I have been on the search for the perfect coffee table for several months, but everything that I like is either too expensive (at least right now with a 2 year old destruction machine) or not the right size. After several failed attempts, I finally ran across a small walnut colored wood coffee table with some awesome brass capped legs. Although it was on the small side I knew it had potential, so I purchased it for $40 from the home consignment shop I was at and took it home. After a little revamp with a new wood top and some paint, I have my self the perfect table for my living room.
First off a before shot of the table I purchased.
Definite potential there, but the brass capped legs (hubba, hubba) are definitely what made me fall in love. The top of the table was a little damaged, so even if it was a good size, the top was no bueno. To get the table up to the size I needed, I purchased a piece of 2' by 4' by .75" pieced birch wood at Lowe's, Minwax stain in dark walnut, poly acrylic in satin, and gorilla glue.
I stained the wood piece with the Minwax stain and let dry then did 2 coats of stain poly acrylic sealant. Once the new wood top was dry, I used some gorilla glue to attach the new wood top to the base table. I then used some clamps and a heavy plate weight to insure a good bond between the two surfaces.
Once the glue dried for a full 24 hours, I carefully flipped the table around and added some turquoise blue accent paint around the sides of the new wood top. I used Martha Stewart Craft paint for this, but regular old Latex paint will work too.
Now I have myself the perfect sized customized coffee table that did not break the bank. I think in total this project cost me about $60. Score! Oh, and what do you think of the blue? I was debating going gold, but I think the pop of color makes this table unique.