Do you ever see things in magazines or on Pinterest that you think would be a perfect fit for your home, the perfect piece for a room in your house, yet… you know that it just won’t work? That very thing happened to me recently. I wanted something that I knew I just couldn’t have. This is my story of wanting what I couldn’t have and instead, making something I already have work instead.
I love mixing furniture pieces in their original wood state with painted pieces in a room. I also love to mix in a bit of metal into a space. I think that the combination of the three types of furniture finishes provides balance to the room and creates interest by using different textures. My family room is a space that has undergone several small changes lately. All of those small changes are my attempts to finally “finish” the room (although, if you ask Mike, no space in our house is ever “done”). In the family room, I’ve finally found a furniture arrangement that works… finally found a console table to sit behind our sofa… and finally found a chest to hold our television. The only thing I haven’t found? The only thing in the room that doesn’t work? Our coffee table.
There’s actually nothing really wrong with the coffee table… in fact, it actually works quite well in our space. It’s the right size to sit between the sofa and club chair. It’s sturdy enough to stand up to the two little boys that sit on it, race cars on it and beat it up on a daily basis. But… the painted and distressed finish looks out of place now. It doesn’t fit with the painted console table and its mother of pearl knobs. It doesn’t fit with other the wood pieces in the room.
What I would really love to do is replace my old coffee table with something similar to this…
I would love to replace it with something light and airy; something with brass accents and glass shelves. Something beautiful and simple; traditional with a touch of modern. Something completely impractical in a house with a five year old monkey and his eight year old brother.
Reality is that glass and brass is not an option in this house… not unless I want to spend of a lot of time in the ER having glass shards plucked from my children’s hands, feet, etc, etc. Reality is that the coffee table we have functions just fine in the room… it just doesn’t look the way I want it to. So what’s a girl with an impulsive streak and a DIY attitude to do?
Well… this girl grabbed a couple of tubes of Rub ‘n Buff this past weekend and went to town on the legs of that formerly distressed gray coffee table.
Is this a makeover that will appeal to everyone? No way. Getting ready to apply the Rub ‘n Buff to the first table leg, I wasn’t even sure what I thought of my plan. But, I figured that worst case, if I hated the result I was out $5 for a tube of Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold and 1 wasted hour of my weekend time. But… guess what? I don’t hate it! I’m not sure if it’s a forever kind of thing, but let’s be honest… I change paint colors on my furniture like most people change clothes… so I’m okay with making another change down the road.
I love the neutral feeling that the gold gives the table… I love that it blends with the wood grain of the top quite well… love that the gold base picks up on the other metallic accents in the room. Most of all… I love that I have a bit of brassy bling in my family room and that my boys can still sit on that coffee table and roll cars across it and mama doesn’t have to worry.