June 15, 2011

Turning Modern to Vintage: End Tables

Remember how I said I have about a ga-jillion projects going?
Well make it a ga-jillion and four :)

Me and little man ran down to the fantastic Goodwill like four seconds from the house and SCORED.
Two gorgeous coffee tables, one end table and two wooden stools that I'm going to show you soon :)

Yay for a good Goodwill day.

So, when we got new wood floors, I picked out a GORGEOUS dark wood laminate.
I'm not a huge fan of the light colored wood so I just knew it had to be chocolate-y.
We found a great dark color with chocolate knots and detailing and it just makes me happy every time I see it.

But when we put it in our blue living room, the room felt so...dark to me.
It was a big transition going from our light carpet to the dark floors.
So of course, I had it out for the dark pieces of furniture.

Like these two lovelies:

We actually bought these at Bed Bath and Beyond when we first moved into the house.
I love them lots but they are in the living room we use the most, so they've gotten...loved.
Plus they were sitting next to the brown couch which now sits on the dark brown floors...

So brightening them was a must!

I used my Pottery Barn Cream color that I ADORE and gave them both several coats of it.

I dry-brushed some glaze randomly on it because this was the day when my glaze just didn't want to work.
But I liked it better anyway because it didn't get darkened all over.
Then I lightly sanded the edges to have that pretty dark wood show through.

I'm kind of obsessed with crates and ammo boxes lately and love all the stamped words and numbers on them.
So I decided to add military-esque letters to them.
Hubby thinks it sounds like a fierce weapon...but I'm not that cool.

M is hubby's first initial, followed by how old he was when we got married and the day- 19 and 7.
Sorry hon, it's kinda sentimental.

I loved the distressed look that the glaze gave the table.

And of course, I had to add my initial and numbers to the other table...

This table got the same treatment- painted, glazed and sanded.
I also gave them a good coat of Polycrylic since they are so...loved.

Don't they just pop against the floor now?

I'm kind of in love with them.
And pretty obsessed with that pottery barn cream color I got for five bucks :)

One last look...
modern to a faux-vintage.

Have B,B & B tables ever looked so good?


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  1. Hey Kelsey,

    I just happened to stumble on your blog as I was looking for cute idea to do with my end tables in our music room. I LOVE the color and everything that you have chosen with these and how they turned out! The stencil of the letter and numbers is such a cute touch and I love that they have meaning and are not just random! Thank you for sharing this on your blog! I am totally inspired! Looks like i'll be making a trip to pottery barn soon! :)

  2. What a great little table. I love how it looks with the blue wall:) I'm a new follower!

  3. They turned out really cute! Fabulous job and like the added touch with the stencils. Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party!

  4. They look awesome!!!! I love the letters on it as well! Thank you for sharing these at my link party!
    Simply Creations Link Party

  5. I love letters or numbers on pretty much anything--it just gives them some pizzazz! Love your cute tables.

  6. Wonderful transformation! They turned out great!!

  7. I love how they turned out. They really do pop on that dark floor. Great job with these. I need to find a Goodwill store near us.

  8. Completely LOVE this idea! The numbers set it off so perfectly and I love that personal touch! Great job! Thank you SO much for linking up to WWWW!


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