Living Room Mini Makeover – Part Two

If you’re a regular reader, you know that we’ve been making over our little old war-era bungalow one diy project at a time for the last several months. Unfortunately, I tend to bounce around a bit and not finish one room entirely before moving onto another project (I clean like that too, a little here, oh look that’s dirty, a little there). Things like the right light fixture for the kitchen and painting the hallway ceiling are still left undone.

It’s no different with the living room mini-makeover. I started out wanting to paint our pine tv armoire (apparently 92% of our readers wanted us to paint it to!). As soon as I had a coat of paint on it, I realized our old-school country coffee table needed a pick me up even more. (Yes, that is a heart cutout you see. Oh, the decorating sins I have committed.)


Being the insanely thrifty person I am these days and being unwilling to buy a new coffee table, but not wanting to look at the hearts for a moment longer, I had been thinking about how to disguise this cutesy throwback. I tried to use a long black runner across the middle of the table. It worked temporarily, but the hearts could still be seen from certain angles. Not cool. I thought of covering the hearts somehow, perhaps a square of wood or something. Um, yeah. Then I remembered we had some leftover beadboard /wainscotting in the shed from the kitchen ceiling project.


At this point I just have to re-acknowledge how AWESOME my hubby is. He not only puts up with my projects, he actually digs things out of the shed, stands outside on the deck in November with a table saw and does the stuff I am too clumsy to do. He even runs out of town to pick up a kijiji find after a long day of work (watch for that project later). Be still my heart – we are a match made in heaven!

Ahem. Anyway, back to the coffee table.

After Dean so kindly dug out, measured, cut and attached the beadboard, I painted the whole table with some leftover Behr Swiss Coffee (the colour of the trim in the main areas of our house).


And then I glazed the whole thing. Read about how I did that here.

TADA! Here is the finished coffee table.



What do you think – improvement yes? Do you have any pieces that could use a glazing makeover?

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    Maggie @ Black & White {Side by Side} says

    This is amazing! I love the difference that the glaze makes on the final result. I’ve never taken on a furniture redo, but you are inspiring me!

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    OMGoodness, THANK you SO much for posting this. I too have a pine (Mexican styled) coffee table. Our pine armoire is in our bedroom and has already been painted and glazed. Looks like I’m gonna have to get some beadboard. : ) Looks beautiful ~
    ** I’m a new follower, whatta great site : )

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    Corinna says

    WOW! It just goes to show you what a nice coat of paint will do. This is absolutely gorgeous! And you would never guess what it looked like before! You’re a genius with that beadboard!


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    Brittany says

    wow! that looks worlds different! I love the new look and the glaze just puts that finishing touch of “awhhh that’s nice” on it. Great job!

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    I’m glad it’s not just me who shudders at those hearts. I’ve been wanting to buy some new shelves to sit knick knacks, but my mom is convinced that my old shelves would work with new paint. They are the cutesty ones with hears and scalloped trim. Um, I think not!

    Hard to believe you could update a table to make it look completely different. I heart the after version!

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    sue says

    You are a genius!! My parents have a similiar coffee table, sans the heart, at their lake house, what a great transformation, i have bookmarked this for later use. Thanks for sharing! Sie

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    Serendipity Chic Deocr says

    Oh, I lust adore this! I can’t tell you how many pieces I have passed up on because of a heart cut out. In addition, I have a ton of bead board laying around. Thanks for the great idea.

    Take care,

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    Love your coffee table makeover! I love beadboard. I painted my coffee table too. Actually, I’ve painted every piece of wooden furniture in my living room except for one piece which is aqua and I love it that way. But you know what’s cool? I too used Swiss Coffee paint to paint all my tables! Wonderful job! Have a great weekend.


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      aka design says

      Lol. Oh that is funny – Swiss Coffee! It’s a great white, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by to visit us. S.

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    Tania says

    Wow! That looks great! I have a little side table that has hearts like that cut into the ends… hmmm… now you’ve got me thinking!! :)


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    It looks amazing! what a great idea. I am a new follower and can’t wait to see what you do next. I found you via Stories of A House blog. I hope you visit me and follow if you like.
    Have a great day

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    Oh thank you for the inspiration – I have a cute shelf with pegs below it I’d like to use but don’t care for the hearts running across the back of it. Now I know what to do :)