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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Our picked-up-off-the-side-of-the-road coffee table + upcycled glass bottles

I alluded to it last week and once before, but I need to share some proper photos of our picked-up-off-the-street coffee table. Earlier this summer, we were driving home and I noticed a wooden coffee table on the side of the road. I asked my husband to turn the car around so we could stop and check it out. It appeared to be left from a yard sale or recent move, as it had nail polish stains/spills, stickers and other markings covering it. I loved the style/shape of it, so we loaded it into the trunk. I had hopes of sanding and painting it. You know the saying "one man's trash is another's treasure?" Well, I was thinking this was my time to make the saying into reality.

While we were visiting Brandon's mom in Tennessee, she gave him an electric paint sprayer. As you may imagine from our home reno, my husband is all about power tools ((and any new toy tool)). So, while my plans for painting the table myself didn't take shape, we do have a nicely painted coffee table thanks to my husband's excitement over his newest power tool. Seriously, I am so grateful he did this project because I doubt it would have turned out so well had I taken it on. I don't have as much patience or experience when it comes to sanders and paint. The only thing I can take credit for is the knob because I picked it out at Hobby Lobby ;-)

I am just thrilled with the way it turned out! I love the way the light reflects off of it to brighten our entire living room. I only sort of miss our first coffee table which Brandon built out of an old window ((pictured here)), but it's still in our living room being used as a bench. He replaced the window top with wood planks because two of the glass panes had broken and it was no longer suited for coffee table feet resting. We also plan to hang the window elsewhere once we remove the glass panes entirely.

I love the change to our living room so much, I decided to create a centerpiece for the new coffee table. What else would I use besides glass bottles ((if you're new here read about the first time I re-purposed glass bottles into home decor or when I redecorated the mantle with glass bottles and twine))?! I keep a "collection" of used, empty glass bottles and then when I'm inspired to create a new centerpiece, I go through them to decide what size/shape I want to use.

For this project, I used two different kinds of spray paint, a frosted glass one that did wonders for our bathroom window and a metallic silver. I also rediscovered my small sea glass collection and love how they look displayed together. Not surprisingly, the dulled texture of the frosted bottles reminds me of sea glass, making them a near perfect summer arrangement.

What projects have you been working on lately?


  1. Seriously!?! Why do I never find tables on the side of the road?! It looks amazing! Not currently working on any projects...too busy around these parts ;)

  2. Great find! Our "new" coffee table is still waiting for a makeover, but I think using a power sprayer would be a welcome enticement! Your hubby did a great job, and it looks so new and refreshed!
    ps. I also adore the bottles :)

  3. Looks so great Beth! It is so fun to find sweet 'trash' and make it something awesome!

  4. That is so exciting! It would be great on my blog hop I'm hosting today. Check it out and link up!

    Wanderlust Wednesday Link-up #1!

  5. It looks so great! I love it!! I never find things like that on the side of the road. So glad you spotted it and turned around to get it! Such a great find!

  6. I LOVE the way the table turned out and the centerpiece you made is amazing! It works so perfectly - well done!

  7. WHAT?! this is awesome, beth! you did such a great job! and your blog redesign is looking AWESOME!

  8. Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower! I love how this table turned out, and love the bottles! :)


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