I have not had a coffee table in my living room since my oldest was born! At night when the kidlets are in bed I just bring out a little stool for my tea. Why, you might ask? Wobbly walkers and tiptoeing toddlers are not exactly cut out for hanging around a coffee table. The table I got rid of was rectangular with sharp edges, so it was only natural I wanted to liquidate the thing. Right now I have a giant roadway car mat where my future coffee table will sit.
Sure I could have looked for a round one, but once I removed the table, it really opened up the room for more play area. However, it is time to add one back into the picture, the kids are steady Eddie on their feet now and we need more surfaces for artwork. Maybe it’ll be a round or an oval, maybe it won’t.
The coffee table pictured above from Layla Grace is elegant and pretty. I’m not sure about the carpet-like inlay, but the shape and details are divine.
I love the ones pictured here, but I want to make something over for a thrifty variation of a chic coffee table. The hunt is on!! First I need to find a piece. With these ideas in mind, I will choose something with detail and visual interest which I can then paint over. The heft and weight of the cream table pictured below, found at Layla Grace is something I would consider. Can you see that teal shelf in the background? YUM!
I love the idea of using a patterned paper and nail head trim as done at Pretty City Things with an inexpensive Ikea table. But I want something with curves and flourishes and detail. This Isala coffee table from Ikea has been spotted all over the web. The colour is blissfully grey and the curvaceous legs are more in line for what I am looking for.
Something with two levels for a storage area would be ideal. It might help me keep my book and magazine addiction in check if I can keep them (current issues only!!) in plain sight. I also really like the ones with drawers, but drawers around here clutter up quickly. I think my best bet is to choose one with an open storage area and add decorative boxes or baskets for organization. What works for you and your coffee table?
Coffee Table DIY Ideas
To stencil or not to stencil? I have seen an abundance of neat-o mosquito ideas for stenciling furniture in the last while and it is tempting. I wonder what a medallion type stencil would look like on a round pedestal coffee table. Other ideas include fancy french phrases (try saying that ten times fast!), numbers, monograms, symbols– like an ampersand or an astrological symbol, a word, or whatever strikes you or moves you or inspires you! Or you can forgo the stencil and opt to create a lace topped coffee table as seen at A Beautiful Mess! So cute!
Another idea is to create a coffee table with palettes and caster wheels. If you want a rustic look this might work for your home. But not mine. I want something with elegance.
Apartment Therapy has a few coffee table options including one with a painted chalkboard top. That could be cute in the right space, right? Playroom, for instance. Even an ugly coffee table can be painted and given new life like this one at It’s Clementime.
Or why not build from scratch with a DIY coffee table project like this Apothecary Table with Toy Box Trundle from Ana White. It houses a toy box! And it looks fantastico!
Well, I don’t know if I narrowed down my search at all, but I definitely have some ideas to work with. What kind of coffee table projects have you taken on?
- Before & After: Two Tone Coffee Table Makeover Paisley and Polka Dot Threads (apartmenttherapy.com)