Thursday, October 13, 2011

~I made a coffee table, and some new things~

 Remember this post?
I had found this vintage chicken crate and brought it into the store.
BUT, the photo from that post kept haunting me.
You see, the ottomans that I had as a coffee table were sold to a friend who wanted them badly, more than me, and they look great in her home. 
So, in need of a coffee table, I brought her home and turned it into a functional piece of furniture.
 A good friend of mine gave me the old casters.
{thanks Heather!}
I made the top out of barn wood found in my neighbors yard.
{yes, I had permission to take it!}
I sanded it down and applied some Annie Sloan clear wax and screwed it to the top.
I'm very happy with how it turned out.
My husband is happy because he now has a hard flat surface to set a drink on, unlike the ottomans!
 I wasn't too particular in the wood I selected. I just made sure it was all the same thickness.
I also let it thoroughly dry out and I cleaned it up really well too.
As you know, one project leads into another, right?
Well, I found these lamps at TJ Maxx and knew they'd be perfect for this spot.
My husband and I have had a hard time agreeing on lamps, and these we actually both like!
I was lucky enough to find a bunch of old photos from our neighborhood, Crystal Lake.
Some date back to the 1800's.
I copied them at my local copy center and framed them in a grid using Ribba frames from Ikea.


 These photos the other day had me really wanting a little pattern and color.
I saw this great blue print shower curtain, yes, shower curtain,  at TJ Maxx, brought it home, and turned it into pillows. The little bit of blue makes me happy every time I walk into the room.
 They happen to match my velvet Pottery Barn pillows perfectly too.
 Harley helped me distress the corner of the coffee table.
What a good puppy, such a big help.

 So, that's it.
What do you think?
xoxo

36 comments:

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

It's such a cozy transformation!
Happy Fall, Melaine!

Between You and Me said...

love the whole room....those lamps ARE amazing....glad your hubby likes them.....my husband has an opinion, too! :)

You did such a great job with the coffee table...AND your pillows add a punch to the room.....

LOVED Layla's pillows, too. :)

m e g a n said...

everything has turned out so pretty! your "shower curtain" looks similar to my shower curtain! It's one of my favorite things in the house!

Meg

Tessa said...

Sooooooooo cozy! Beautiful updates!! Love. It. All. xo, Tessa

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Loving that coffee table!
And the pillows too!
Awesome transformation.

Kelly said...

I always love whatever you do to your home. It's so pretty! What did you do with the lamps that were mounted on the wall above your sofa? I really liked them! Your chicken crate is really interesting as a coffee table. I love creative things like that used in the home.

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

Oh I love your coffee table! The lamps are very pretty too :) I'd love to see a picture of them closer up. What kind of finish do they have on them?

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Love, love, love the new coffe table! So cool that you put it together yourself! Love the lamps too! The room looks gorgeous and warm and cozy!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Melanie, that is one incredible coffee table! You are amazing, you can do anything! I'm in awe of your creative mind, great transformation!

TheCrankyCrow said...

I'm so loving that crate table....You had me at chicken crate. The room looks so cozy, inviting, and happy....I would love to crawl in the couch with a throw and a good book and get lost for a few hours. So wonderful that Harley helped out with the table - looks like he has his distressing technique down to a virtual science! Great touch! ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Well I think it looks fabulous!!! Those lamps are great and I can see why they pass the hubby stamp of approval! ;-) Thanks for sharing some glimpses of your cozy and awesome home with us, my favorite thing to see on your blog is your own design & creations!! xo~michelle

Curtis said...

You used a shower curtain to make pillows. I was browsing through blogs last summer and came across one that had curtains made from a table cloth.... My wife LOVES birds, and we have a lot of them, these table clothes were from Target, and had birds, and were in the same blue tones of our dining / living room. So we bought them and my wife made curtains for our sliding glass door in the dining room!! Not only did it give the area some much needed pop, the texture is wonderdful. Oh the things we can learn from each other!!!
Blessings to you and yours
Curtis & Sherrie

Amanda Hill said...

Wow really great job! Best DIY I have seen :)

Robin said...

I think it looks amamzing and works so well in your room. Your whole room is just so cozy looking, I'd never want to leave.

thefrenchflea said...

I LOVE the coffee table - I just blogged about it!

Karen
The French Flea

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Such a unique coffee table and a conversation piece! Love it!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I think it's gorgeous! I love the fireplace! And I love Harley's handywork. I have a lab and was on the phone one day and she was laying at my feet, I heard this crunch, crunch and look down and she has bitten the corner of the couch off! Good thing we were already planning on getting another one!

High Street Cottage said...

I love how it looks, very rustic, cozy, simply charming.
The pillows are lovely as well.

Kristel said...

Love how your coffee table turned out, nothing better than recycled wood to give it a unique look, and your shower curtain turned pillow covers look amazing. I am officially on the hunt for a "new" shower curtain ;).

melinda said...

ptoo funny !!!I have used a clearanced shower curtain from TJ Maxx too. It was $7 and huge. I made 4 big pillows covers. Last week I dug through my linen drawer and found 2 antique floral print tablecloths from Ruby Tuesday that I had used for Easter dinner and clipped them on my curtain rods and made no sew curtains !! I love them !!! Always think outside of the box.

Heather Salazar said...

Your one talanted lady!!!!

Those casters look like they where made for that piece, I had no idea what to use them for, now I have a million, is it too late for me to change my mind? Just kidding ;)

Heather

laxsupermom said...

Love the changes! The coffee table is perfect. It's so great that you have access to old barnwood. Love the pillows! So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

the ruffled daisy said...

Looks absolutely beautiful as usual!
And that Harley is adorable!

Rachel Pallas said...

Oh my goodness Melaine!! I LOVE the table and really want your chippy blue bench! How much $?? LOL.. xo Rachel

designchic said...

Your room is amazing...warm and inviting. Adore the coffee table - great job!!

Kathy said...

Love this Melaine, great idea is right....Harley is getting so big, did I tell you we had a Harley too, miss him..hoping to get up there to ruffles & rust in a couple weeks been so busy....a reveal soon of Savannah's old desk....my new masterbath vanity..can't wait for you to see it.

Lulu and Co. said...

Looks wonderful!! I love your whole room! So cozy...perfect spot to curl up and read all day
Xo,
Lulu

Tina said...

Really love the coffee table! The room looks great.

Have a great weekend.

Andrea said...

I love the prints above the lamps. Such a clean, neat look with a touch of nostalgia!

Jedi Mama said...

Oh! My! Lands! First, I just found your blog, quite by accident, and what a fun blog it is. Second, I just had a vintage chicken crate GIVEN TO ME, that's EXACTLY like the one you made a coffee table out of. Well, I wanted to hang it on my laundry room wall, because I thought it would make a great cubby for laundry detergent, only it was way too big for the spot I had in mind. So I set the thing outside on our patio a week ago, with every single intention of returning it, because I simply had no ideas on what else to do with it. And now? Well! Now I'm bringing it back inside, because low! And behold! I am going to make myself a coffee table. Copy cat... Meow, meow! (And really? When I say that I am going to make the coffee table, I really mean my husband is going to make the coffee table, but still!) Thanks for the inspiration!

trumatter said...

Very pretty Melanie. I think they have come out very well. It looks very coordinated

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I think it looks fantastic, and that the coffee table really suits the room and your style. The blue is a nice touch too.

Teresa M said...

Love it. The coffee table is something for my home. I am getting tired of my Ottoman. Your blog is inspiring :)

Anonymous said...

My dad has raised racing pigeons for years and have these crates as well. How did you disinfect the crates since birds carry so many diseases plus their dander and feathers cause allergies? Id like to do this for my home but wouldnt want the smell of birds in the house even after being hosed off or scrubbed since its wood it holds in smells. Also, is there any sort of finish to put on the barn wood that isn't a strong chemical? I would love to try and make this during the week. Thanks for the idea.

Baby Cots said...

The author is showing the ne coffee table and some other new things made by her

Carly Tegeler said...

What size casters did you use?

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