Family Room: Upcycled Tables

I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.

Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.

Our new coffee table
. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?

Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing. 

. . . viola! Our new coffee table
. . . viola! Our new coffee table

George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.




I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . 😉

Have a good week! — Joanne

2 thoughts on “Family Room: Upcycled Tables

  1. Joanne, you had some real treasures on your own property. I like both the pieces and especially, of course, the table. It is just beautiful. I love its Wabesabi memory-filled top. This is my favorite kind of furniture and the more distressed the better to my way of thinking. Blue is the perfect companion of yellow and it looks like you have yellow walls. I haven’t heard of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint. I will check it out as I am always interested in finding the best quality. I like Valspar.

  2. Thank you, Ginene. I confess, I had to look up “Wabesabi” and I think that’s a perfect definition for this table. We chose the blue tints because the walls are painted a buttery yellow. Valspar’ Glass Tile looks better painted on something than it does in the jar. I like to purchase the small samples to experiment with. 🙂

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