood. It worked perfectly! Next, put on those safety glasses and cut the curved edges using a jigsaw.
With sandpaper, smooth the edges and both sides of the wood. Once complete, wipe down the wood with a damp cloth and let dry.
With a brush, paint on the first coat of stain going with the grain. 
Wipe off excess using a cloth. Let first coat dry and then give it a once over with the sandpaper again. Remove any dust with a cloth and then apply second coat of stain.
Once you’re satisfied with the darkness of the stain, sit it outside to let dry. The next day I added 2 coats of polyurethane in a satin finish and let the top completely dry for 48 hours. I then fixed the top to the base with small brass bench anchors.
My new coffee table and I then drove from Louisiana back to Dallas…
and voila! Here’s the lovely table in action.
 Thanks to my Dad for his expert help! xoxo
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