Coffee Table Refresh – 1,2,3!

Have any of you ever sat in your family room, looked around and thought it was time for a change up?  I do and I did.  Redesigns are one of my favorite things to do when I get bored.  Kinda drives the Mister crazy.  I remember one day when the kids were very young, he left for work, the kids took a nap and by the time he came home for dinner, the kitchen walls had been painted.  All he said was “Well I see someone was bored today“.

20 years later I still get bored and want need change.  But all I had time for today was the coffee table.  I’ll show you 3 different looks and you can tell me which one you like the best.

Coffee Table Refresh #1

garden bench used as a coffee table refresh with chippy painted board and accessories

Here at the house in Highland Village we use an iron bench as a coffee table.  I’m not one for the matchy matchy look so I hunted for something totally different.  I think an old garden bench certainly says different.  It can be used for extra seating when needed and we don’t have to worry about it getting damaged.  It’s basically indestructible.

This quick change has an old chippy painted board as a base that I purchased while in Waco on our Magnolia Farms trip.  I have different plans for it but today, I want it here.  On the left side, I used a green ceramic bird, a moss ball and a mason jar with a hydrangea stem.  The other side has greenery added to a clay pot, two of my favorite books and an old door knob from Navasota.  I like this new summer look.

white chippy board on iron bench used in a coffee table refresh

Can you see the chippy paint on the board and the itty bitty eyes on the ceramic bird?  So cute.  I think this look can be described as Understated Grace with Practicality.

iron bench with books and doorknob for a coffee table refresh

You’ll notice in the back ground a large pillow. It’s never there but since it’s all about the coffee table refresh today, I had to move the items so it wasn’t distracting.  😉  You’ll get to see those another day.  On to the next one.

Coffee Table Refresh #2

iron garden bench with old cabinet door in a coffee table refresh

For this change up I used a vintage cabinet door I found in Waxahachie, TX for $10.00!  I snatched it up so quick I almost knocked over the lady beside me trying to get to it.  I did apologize AFTER I picked it up though.  I believe she understood when she saw my ear to ear grin and gave me the wink.  One of those secret junker winks you get from another junker who knows you got a steal of a deal and is happy for you but jealous because you got it first kinda winks.

Well you can see why I had to grab it so quickly.  Just look at it – it has the chippy paint I love, it’s original hinges and latch and those cutouts are so delightful!  I’ve used it all over the house but this time it’s used as a base to hold the boxwood ball, an iron finial and cowhide coasters.  The other side has magazines and the TV remotes.  A simple look with function.  Lets call this refresh Uncomplicated Charm.



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Coffee Refresh #3

iron bench used for coffee table refresh with cushion and woven tray

Can anyone guess why the Mister loves this refresh the most?  Yep, the cushion.  He can put his feet up more comfortably now.  The woven basket/tray corrals the magazines, coasters and remotes.  Mhmm, I do love me some clutter containment.  Guess I’ll call this one Clear-cut and Comfortable.

Which is your favorite?  As you can see from all 3 choices, there’s nothing fancy about my personal home decorating.  I’m all about casual, comfy, cozy, and inviting.  I never want anyone to feel as though they can’t touch anything or have to ask to sit down.  I want my home to say plop yourself down girl, grab that Magnolia magazine and lets chat.  Oh yeah, and have a cupcake… we must have cupcakes!

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Repurposed Door into Laundry Room Shelf

Years ago when we moved into the house we live in now, we discussed painting just about every room in the house.  It has buttery yellow walls.  I say has because the majority of the walls are still the same and we’ve lived here 8 years. It’s like the plumber who has a leaky faucet. I spend my time helping everyone else make their home pretty and mine gets put on the back burner or maybe it’s because I’m married to a man who lives by the motto – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (insert rolling eyes).

Repurposed Door

Repurposed door in laundry room

I don’t mind doing laundry.  Truth be told, it’s probably the easiest chore around here.  I taught my kids (each when they were in the 5th grade) how to do their own laundry.  I wanted them to understand that just because you put a shirt on, wear it for an hour while watching TV then decide to change into that cute little dress before heading over to the neighbor’s house, wasn’t actually dirty.  So they’ve been doing the bulk of the laundry ever since.  Sidebar: I’m not a total meanie, I still washed their sheets, comforters and shower curtains. 😉



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Even though I’m not in there that often, I still want it to look nice.  The color is Sherwin Williams Bungalow Beige # 7511. I pass it every day and love it.  I also find this repurposed door to be perfect.  It’s ideal for folding clothes, scrubbing a stain on a shirt, and laying junk on when we have to hide things in a hurry when people show up.  And the fact the ironing board fits underneath was a total fluke.

Repurposed door support piece

Scrap piece of wood mounted into wall studs

Project Supplies:

Repurposed Door, wood corbels, 3 1/2″ deck screws, 2 x 4 (scrap wood), table saw, level, drill, and sand paper

Project Detail:

This repurposed door is solid wood and was found at a local salvage store for $40.00. The corbels on each end are also solid wood and they were only $10.00 a piece! Can I get an amen-sister-you’re-the-queen-bargain-hunter please?  The Mister cut the door lengthwise in half by using a table saw.  A circular saw can be used but be careful to make sure your cut is completely straight.  Otherwise the two pieces will not fit properly.  The door was heavy so after mounting it to the wall he decided he needed extra support.  He added a 2 x 4 piece of scrap wood underneath the shelf and mounted it to the studs by using the deck screws.  The door just sits on the scrap piece and isn’t attached to it.  After sanding it a little to distress it, I think it came out perfectly!

Repurposed door full view

Laundry Room After

The glass letters that spell out LAUNDRY and the black hooks that hold them were 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  Besides the cool taupe color and the shelf, my fave piece is the old mirror my dad had in his office.  It’s a medicine cabinet door from an old house.  Dad’s been in heaven now for several years but I think of him every time I walk in.  And who doesn’t want happy feelings when they have to do laundry?

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