Published at Saturday, July 27th 2019. by Jolanka Bauer in Coffee Table.
If you desire a coffee table with archaic plea, look no further than your local flea market or your nearest neighbor's garage sale.
#1 POP OF PATINA
Showcase the natural patina of a worn wood‐topped cart by cleaning and refinishing the surface with a clear sealant.
Draw out the natural wood tones by painting the metal frame with teal chalk‐finish paint. Pops of blue throughout this living room create a 'complementary' color scheme.
#2 NAILED DOWN
When the structure is good but not so pleasing to the eye, a flea market discover could still be flipped into a desirable piece.
Attaching upholstery could go a long way in making a coffee table a focal point. Finish it off with shiny nailhead detail to highlight your stylish fabric choice.
#3 FASHIONABLE FACTORY
If you find an old factory cart at your local flea market, you've struck furniture gold!
Refinish the wood however you please because the wrought‐iron wheels and framing would be conversation starters, no matter how rustic or refurbished the surface.
Factory carts are heavy‐duty and would stand up to the scuffs and scrapes of resting feet.
#4 VELVET LOVE
If you discover an old metal table with a cracked or stained glass top, there's a fun and quick fix for it!
Detach the glass and spray‐paint the metal frame gold. Replace the top with plywood that has been upholstered with a tufted velvet cushion.
You'll have a chic coffee table that doubles as a comfy footrest!
#5 BASKET CASE
To fix up a wicker basket you found at the flea market, start by dusting away dirt with a soft brush.
Repair any broken spots with wood glue and strips of reed. After drying, feel free to stain as you would a 'wooden coffee table'.
#6 SIMPLY DISTRESSED
Make a garage sale find blend into your quaint sitting room with a bit of elbow grease. Use a distressing technique to imbue years of age into a newer coffee table.
Light furnishings balance the dark "aged" marks.
#7 TRUNK TLC
A little spiffing up is all it takes to create the best vintage coffee table. A hefty old trunk‐perhaps hiding in your grandparents' attic‐just requires a quick cleaning before being placed front and center in a den.
Be sure to test any cleaners on trunk materials like leather and brass in inconspicuous areas before giving the whole piece a scrub down.
#8 GREAT OUTDOORS
Don't forget about your outdoor rooms! A front porch sitting area wouldn't be complete without a vintage coffee table.
The perfect kind of flip is the sort where you don't have to make any changes at all! Easy finish your flea market find with an outdoor‐friendly sealant, and let the natural age work it's magic.
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