Coffee Table Redo – Turning Trash into gold

We’ve been slowly redoing the house we bought earlier this year. We did a little bit of yard work just cleaning it up, since it was vacant for over a year. But the main thing has been freshening up the inside. With that we needed furniture. We had lived with my dad for the couple of years it took us to find a house. Yep, years. I wont get into the almost buys and that one time we rented a place for 1 day.
So we went from two rooms to two stories. I like nice things, and Cam like cheap things. Don’t get me wrong, I like my nice things to be cheap, and he likes his cheap things to be nice. So it will probably take us two years to furnish this house. I’m almost done with most of the rooms, just a few little things in each. The bathrooms really didn’t need much in the way of furniture, but I’m still “perfecting” them. I can spend two hours rearranging a bookcase and half the time I’m just staring at it, maybe moving something over an inch, backing up, staring again. There is probably some head tilting.
Anyway, our house was built in probably the late 1960’s so I’m decorating it in a mostly mid-century/hollywood style with a bit of hippy chic. So, I had found this credenza a month or so back at a local thrift store. It was marked 40.00, which was decent, but it wasn’t the exact style I would have liked and really. 40 at a thrift store. I don’t think so.
Then about two weeks ago, I went back in to check things out, they have a great book selection too. And it was still there, marked down to 20. And there was an okay coffee table that would work, just needed a little TLC. That was 10. I’m an over thinker, so I went home and debated. I didn’t want to kick myself in the butt for not getting it, so I went the next day. Which was Halloween. Lucky for me they were having a 30% off sale on all furniture. WHHHHAAATT. Got both for 22.00. Add in two cans for gold paint at 4 dollars each and it’s still around 30. I didn’t paint the credenza. But I have, I think, enough to paint this ugly metal side table we’ve had.

I used kilz as my primer, I had a lot left after painting our kitchen cabinets.

I decided to tape off the legs. Just to break up the gold and I thought it would look more “original”.

I ended up using 1.5 cans, probably 3 thin coats.

I really like how it turned out. My cousin in law loves it too. I think all I need in the family room is different curtains, replace the gun cabinet with some open shelves, and maybe a rug.