The Sisterhood of the Traveling Coffee Table

3.24.2017

You've probably heard of the movie The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants. Well, this is the story of the sisterhood of the traveling coffee table.



Let's go back to the beginning of the story. My mother had this table custom made several years ago for her family room from wonderful reclaimed wide plank yellow pine. Then she had her family room redecorated and this was a bit too shabby for the new look so she purchased a new table.

The table then moved to my sister's house because she loved this table so and I didn't need one at the time. She kept it in its glorious natural pine finish for awhile, but then decided it would look better painted in her family room. 

Then sis got a cute new coffee table and was ready to let this one go. She called me and asked if I wanted it. I thought sure. I knew it would work in my sunroom in place of the painted bench.

There was just one small problem. The paint was not my thing for my room so I stripped it off. Yep, that's right I wanted the paint removed. 

It was easy to remove the paint and I like the fact that some of the color was left behind.

There are nooks and crannies where the paint stayed.

The gray paint that was on the top left streaks of blue here and there. I used mineral oil to put some moisture back in the wood since that is what I had on hand. It gave the wood a subtle sheen.





This table is much bigger than I remembered it in my mom's or sister's home, but it works just fine in here since my room is pretty spacious.

I'm glad we are keeping this one in the family.

Have a fabulous weekend!


30 comments:

  1. Love it... what did you use to remove the paint?

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  2. I love it. I had a similar table many years ago and wish I still had the thing. I really love the look of 'stripped' paint myself--with remnants of the paint clinging to the groves and imperfections in the wood. Hmmmm....wonder who is next in line for that table? Maybe one of the grandgirls when they get their own place...and trust me---those years will be here before you know it!!!!
    Have a great day. I am off to Chicago (nope-not to shop-darn it)--off to pick up a grandgirl on her way home from visiting Auntie in IN. I will know all about EVERYTHING in life by the time I get home. xo Diana

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  3. That's a happy story. We have some furniture to strip, and I'm going to see whether Citristrip is available.

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  4. I'm lucky enough to have my Grandparents bedroom set. They were married in 1922 so it's pretty old. I just can't bring myself to paint it even though I know it would look just fine. Something about the memories is stopping me. Sounds a bit silly as I type it but it is what it is. I just need a gentle push I think. I think it's wonderful to share and keep special pieces in your family.

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  5. I love it!...Looks great in the room and glad it was kept in the family!....I have seen so many furniture pieces lately stopped of it's paint with a little left behind...a great look!....Happy Friday!!!

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  6. It looks great stripped and in your room! How fun that it started at your mom's, then Kelly then you!

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  7. I love the history of this family table and it really looks great in your space...have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. I'm so glad that you were able to use it. (I knew you would!) I pictured it in your sunroom too. I love a perfect square coffee table as opposed to a rectangular one anyway. I love how it looks with the paint stripped and the bits of paint in the crevices. Gives it an even more interesting antique look.

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  9. I LOVE it....it looks amazing in your sunroom! I"m glad it stayed in the family.....
    Have a great weekend!
    ~Des

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  10. It looks soma home in your sunroom Kim. some things re just better kept in the family☺
    Woohoo... happy weekend.

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  11. FABulous table and I LUV the imperfect strip job!
    Catherine

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  12. It looks so great! I love the blue that was left behind. Pretty!

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  13. That's great that you kept it in the family. It looks great just as you restored it. My mother did not have the greatest taste so I only have one table of hers. I am committed to keeping it for the memories. It is not quite as interesting as yours!

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  14. I really love this table. I am partial to square coffee tables too, or round ones. I love how the paint shows through just a tiny bit. Glad you got it! Have a great weekend. We will have ONE day, tomorrow, at 74. Then back to cold again:( I will make the most of tomorrow!!!

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  15. Great post! That coffee table is a part of the family!

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  16. I love that bits of paint remained in the nooks and crannies...It just adds to the family history of this great piece...

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  17. Kim that table could not be any more perfect for this room. Love the little touches of paint left behind.

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  18. Love the "new" finish Kim! It's perfect!

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  19. I love it. Wish I had space in my den for a shabby chic coffee table.

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  20. I too love your table; I really love it natural, with just a bit of the paint showing through. It would be a perfect table for a game room, sunroom like yours or even a living room. Well done, Kim.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  21. Fabulous job! love it! what did you use to protect your hands? Citristrip ate right thru the paint stripper gloves I bought at Home Depot!

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    1. Barbara, I didn't even have gloves on at first and never really got any on me. I used an old brush to spread it on and then scraped it off. It came off very easily except for the dark base of the gray that left the blue streaks. I did put on some orange gloves that I had that I think I bought when I bought the Citristrip last year. I had it leftover.

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  22. Kim,
    Just goes to show that furniture with good bones has many lives. I like the stripped look with hints of left-over paint.

    Judith

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  23. It DOES look bigger in your space than Kelly's. That's the great thing about good wood furniture, it's versatile and timeless, painted or not. Glad you kept it in the family!

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  24. That table really is gathering some history and it is lovely, I too prefer it in its natural state with just a hint of the colour remaining. Imagine when it is handed down through further generations, that will be quite story! Have a lovely weekend x

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  25. It is a table worth passing around. Has mom requested it back yet?

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  26. It was fun to read that post today as I just sold my own coffee table today and it's travelling to a "manoir"... Of course, it means I've found a "new" one for Cottage... and it's old pine like yours, but much smaller!

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