The Coffee Table (Beast) Project Is Now Finished

This project was one of those nightmares that you kind of wish you'd just passed right on by. Or not seen in the first place. 

But lo and behold, after days and days of working on it, it is as finished as I can make it.

Here it was at the beginning. Doesn't look like a nightmare, does it. 

Well looks are deceiving...



Once I started to sand it, pieces started falling off. Three layers worth. 

It's obviously been in a flood and had water damage. But I wasn't stopping now.


I worked with a putty knife and hammer for two straight days. 

I borrowed a sander from Charlie next door. But it didn't make a dent. I ended up buying an orbit sander. Which helped once most of the layers were finally off.

It was going to be manual labor, like it or not.


Here I've worked my way (almost) down to the third layer. First there was paint, then a veneer. And maybe your would call this the second veneer. 

If I never hear the word veneer the rest of my life, I will be happy.


Here we are at the adding putty to the gouges and holes stage. I used an entire tube of wood putty, and was squeezing with all my might to get more out of it by the end.


Here, though it's kind of blurred out, is where I saw a lot of water damage. Every inch of this underside had splits in the layer of wood. The only way to salvage it was to patch it as best I could.


And without further ado, here is the finished product. 

I was lucky enough to find knobs half-price at Hobby Lobby. But I ran into some trouble finding ones with screws thick enough. So my selection was limited.


Oh, but that was not the end of my troubles. 

I thought I was at the finish line when I was putting the drawers, complete with knobs, in. But I was wrong.

When I went to slide the right drawer in, it would not go in all the way. Then I had a heck of a time getting it back out, which damaged it a bit further.

Thus commenced another hour of hammering and trying to get the pieces to fit together tight enough to slide in. Phew! Then another little chunk fell off and I just gave up and painted over it. 

This color looks turquoise, but it is not at all. It's just this light. The color is Behr Marquee Empire Blue.



This is the true color.



So the beast didn't best me after all. But it sure did come close!

There will be no Tweak It this week due to the fall blog tour I'm hosting Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will begin tomorrow morning. 

47 comments

  1. You are far more determined than me.

    It looks great!

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  2. Pretty color! And kudos to you for all your hard work ~ it looks great to me!!

    Looking forward to your tour ~

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  3. Those knobs just make it sparkle! Awesome job. I hate painting. I wished I loved it or even liked it. I appreciate people like you who can turn an ugly duckling into a swan!

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  4. So much hard work on this little beastie! Looks wonderful and the knobs are very cute :)

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  6. Oh, my...that really WAS a beast...but it sure is a BEAUTY now.

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  7. You WON, Brenda!
    Cute little table!!

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  8. It did turn out beautifully, good for you to sticking to the job and getting it done!

    Mary

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  9. Great job, Brenda! I call those the "what was I thinking?!" projects but your perseverance paid off!

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  10. You made lemons out of lemonade. It looks great, but then again, I knew it would :).

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  11. Well it looks good now. Yep, I would have given up after awhile. I like the color and knobs.

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  12. The end result is lovely - as I had no doubt it would be!

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  13. So cute...I love the knobs! Perfect choice!

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  14. It is adorable! Quite a challenge, but you were up to it! Satisfaction! You did a wonderful job.

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  15. You did a great job and didn't let the table get the best of you. It turned out pretty and the knobs are just right too. They added the finishing touch for you... Can't wait to see how you set it up in your home!

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  16. Brenda, that turned out absolutely gorgeous and I hope you feel it was worth your efforts. I know it was a royal pain, but it is a truly beautiful piece that needed your special touch!

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  17. Bravo! Your ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan! Lovely shade of blue.

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  18. Brenda you took it from beast to beauty...love the knobs you added too!!

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  19. Hi Brenda, it turned out great. Love the knobs and the color. cm

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  20. You did it...bravo! It is a pretty color, with pretty knobs. love it. sheila

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  21. Hooray, you got it done and it looks fabulous, Brenda. xo Laura

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  22. I'm proud of you girl...you got-r-done..lol...

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  23. I am impresses with your work and patience Brenda-It looks great!

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  24. It turned out spectacular! Love the color and the knobs you found. Gorgeous!

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  25. Seriously great job, Brenda! You made that little beast shine. Love the knobs too :)

    xo,
    rue

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  26. Hi Brenda!
    I am so glad you stayed determined,to finish this project, although there was never a doubt in my mind that you wouldn't :)
    The beast turned out beautifully, love the knobs too!
    Xo
    Jemma

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  27. I love the color! Congrats on all the manual labor...but it looks nice!

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  28. I love the color! Congrats on all the manual labor...but it looks nice!

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  29. What a labor of love, but SO worth the effort. Love the color and those pretty knobs too.

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  30. Your persistence paid off Brenda. Great job!!

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  31. My goodness, that sure was a lot of hard work, Brenda!
    Your table look great. I hope it last you for a long time.
    I'm looking forward to your Fall Home Tours tomorrow.

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  32. I love that you kept at it, Brenda...I would have caved! lol! Beautiful, I hope you share another snap of it in place so we can see the true color.

    Jane x

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  33. Yay, Brenda! I knew you could do it...turn the beast into a beauty. It looks great and I love the knobs you found for it.

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  34. You really got that table looking great, Brenda!

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  35. I love the color! You did a great job!

    Kathy

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  36. Congratulations on a job well done. I hope you will look at your new coffee table and think to yourself, "I fought the table and I won" ! Now, rest if you must..............you didn't give up.
    The knobs look like you picked them from your garden. Very pretty. From your paint swatch it looks like it is kind of a Williamsburg blue. Nice !
    Waiting to see what your next project will be. :-)
    Charlotte

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  37. Brenda, I am very impressed. I would have junked it way before now! It turned out great!

    Linda

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  38. Impressive amount of work. Well done! We've heard about all of the prep details ( very valuable information) but nothing about the Behr paint which sponsored the project. We know you are honest with a capital H. Many of us do not have your skills with paint and would like to know what works.

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    1. I have to do a separate post for them in October. So I will be giving out all that information then.

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    2. Thanks, Brenda. I want to paint my front door. I just finished painting a very small back entryway white and the white I chose went on clumpy and looks pink! I'll be waiting for your review.

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  39. I know it was an enormous amount of work but it looks great! That color is so pretty

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  40. Oh don't you just hate those beasty pieces, had one myself recently so I feel your pain. Your perseverance paid off in the end - it's gorgeous! Love the color.

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  41. Congrats on a beautiful outcome! Your hard work and persistence truly paid off - it's adorable!

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  42. It looks great! I know you had a hard time, but it was worth it... And it actually gives me hope for a cabinet I have that has water damaged veneer. I should paint it... when I have enough energy!

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