1 Cakes & Louie: For now

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

For now

While on the hunt for a new coffee table over the weekend, I made the mistake of going into West Elm, where I KNEW I would likely find something I loved, and then not be able to afford it. Well, I was right, and I fell head over heels for a new table that I've decided is the table for us, but at $500 is a little out of reach.

Behold, the new "Rustic Storage Coffee Table" - which combines the style I'm going for plus concealed storage (awesome) AND a lift-top for snacking while watching TV (more awesome). It's also the perfect size for our tiny little living room - bigger than an end table but still not huge and won't take up the entire floor in front of the couch. 

Isn't it gorgeous? 

So, while I wait for the day this baby goes on sale (I assure you I am checking no less than 3 times a day, and it's brand new so I know I've got awhile), I decided to do the smart thing and find a cheap stand-in on craigslist that I can have a little fun with. Luckily, I scored an awesome little table for $20 last night from a couple in the city, and it is also a great size for our space, so I'm happy. It definitely does need a little love though, so I'm currently trying to decide exactly what it is I want to do with it.

My original plan was to paint the base white and stain the top nice and dark a la Centsational Girl...

...but I'm not sure if that would be a good idea since there are some dark marks on the top of the table I got that may or may not sand off. If they don't sand off, I'll have to figure out a color to paint the entire table, and I'm not sure I want it to be white. I've noticed lately that there is an abundance of blue throughout our house, so any shade of that is out of the question. And, I already have a bunch of other fun colors on various craigslist finds throughout the house - such as my yellow dining room cabinet, navy kitchen cart and kelly green console table in the entryway. Clearly, there is no lack of color in my home :). 

We have about 30 people coming to our house for breakfast bright and early Saturday morning, so this project will definitely be a quick one. I'll be sure to post photos of the final product!


  1. We decided that the table we bought does not work for that room and are returning it!

  2. i am also obsessed with that table! storage and snacks really is the best combination i can think of :)