Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coffee Table Wall Art

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!

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  1. It's absolutely Brilliant!!!!
    You're making me look at coffee tables in a new light lol
    Thanks for sharing - it's just great!

  2. Now THAT is awesome!!! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!!

  3. Cool Lauren! What a great idea!

    1. Thanks! Now I've just got to get you over here to see it in person! :)

  4. we need to come visit again to see it!! =) Love your creative thinking!

    1. Haha! We would love for you guys to come back soon!

  5. so so clever! bravo.

    visiting via miss mustard seed and would love to have you stop by when you have a moment.

    happy weekend to you.


  6. Gorgeous! I love all the detail. This must be very heavy. How did you hang it? I'd love it if you would link up to my new party, "What I Accomplished Wednesdays!"

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I tested out several hanging methods and ended up with 2 saw-tooth hangers on the back of the table and nails, in studs, in the wall. It weighs 20lbs...I weighed it. :) Each of the hangers is rated for up to 20lbs. So with two it is very secure.

      Thanks for the party invite!

  7. Wow, that table makes for one pretty frame! I love the color you choose!
    I just started a new link party and would love if you would come on over and share your post or social media sites.


    1. Thanks! I'll check out your party...thanks for the invite!

  8. Good job on REpurposing!
    Too bad about the legs, but don't toss them--maybe you can cut them down too and attach them to another project!

    1. Thanks Catherine! I am definitely keeping the legs! I've seen how you use them for different projects...very inspiring!

  9. this looks great! would have never thought to use just the top.

  10. That caving is incredible-what a score. You choice of blue painted was a perfect fit for that piece as well.

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