I am pretty sure I have about 47.5 projects in various stages in our garage. I am sooo excited to have finally finished this one though! It has been sitting there patiently waiting its turn. Way back in October...OCTOBER??? Yep, I just looked at my picture dates...October. Three months later...anyway my mom and I set out to pick up a five tiered corner shelf. It was a bit of a drive and as we were driving I remembered a chair that I had been eyeing on Craigslist that was over in the same area. So after we picked up the shelf, we headed over and picked up the chair. The chair owner mentioned that he had a truck full of stuff that he was taking over to the Salvation Army and anything in it was free to me, if I wanted it. There wasn't much that I
could fit in my mom's car wanted, except this coffee table.
It has awesome detailing everywhere...a rope design on the top, leaves on the sides, flowers on the legs!
The top is leather and in rough shape. There was no sanding out those stains in the lower right corner. I knew it would need painted. Actually, the whole thing needed painting. All the details were lost in the woodiness and I knew would totally pop with some color.
Along with all the detail goodness and leather top, it came with four legs. Great! Except something is not quite right with this picture...
Let's take a little closer look...
Ah ha! Two of the feet had their ends sliced off. There should be a rounded foot with nice ridges. I tried several methods to replace the feet...creating a mold with plaster of paris...and decided that it was a repair beyond my skill level! So now what to do with my beautiful coffee table?? I think this is why it took three months to complete. I had no idea. Then one night I had a brainstorm! The next day I promptly went out into the garage and took the legs off the table. Checked out the "new look" and decided my idea would work. I would make a magnetic chalkboard for our little bare hallway. I painted the "frame" with several different colors I had leftover from past projects. I just dry brushed them on for the weathered look. Then I taped off the edges and sprayed the leather with magnetic spray paint. After using the entire can of spray paint my magnet did not even think about sticking. And before you ask...yes, I shook the can...alot. So, next method - sheet metal. I bought a big sheet of it at Home Depot and brought it home expecting to just be able to "cut it" with something in the garage. Nothing. We have nothing in the garage to cut sheet metal. Yeah for Hubby and Brother-in-law who went and bought the new metal cutting saw blade, cut my insert, and de-burred my metal! I sprayed the metal with chalkboard paint, glued it onto the leather and tada!
My magnetic chalkboard! This hallway leads to the guestroom and half bath. I thought it would be fun to leave little messages for our guests when they come visit. How do you take decent pictures in a hallway that gets no light?? And yes, that is a random toy on the floor...
So, how about those details now??
I love it! And I have plans for the legs too...someday...hopefully it won't be another three months!