My living room sofa table owes me absolutely nothing.
Over the past twenty years it's withstood three kids, three homes, two labradors and an endless barrage of knocks, spills, kung fu kicks and abuse. And still looks pretty darn good. Unfortunately.
Have a phase three home? Here's the good news: You most likely have a house chock full of furniture. The bad news? You most likely have a house chock full of furniture---some of which may no longer reflect your personal style.
Just like my sofa table.
Week Four of our 5 Weeks/5 Projects to Declutter and Redefine Your Home, is all about breathing new life into an outdated piece of furniture, so it complements your current home decor, not just reflects a style from days gone by.
Got an old favorite that deserves a second chance? Take a look at how three simple steps can take your furniture from frumpy to fabulous----in no time!
*STEP ONE: LOOK FOR POTENTIAL
Choose a piece of furniture that has make-over potential; look for classic lines, solid construction and a touch of something special. Then ask ...How can this add a fresh edge to my current style?
When I originally purchased my sofa table (Before, above), pregnant with two pre-schoolers, I had one thing on my mind; it had to be child proof. But now, durability? Forget about it! It's all about adding an interesting pop to my living room---something to style-up my conversation pit and totally work with my fine-casual decor.
When considering a fresh approach for old furniture, think out of the box. Ask How can I reinvent this look to create a completely new personality?
Years ago a marble table top? Not going to happen. Today? That would be a big yes!
For this table I wanted an upscale look that worked with the color palette and texture of my adjoining rooms: Marble was the perfect solution.
So with a bit of a budget in mind, I searched the seconds inventory at a small independent stone outlet near by, for a marble that resembled the color and pattern of my kitchen island-- so the tone and texture flowed from room to room. Once I found the perfect section--at just the right price point-- I had it cut to the dimensions of the original wood top.
Editor's Note: Adding an unexpected element, such as a marble, stone or metal table top is an easy and inexpensive solution when you're looking to restyle old furniture.
Next, the table base was refinished in a warm, putty gray, Benjamin Moore's Rocky Coast #1595, which works well my dark hardwood floors and upholstery's neutral palette. By the way, Benjamin Moore's Color Gallery is a fabulous online tool to help you better select the exact color/shade you're looking for--check it out next time you're searching for that perfect color.
*STEP THREE:RESTYLE, RESTAGE
Putting yesterday's accents on a newly refinished piece of work...out of the question! Refresh your lighting, clear the clutter or add pieces that tell a new story. Ask What accessories will add an interesting fresh vibe?
A quick swap of lampshades, a patinaed stand and the addition of a zinc lantern previously used in an upstairs bedroom, were just the finishing touches needed to pull this final product together. Next, a freshly picked hydrangea from my garden completes the sofa's clean, new look.
The end result? Love. Now this sofa table is the focal point of the living room (after, above), and completely works with my home's aesthetic. What a refreshing change!
It's amazing what a simple can of paint and a little creativity, can do to resuscitate a tired, outdated piece of furniture that would have otherwise been headed out the door. Although the best of my DIY days are over, this project was well worth my time and effort. This piece will clearly have a spot in this house, my next phase three home and any other that may follow after......
Good luck creating a refreshing change of your own, for your own phase three home!