April 29, 2013

Barn Wood Coffee Table & Living Room Makeover: Part 1

I live in a world of brown.
My couch is brown, my floor & walls are brown, the chair & ottoman are brown, my TV stand is brown....you get the idea. I need white with pops of color in my life and I have decided it should start in my living room.
The first thing we decided to work on was the coffee table. Yes, the top is brown but I made up for it with other things in the room.

 I saw a coffee table makeover from City Farmhouse and knew that was the look I wanted. She used an Ikea coffee table and stained and aged wooded boards to give it a worn farmhouse look. 

I loved the look but I didn't want to spend $40 on lumber and I didn't want to take the time to age wood.

My husband and I were in the city one day and saw a pile of old barn wood. We fit as much as we could in our van and started brainstorming what we would do with it. 
We talked about building a patio table.
We talked about making a bench for our entry way. 
It was such a great find that I didn't want to use it until we knew for sure what we wanted to do with it.

A light bulb came on and the old barn wood is now the top of our coffee table.

I bought this coffee table at Goodwill for $7. Over a two year period I painted it a pretty greenish blue, then a light gray and then turquoise. I hated the turquoise!
I painted the table white and had my hubby add the barn wood to the top.

The boards are tongue and groove boards so they fit like a puzzle.
My husband cut the boards so they over-lapped the edge of the table, fit the pieces together and screwed them in place.

As I mentioned brown has taken over my house. I've said it before.....it looks like Mr. Potato Head threw-up all over my living room (and probably other areas too).
Yes, there is still brown in this space but this is only part 1 of this living room transformation.

this table was also a light gray and I put a quick coat of yellow to brighten it up.

I really wanted a custom slipcover for my brown couch but I can't sew and I didn't want to pay $400 plus to have someone make one.

Overall, I like the slipcover. It takes looking at pictures to see how you didn't tuck all of the fabric. Oh well!
I have been sleeping on the couch lately (all pregnancy related) and there is hardly a wrinkle when I get up. That fact alone makes me love this slipcover.

Want to know where everything came from?
I found the yellow pillows at World Market for $12.99 each
The woven tray is from World Market $19.99
Slipcover from Target $99
Rug is from Target  (bought 2 years ago)
The black and white photos were taken by Dan's grandfather so they are very special to us.
The other pieces on the gallery wall are pieces I collected and stored for doing this project and the 4 small colored prints are from a trip we took to D.C.

We have started looking at wall colors so that will be included in part 2.
We have a one-sided vaulted ceiling and a large open room so I'm a little worried about how to blend the rooms together without it all being one color. Suggestions?

What projects are you working on?
Has brown taken over your house....or are you a fan of brown?
I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment here or on my facebook page (click here).

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  2. You have a beautiful living room! Loving the coffee table.

  3. you have done a great job on the table. your living room sure is coming along nicely.
    Bec x

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  5. You have such a great room! :)I love that table...it looks fantastic!

  6. I really love what you did with that coffee table so pretty. That yellow end table is great too, love the knob. Things are looking good!


  7. Very cute! Great job:) I love the citron yellow/mustard pillows and side table too - cute room!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  8. Love it!! So cool how you found all that wood!!!
    I also love your space, especially your wall art!!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  9. Love the coffee table, it look amazing. Your room is stunning, so fresh and inviting. I would love it if you would link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  10. Ooooh I love it! And it has so much character now. Great job ;)

  11. What a beautiful table! Thanks so much for sharing it at last week's Monday Funday link party... we will be featuring it tomorrow!

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  12. Oh wow, your coffee table is beautiful and has me thinking about a table I have that needs a makeover! Love the yellow tables and pillows too! Just a really pretty room!

  13. Love it! I love stories like this. Great find. Great idea. Fabulous results!

  14. LOVE the coffee table and how you are lightening things up!
    Can't wait to see more!

  15. Love it! You did a great job!

  16. Love how you finished the top of your coffee table ~ very cool!

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  20. I Love them!! This is exactly what I want to do with My Coffee Table..Thanks for sharing !

  21. You have very nice looking coffee tables. I'll make one for my living room, too.

  22. I love the finished look! Did you use an excalibur scroll saw for this project at all?

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