One thing always leads to another

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Sometimes when you have a piece that you just can’t part with, you find a way to repurpose it.  I needed a new coffee table, but just didn’t have the money to buy the large scale table I wanted for my family room.   The problem was that we have very 2 large couches that literally fit all 7 of us while watching a movie or favorite sporting event and our round coffee table just didn’t look right. (Btw, my couches are the greatest investment EVER! ) Anyway, be prepared, sometimes when you find that right piece you want to change your whole room :/

 

I started shopping in my own house, something I often do before heading out to a store, for something that would work as my coffee table.  I started thinking about this beautiful, old farm table sitting under my deck that I occasionally used, but it was very weathered and beat up after years of sitting outside.  I knew it had potential, I was just hoping it was still in good enough shape to be usable.  I cleaned it off outside and it was still sturdy, but very dirty and and stained with mildew.  I brought it in anyway and started getting to work right away.

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I scrubbed the table numerous times with hot, soapy water letting it dry in between so I was able to see where it still needed cleaning and when it was ready to go I began sanding it. I then added Howard Feed-n-Wax Wood Polish from Walmart because my table was sooooo dried out it needed something to bring the wood back to its natural beauty.  This product worked great! When the sanding was complete, I cut the legs off the farm table to make it the height of a coffee table.  It was really coming along, but it was too dark for my family room, so I went to my paint supply, picked out some leftover white paint and began to lighten up my new coffee table.

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When everything was done and I was loving my coffee table, I ended up HATING my beadboard behind my TV.  OK, this is what I was talking about…..I loved my new coffee table, but everything just seemed off and I couldn’t stand the color of the beadboard or the look of it.  I lived with it for a couple months, I scanned Pinterest for some inspiration, then when I had some extra cash, I headed to Lowe’s and found Timberwall Landscape Arctic White Wall Planks.  Each box was $60 so I left with 4 boxes.  I have never used them before or have known anyone that has, but I was excited for a change.  I brought them home, and with the help of my husband we had a new family room in 5 hours.  we took a couple breaks, but it was actually fun!  I would pick the layout and he would cut them into the right lengths.  Then you just stick them to the wall! (Beware, once they are in place they are pretty much not coming off.)  I would recommend laying the planks out on the floor so you know how they will look when they are on your wall.They have 2 different thicknesses that creates a cool texture on the wall.

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I must say I was truly thrilled with the outcome and when it was all said and done, I could have bought a new coffee table for the price of the Timberwall Planks, but my family room needed some updating and I’m so happy with it. 😉

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Thanks for checking it out!

HOUSE+LOVE=HOME

xomeg

 

 

 

 

Author: meghannspratt

Hi my name is Meg. I have 5 teenage children from my blended marriage. Three are my own and my two stepsons: 17, 16, 15, 14, and 13. In a couple months it turns into 17, 16, 16, 14, 14 so having a home that accommodates these kids, our 3 dogs and 2 cats (quite the menagerie) is very important to me to have a home that consists of calm chaos, crazy chaos, and comfort on a budget. Take a look to see some of my ideas, tips, and design hacks that look great, save money, and make you love your home. As Nate Berkus says, "Your home should tell the story of who you are and be a collection of what you love." I have always loved designing and redesigning things that catch my eye. I hope some of these designs catch yours. xo-meg

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