The Coffee table project

One of the first projects we identified for our new home was updating our Ikea coffee table to match the space.  While the minimal black table worked well in other spaces it didn’t really fit in our warm, colourful family room.

Here’s another “before” shot from our condo. You can see how it worked well with the stark white walls and dark furniture.

Living Room 2

We were inspired by a table the previous owners of our home had I commented on every time we came for a showing or looked at their photos on the listing. Brent probably said something like – ‘I can make that’ which I didn’t see as a reality until we ended up with this place and it’s shed and garage perfect for storing hardware!

Not that we got a lot of equipment to make this project happen. Most of it was borrowed from the Ottawa Tool Library – a fantastic new initiative to allow residents of our city an opportunity to borrow and share equipment for a minimal annual fee. We are so on board!

Speaking of boards – these planks are the highlight of our new table! Don’t they look fantastic?! And really pull together with our hardwood floors and butcherblock counters.  For the bottom of the table we visited Malenka Originals a small shop around the corner (nearly!) and picked out this Old Violet Annie Sloan chalk paint.


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