Thursday, January 29, 2015

Look what we DIY'd!

Sometimes I get fidgety and restless and just want to 'do something'. This normally means travel somewhere or buying something for myself or the house. For KC, it's wanting to do something sensible around the house or to our cars. A couple of weekends ago, he decides he wants to do something and was down to work on one of the projects I had waiting for him. I jumped at the opportunity and we started working on it the next day. We aren't made of money (who is?) so we don't get to do a lot around the house often, especially if we want to do things like travel, so it's little baby steps and things like this that make it all come together. It's easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged with how much you have to do (or want to do, more like it) but just focusing on the baby steps makes me feel better. Anyway, I couldn't wait to share it, but first a back story!

Right now we have a couch that has recliners on the ends, and end tables next to it. We have never had the need for a coffee table, or ottoman. However, I kinda hate our couch with a passion and one day we will be replacing it with either 2 couches or a sectional.. One day. When we do that, we won't have the recliners anymore, and since we both love to put our feet up, I thought an ottoman was the way to go. However, I really love the idea of a coffee table for storage.

And then I saw this pretty little thing:

buy here, if you're a billionaire
Unfortunately, the price tag - not so pretty. Funnily enough, I found it when I was googling ottoman / coffee table and the link lead me to Kristi's blog where she basically made her own. Totally badass, and you can check it out here.

I am not as badass, but I thought we could take some parts of the tutorial to make it work for us. I pinned it, thinking it would be ages before we would get around to it because we didn't actually need it immediately. But then I found the perfect coffee table on craigslist for $15. So, I had to get it. KC was not on board with this project or driving 30 minutes to pick up it up. We had to wait like 20 minutes for the guy and KC was not happy - the guy finally arrived, we put the coffee table in the truck and KC said "holy crap, this is a great piece of furniture. Great find babe!" which never happens so I felt like I should share it with the world. It has some nicks and marks, but overall in great condition for what we needed, not to mention $15.

ignore the marker, I was trying to show KC what we were going to do

Anyway, I'm not gonna do a tutorial because there are a zillion of those around, plus we basically followed Kristi's to a tee, tufting wise anyway.


The tufting is definitely not perfect, but I kinda love it. It's just resting on top in that photo, it's not finished yet, and I haven't done the buttons. The 'fabric' is a $15 drop cloth from Home Depot. Overall, it cost about $100 total - coffee table, foam, plywood, supplies... We have a lot of things left over, like the plywood, that we'll be able to use for future projects.

So it's not completely finished - I'm not sure what to do with the coffee table part. Stain it? Paint it white? My first instinct was to paint it white. We have white bookcases, and one day will have a white TV stand.. we have a black entry table, and a black computer desk that will not stay in the living room forever. Or should I do an off white, or a lighter wood like the inspiration picture? Or 'distressed'?

The reason I'm hesitant about staining it is the floors - will it clash? We need a rug, but that's a bit further down the line. And can you have 3 different things in one room? White, wood and black? I want to replace our end tables one day (they are currently black) but not sure what with yet.

Would love to hear your opinions about what to do with the coffee table part! Help!

59 comments:

  1. great job!!!! as for color coordination, i'm a big fat zero in that department. my husband does all the decorating and damn, he's on point. sometimes i wonder if he's secretly gay he's so good at decor.

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  2. I vote white. Then again, I'm a total sucker for white furniture/white painted wood. I'm so impressed by your craftiness!!

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  3. DIY-ing your own furniture is the best. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  4. That looks so good! I can't wait to see the finished project!

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  5. AMAZING idea, lady!!!! Can't wait to see the finished project. I think a deep deep dark mahogany brown will look amazing with the choice of fabric.

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  6. Wow, I'm totally impressed with your craftiness! I vote for the distressed look!

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  7. It looks great! I say paint lighter (cream?) and distress!

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  8. Wow nice DIY!! It looks great! As for what to do with the wood - I would keep it some kind of natural wood color, but maybe a different color stain. Idk! Good luck!

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  9. I cannot wait to see the finished product. I def would go for the distressed look!

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  10. I love it!! Can't wait to see the finished product!! I'm always a sucker for white/cream and distressed, but it looks beautiful with the natural too!

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  11. I love it! It looks really good. I don't think i could ever make that. :P
    I can't wait to see it finished! Please update us :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  12. Love it!!!! I love the creamieh/gray look in the inspiration picture and think that would go fabulous with the black until you can upgrade!

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  13. Oh my GOSH how freaking cool! I love the way this turned out!

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  14. I've been waiting to see how this turned out for you guys!! Looking good so far! I'd vote for a similar color to the inspiration picture because I think that would look good with both the white and black that you already have in your house. Yay!

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  15. I worried about different wood tones clashing, too, but I feel like as long as you keep them in the same general family, it's fine. Like if you have reddish wood floors, stain with something reddish, not with a grey undertone. Our floors are a lighter oak, my end tables are dark, and my coffee table is somewhere in the middle, but because of the space between them, a rug, and the stuff on them, I don't think it clashes. Good luck finishing the project!

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  16. That looks awesome. I would do a neutral color with a stain wash over it. Like maybe a grey with even a metallic like platinum color very subtle wash would be pretty. I am all about the greys right now!

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  17. I'm impressed! I'm not handy in the slightest, so any DIY project is pretty impressive to me. And to tackle tufting?!? Well done girl!

    V
    Life+1

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  18. Love it! So cool! Can't wait to see the finished product!!

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  19. That's a drop cloth?!?!?! Impresive
    I totally say paint it... I think you could even make it a pop of color - like a blue or red... do you have any other colors in your house? cant wait to see it completed. It already looks amazing!

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  20. Whoa! Look at you--so crafty. I think it looks great. I think it would look awesome painted cream/white.

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  21. This looks awesome! I've wanted to try my hand at tufting for awhile. I think a white would be gorgeous especially if your bookcases are white. You could always paint the rest of your black furniture white too so they all match.

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  22. That is looking great! Love it! I think different woods can look great together, as long as their in the same tones (like red undertones or gray undertones), so you definitely do a stain or white, whichever you like best!

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  23. Girl!!! it looks AWESOME. So impressed!!! I think a whitewash would be really pretty...that way you'd get a lighter color but not loose all the pretty grains. Well done!!

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  24. WOW - this is incredibly creative I must say. Quite impressive :)

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  25. OMG what a great idea! It turned out so cute!! I love a good DIY!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  26. Looks great ! I would stain it white with a crackling finish to antique it.

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  27. YAY! DIY projects are the best.

    White is usually my go to, but I think that may be a little boring with the grey cloth. I would say do a fun colour, or even do a fun colour and then try distressing it (I've never done that before, so not sure how it would look). Otherwise I would probably lean towards getting a couple of cans or ORB spray paint.

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  28. Whoa!! look at you! Please come make one for me!

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  29. Yay you did it! Looks great! I kinda like the lighter wood like in the inspiration picture…or maybe just go for white if you have other white pieces? I'm really no help with these kinds of things…my only real input is that your floors are amazing!

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  30. That looks so good, great job! I can't believe you found a coffee table for $15 in good condition. I'd just match the other pieces in the living room with the color of the paint!

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  31. I absolutely love it! I'd paint that coffee table in a second. I like a pop of color.

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  32. Oh my goodness!! It's so perfect Kristen - you amazing crafter/DIYer you! I love it even more than the one with the gazillion dollar price tag. I want to make my own STAT! Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial :) xx Carly

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  33. Ahhh that looks amazing-- the tufting looks so good and it looks so nice and cozy! I love the color you picked too. Tell me your secrets for finding good deals on Craigslist!

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  34. I love that look!!! I would probably paint that coffee table a white or a fun accent color that you are using in the room!

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  35. So impressive, this is truly amazing.

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  36. Great find and awesome way to scratch that itch! I totally know what you mean by the way. I love the way this looks so far, and for $15 that really is an awesome find. As for the wood part, well, almost everything of mine is mismatched wood because most of my things are antiques or homemade, and I absolutely love the earthy and natural and eclectic feel of my home. But I'll echo what a previous commenter said, kinda... They kinda have to be in the same color family. So a distressed gray-toned wood will clash with like a maple or cherry wood floor. I have mostly dark wood with some very dark and some very pale, but they've all got the same tone so I think it works. I would probably, if I were you, distress that coffee table without staining it. But I haven't seen your place so I can't say that's the best way to go haha. Just my $.02!

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  37. That's great!!! We are not DIY-ers but I found a table on the street yesterday and I definitely want to do something to it to make it look better. I'm going to be looking for ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Dang, that turned out great! I'm super impressed, I just don't have the patience to DIY!

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  39. i'm pro painting it white, but as far as having multiple different woods in one room, LOL i'm totally guilty of that. from where i'm sitting in my living room i see 5 different shades

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  40. That looks great! I love it! We do a lot with eiod, but I shy away from anything using fabric. Great work you!

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  41. What a great job!! I love it. I think if you do stain it maybe do an antique white/gray finish like the original photo =)

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  42. Trust me, you do not want my advice on what to do with the coffee table. LOL. I suck at home decor and there will never be a "home tour" on my blog! haha. That said, I'm WAY impressed with your bargain purchase and craft skills thus far!! Can't wait to see what you do with the coffee table next!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  43. What a cool idea! It wouldn't work in my house though; my coffee table is constantly covered in stuff.
    I love DIY decor. It's so much more fulfilling that store bought pieces...especially when someone compliments it. ;)

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  44. You guys did an awesome job!! Love the color fabric you picked out!!

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  45. Dang girl! That looks awesome! I'm totally DIY'd out right now but this is something to try in the future for sure!

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  46. Very impressed lady! Cracked up yes click there if you are a millionaire ;-) Definitely will be keeping this in mind when I actually get some square footage again!

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  47. Way to take something and make it way better! You guys did a great job!

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  48. Gosh, I'm no help here haha. Great job on it so far though :)

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  49. Looking great! I love the progress!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  50. I love the way it looks so far actually. I love that you found a cure for your "I need to do something itch". When I get that itch it usually involves me spending large amounts of money so Im gonna take some inspiration from this post! haha

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  51. Wow K, you did a great job! Have you read Victoria Elizabeth Barnes' blog? http://victoriaelizabethbarnes.com/huge-victorian-antique-mirror/ This one was particularly funny! I don't think all the furniture needs to be matchy, matchy.

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  52. oooh I'm impressed!! I'm not sure! Maybe find a color that you love, and will love no matter what... ? At least for 5 years... ? And do a chalkboard paint type finish?? I know Annie Sloan is super pricey but I've seen DIYs too. So pretty. It would work well with the tufted fabric tone... and then wouldn't clash with the rest of the house and what you decided later on with the end tables. :) Good luck! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  53. Damn! That is looking awesome!!! I wish I could do crafty shit like this. I say go for white!

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  54. It looks great so far! I love DIY in theory, but I'm so afraid of losing a body part (because I am indeed that clumsy) that I've never tried it. I love that you went for it! I vote white, too, since you have white furniture that you're keeping and you're adding more white furniture soon. I definitely want to see how your place looks once you've completed more projects and add the things you want!

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  55. How awesome is this project! I don't think I would have enough patience to do that "tufting"! It looks great so far! I think that color material would look really good with white! But I know what you mean about having different colors in one room.... I personally like the look of dark woods with white accent stuff so I would go in that direction even if it's just baby steps! But that's just me!

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