House warming gift

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Nov 18 2014
The mid century coffee table my husband scored for his DIY-loving wife

Doesn’t it feel good when you finally hold your first party in your very own home? You pretty it up, you buy flowers, new vases, new rugs and serve fancy hors d’oeuvres. Your guests bring gifts for the home to celebrate your new possession.

What sort of housewarming gift have you given?

Close friends of ours were finally able to move into their newly built home. They waited two years and suffered some last minute hurdles with the council. But they were finally in. Hanna had a strong vision for her new home. The first thing she did was to paint white bright white over the freshly-painted off-white walls in the open plan living/dining. Along with pale wooden floors, Hanna’s plan is to fill it with mid century furniture and upholstery in bright colours.

Now, unless you were fortunate not to worry about budgets or foresighted enough to have budgeted furniture in the cost of the property, most people start with existing furniture, hand-me-downs and/or thrift-store-not-what-I-like-or-want-but-what-I-can-afford items.

All Hanna and Jeff really had to start off with were tons of IKEA Billy bookcases and Expedit units. She also had one mid century teak armchair that she’d pointed out was going to be the style-blueprint for that space.

I knew Hanna wanted a quirky, mid century coffee table so when Husband bought this for me thinking I’d like it for my home, I knew I’d found Hanna a housewarming gift. (It isn’t to my taste.) Andrew had only spent $35 on it and it needed work.

The mid century coffee table my husband scored for his DIY-loving wife

The mid century coffee table my husband scored for his DIY-loving wife

Heat stains, rings from hot drinks, scratches, dings…

The mid century coffee table close up

The mid century coffee table close up

The good thing was the glass was in great condition.

My first thought was to just clean it up, get rid of the heat stains using a warm iron and towel. When I tried to clean the top using turps it gooped up the awful polyurethane coating. So I decided on a different direction.

I sanded the entire unit with a 220 grit sandpaper and then applied a three-in-one undercoat primer on just the top piece.

Then painted a brilliant yellow over the top, (Haymes Paint Tulip Yellow as used on my desk chair. Three coats later, it looked so pretty. I knew it was going to work in Hanna’s white living room.

I applied orange oil to the legs and it came out beautifully in a soft teak finish.

The coffee table housewarming gift in my friend Hanna's house.

The coffee table housewarming gift

Behind it is a mid century teak buffet/dresser I found for Hanna on eBay. Only cost Hanna $40!

The coffee table housewarming gift along with Hanna teak dresser

The coffee table housewarming gift along with Hanna teak dresser

The coffee table housewarming gift along with Hanna teak dresser

The coffee table housewarming gift along with Hanna teak dresser

I am so happy with the coffee table and so happy that Hanna and Jeff have a coffee table that is quirky, bright and yellow. They love love love it!

Best of all, it was entirely a piece no one else would have been able to buy for them, I didn’t spend much on it and gave it a lot of TLC to DIY it.

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