Hold the phone, Tanya has a coffee table.
If you know me, you know that I HATE coffee tables and am madly in love with our tufted ottoman. When Hubs and I sink into the sofa for some T.V. time, we really get into it. The more horizontal we can slouch, the better, and a cushy ottoman facilitates this. I know it’s cool to say we don’t watch T.V. or have cable, but we actually love our television and we love to Lounge (capital L). A coffee table does not facilitate lounging, with its pointy corners and hard top. It facilitates prim cocktail hour. And leaves little bruises every freaking time I bump into it.
But there’s a mid-century modern coffee table in a lovely shade of mint that now graces our living room, and I have to admit that this leggy coffee table looks amazing! It shows off the living room’s spaciousness much better than our behemoth of an ottoman, which is what we need for staging our home for sale.
It’s actually a funny story how the coffee table came to be. I was yard saling with a friend and we spotted it – for free – at a yard sale right between our houses (we live very close to one another). I’d always thought the townhouse would need a coffee table for staging and so I wanted to pick it up, but because we weren’t planning on selling the house for a year, and I wasn’t even sure it would fit in the car, I passed. I thought about it all morning though, and at the end of the day we drove by again to see if it was still there. It was! I figured it was free so if it was too much of a bother to store for a year, I’d pass it on to someone else. My friend and I crammed it into the car, and only a few days later we found and eventually bought the lake house. What luck, right? It was meant to be.
Poor table though, it had seen better days, so I decided to give this retro coffee table a simple and affordable makeover with paint!
The table had some major water damage and because the top is only veneer, restoring the wood wasn’t a viable option so I gave it a light sand and a coat of spray primer. Then I gave it two coats of mint coloured latex paint (the free can!) using a brush for the legs and a small, low pile foam roller for the flat surfaces. A coat of varnish helped seal it. My only regret: I should have waited for the paint to cure longer before applying the varnish because it smudged the paint in a couple of places. Not a problem for me because this is just for staging. But if I do a top coat again on painted furniture (I never do), I won’t rush the coats.
It’s amazing how much larger the living room looks with this sleek new coffee table, and I love how the mint green is identical to the mint in the pillows. It also complements the warm teak and natural brick hues nicely.
We’ve tackled some other projects in an effort to stage our townhouse for sale and you might spot another of these updates in the photo above: we finally painted our baseboard heaters!