I Revamped my Coffee Table!

I had been looking to replace my coffee table for a while. I even blogged about it earlier this year. In addition to those ideas, I thought of repurposing a pallet or even using a large tree stump.

I decided to get a circular saw (bought a used one for $20) and make my table more smaller.

Here (again) is the before picture –  very big and clunky.

So the first thing I did after taking the legs off was cut it so it was rectangular instead of square. Then I sanded the espresso stain down. What surprised me was the reddish color wood underneath. I even sanded down the underside.

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Once I was done, I used my vinegar and steel wool solution to tone down some of the color before I took my heat gun to it, giving it another dimension of character.

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After I was done with the messy stuff, I brought it into the house to add the oil sealant and add the legs. I was also starting to get gnawed by bugs (what else is new). As you can see, Puck was quick to explore the new table.

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So this was right after the sealant was added and the legs. Once the oil’s soaked in, it won’t be as dark.

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Another view to show the cool legs. I got them from a company called Modern Legs. These are known as “just the tip”.

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Fireplace Planning

Fireplace Plans

First pic shows the fireplace but I have gotten rid of the brassy doors so it is just the mesh. 

I drew out measurements yesterday (rough sketches and measurements) knowing I had pretty much decided on my flooring (YAY!)

Then my flooring guy helped me on deciding on the tile. Crossville Bluestone series – Pennsylvania Bluestone – it’s ceramic and uses a minimum of 20% recycled content. 

So last night I was thinking up ideas to update the fireplace. I didn’t want to just remove tile and slap on new tile over it. The opportunity is there to totally revamp that space. A part of me has been hesitant in doing a total makeover mainly because I have this really weird, pattern/texture on my wall (my magenta wall shows the detail better because of the glaze over it). I am not a fan, which is why I’m really sticking to the matte finish that weird texture isn’t as visible from a distance. 

Then it occurred to me that I could to a totally different texture on the wall and even though it would be the same wall color, it would accent the space. 

Before I sketched out the plans, I looked at ideas and I *think* I could, if I research more, is to have the texture of poured concrete to give a subtle, industrial feel. I think it is possible with some sort of plaster application but I’ll research more. 

So the final 2 pics are my plans. Both are similar in that the area will have that concrete texture and the tile will only be on the façade and not the sides. 

The first idea would be VERY ambitious. I’d be adding narrow “walls” to each side so that the fireplace would no longer have that “cut-out” look. I’d have to stud, drywall, tape – possible even mud before I get started. If I’m REALLY ambitious with this project, I could see myself wanting to recess the baseboards so it is nearly invisible and the drywall “floats” above the floor. I’ve seen a few pics of this and it looks pretty cool. But like I said, this is the most ambitious of the 2 plans.

The second one also removes the tiles from the sides and the tile would actually give the fireplace more of a surround feel. In this particular plan, I was using 6×6 tiles so it wouldn’t require cutting. I’d also shorten the hearth if that is a possibility (but not a deal breaker). 

For the mantle, in plan 1, I could either use a floating system or have it framed because the space is there.

In the 2nd one, it would float on the wall. (not sure how to attach it securely though.