How many times did I show this room on the blog with the preface of, “But I still have to paint the coffee table!??!”
About eleventy million times, right? You guys must have been sick of hearing about it.
I don’t know what made me procrastinate about this job. Perhaps it was because it was already in use? Maybe because I wasn’t sure of the colour?
But it was on the weekend that I realized I had a few hours of nothingness. So I asked Mr. Suburble to haul the coffee table into the garage.
Mr. Suburble rolled his eyes at me. “You’re going to paint it? Why!?!? It looks FINE!”
Fine ain’t good enough, honey-bun. It’s a type of sandpaper and something I’ll say to be passive-aggressive, but it’s not going to be the state of my living room.
To refresh your memory: this is the “before”.
I said to my neighbour, who was peeking in the garage as I worked, “If it was 1998, I would have LOVED this coffee table.”
She immediately responded, “Yes. It’s like it’s from the set of Friends.”
She couldn’t have picked a better comparison. It was as if Chandler and Phoebe were going to place their giant latte mugs right on the darn thing.
I drink tea. So I kept painting.
I decided to paint the table in Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. It’s an off-white, with perhaps just a hint of grey. I had almost opened my pint of Stirling, but then quickly realized it was nearly the same colour as the walls.
Casement it was!
The trouble with this piece is that it has tiny little crevices between each board. You can see in the above picture that there were peek-a-boo slices of wood – taunting me – between the boards.
I grabbed a skinny brush and started working in between the boards. It’s not pretty work – I had to be fairly heavy with the paint – but I followed each stretch of work with big long strokes of my Fusion brush. This made for a smooth finish.
And two (and a half) coats later, I was done! I finished the coffee table with a light coat of Beeswax finish and then gave it a good buffing.
Mr. Suburble came through the door and exclaimed, “Wow! That looks really sharp!
It really brightens up the room.”
I’m so glad I went with my gut and chose Casement. I know that this paint will be making a few more appearances in le maison de Suburble this year. It’s such a fabulous neutral!
You guys know I’m a huge fan of Fusion paint – if you want to try it yourself, check out this list of retailers.
Want to see more paint transformations from my garage?
Check out the buffet in Inglenook:
and the China Cabinet in Homestead Blue:
It looks stunning!
ahhhh, looks so much better! great job!
Thanks, lady. 🙂
Krista @ the happy housie
It looks incredible! What a difference it makes to the whole room, Tara. I need to give Fusion paint a try – what a great colour.
Yes, you do! I think you’d LOVE it!
The white is so much better with the grey! Looks great!
Thank you so much, Pamela! 🙂
Wow! What a difference! I have so many cute pieces of future handed down by family that would look fabulous with a quick coat of paint. Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh, never underestimate the power of paint! You should do it!
Jamie @ Medium Sized Family
It’s amazing what a difference a little paint can make. I need to paint my front door today. Thanks for giving me inspiration to get off my duff and get it done! 🙂
I also have a front door that is desperate for some paint. I didn’t get to it this summer, but I may have some time yet.
SOMETIMES the messiest paint jobs are the BEST paint jobs! 🙂
Other times they are the WORST paint jobs.
This looks great!
Haha! You said it. 🙂
Looks great! This is good motivation for me to get on painting a ladder shelf in our family room so that it will look so much better than just “fine!”
“Fine” was good for me for a LONG time. But now I’m happy with “much better”. 🙂
amanda @ on the corner of brodhead
i love how husbands always think everything in the house is “fine the way it is”, until you change it and then they’re shocked! love the coffee table!
So true. If it weren’t for my crazy stubborn personality, this house would have remained untouched from the way we bought it. Mr. Suburble just comes along for the ride sometimes. 😉
Lisa @ Fun Money Mom
I love it…the new color really brightens up the room and you did a beautiful job! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday!
Thank you so much for your compliments! I feel like I want everything to be light and bright these days!
What a beautiful transformation – ( and what a beautiful room period ! )
Saw you over at Grace and Good Eats 🙂
Thank you so much for your sweet compliments! I am definitely enjoying some “mommy-time” in this room. It’s starting to feel finished!
It’s amazing how a coat of paint makes such a difference. Very pulled together! It looks much better painted white!
Thank you, Rachel! I agree – paint is such a simple but amazing transformation for so many pieces. White was the way to go, I think. 🙂
mary beth at MBZ Interiors
I recently did an E Design for a young couple who has your exact chairs. Love your mod furniture mixed with country. that’s how my home is. Table looks great!
Thank you so much for the great compliment, Mary Beth! I always called myself “eclectic”, but I love how you describe it!
Krista @ the happy housie
Thanks for sharing it at Work it Wednesday this week Tara- featuring it tomorrow!
Aww… thanks, lady! 🙂
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse
I love it painted! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-149.html Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
Thank you so much, Kathryn! I appreciate the feature! 🙂
The painted version really does brighten up your room – amazing how a little paint can make such a difference. I hae not tried Fusion paint yet but it is on my list. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
I’m a big fan of Fusion paint – it’s really easy to work with. It’s amazing what a bit of white paint can do, isn’t it?
Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse
The Weekly Feature Series is live. Pop on over and check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/09/weekly-feature-series_12.html Have a lovely weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
It is great!!!
Thank you so much, Ioanna!