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playroom table update


this post could alternatively be called “update on an old table”  or “nice legs!” ;)

our playroom/school room is a constant work-in-progress.  our needs change often, so we have to be pretty flexible to change with them.  when the kids were little, we usually had a coffee table in the middle of the room for additional surface space.  even though the kids all have their own work space, we tend to migrate towards the center of the room, and when we’re doing school, the kids work at the table with me.


but the kids are bigger now, and their big ol’ knees don’t fit under the coffee table anymore on the bitty chairs we’ve had.  darn growing kids ;)


so then an easy solution was a large 6 foot folding table with a table cloth tossed on it.  the size was nice – it gave us plenty of work space.  but it was almost too big and really wasn’t very pretty.

we still had the old round coffee table sitting in our garage (after we had replaced it with our reclaimed wood coffee table), and i thought we should try to revamp it as our new school room table.  having a round table is really nice in a square room that has a lot of traffic going around it in all directions.  the rectangle table seemed so inconvenient some days.  i just needed a new base on the round coffee table.  i was thinking maybe taking off the legs and putting it on a wine barrel, but then there’d be no leg room.  and then i though logically (imagine that!) and decided to just replace the legs.


the home depot to the rescue, once again!  there were actually a few options of the height of legs that i needed, but i decided to just go with simple legs that were similar to the original ones.  we easily removed the old legs, and sean installed the new ones (they needed a couple cuts, so i delegated the job to him).  all i had to do was slap on a couple coats of the original leg paint and it was done.


now we have a normal height table with plenty of space, but still lots of room to move around it!

and now for a little honesty.  while i’ve been working on the half of the room you see in the picture above, the rest of the room has been a disaster!  so before you think my house is always clean and pretty, please know that for many of my pictures i am shoving the junk and toys aside to get a prettier picture.


details on the room:

table leg color: mermaid’s net by behr

wall color: christopher robin’s swing (home depot)

rug: old, target

white chairs: ikea

built-in desks: my husband’s company, onesource home solutions

chalkboard wall details

wood crate book shelf



reclaimed wood coffee table {& a little rearranging!}

reclaimed wood coffee table

after coming home from craft weekend, i was so inspired to get moving on some projects i’ve been hesitant to start.

and after christmas, it was time to rearrange my living room furniture to take place of the missing tree, so one project lead happily to another.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i was ready to rearrange my living room furniture, but the empty space in front of the windows was hard to fill.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 this vintage baby crib has been in our home for about 5 years, moving from the playroom to the front porch, to the back yard.

the spacing is a little tricky in my living room, with the front door opening right into it.  that and the fact that the playroom is right off the living room, and i have to have an open walkway to it.

the crib is the perfect size to fit the space – it can be centered in front of the windows and still leave room for a path across the room.  and with 2 large couches, a smaller piece of furniture was necessary to balance things out.

reclaimed wood coffee table

we also got a new rug.  we had a great jute rug that held up really well, but finally started to ravel apart after about 5 years.  i really wanted to get a rug from this site during their black friday sale, but i could not decide on a pattern!  i think a chevron or herringbone would look great, but i know that i would tire of it.   since  big ticket purchases aren’t something i make easily or often, i knew we needed something more neutral and classic.

this rug is from costco and was a great deal!  its about 8’x10′ and was just under $200.  it is really soft and plush (the kids love rolling around on it!).

but with this great expanse of floor, our other options for coffee tables seemed too dinky.  my parents were in town and my dad is always up for a good project so i asked him to help me make a big ol’ coffee table.  he said yes ;)

reclaimed wood coffee table

 we have a great local source for free weathered wood, and we’ve been stashing away wood for projects.  my mom also found these casters at a garage sale awhile back for me.  yes, my parents are awesome!

all of the wood was reclaimed, my favorite being the green painted skirt under the table top – that wood came all the way from my parents’ house, salvaged when their siding was replaced.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 somehow, despite making measurements, our first attempt at the coffee table was, well, huge.  like dance floor huge.

so we took a break, and then started over.  well, we took it apart a bit then cut it down, and put it back together.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i love the final product!

i still need to sand it down a bit and slap a clear coat on it, but i’ll get to that eventually.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 we also built the table to a finished height of 20″, where the standard is closer to 16″.  the kids work at the coffee table a lot and their knees always bonk into it, so i raised the surface height a bit so its a better work surface.

reclaimed wood coffee table

 i love that this table will be able to serve a variety of functions and will work when i rearrange the furniture again, ’cause you know i will!

reclaimed wood coffee table

the best part of it all, besides spending a couple days of quality time with my dad?  the table was free.  yep.  F.R.E.E.