Making a Lovely Home: a coffee table and chalk paint

It’s important to me that my home be lovely for my family, guests, and myself. Part of making my home inviting and comfortable is not only keeping it clean, but also in decor choices. While my taste isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, my family and I enjoy the cottage and vintage feel with pops of bright colors.


I picked up this coffee table about three years ago, it wasn’t in much better shape than it is in the photo. My intent was to paint it right away, but pregnancy ended up being my focus.


A year after my fourth baby was born we purchased a home during the holiday season. I’m sure you can imagine just how busy we were with the move, holidays, homeschooling our older three kids, and a busy one-year-old. Needless to say, I still hadn’t made it to revitalizing this coffee table.


We have been in our new home for almost a year. My focus has been on a number of different projects in a plethora of areas. So my coffee table sat untouched and becoming more and more of an eyesore.


A few weeks ago I had a number of friends pop over at different times and we have dinner guests coming here and there over the next month. I found myself being embarrassed by the look of some of my living room furniture. I know I sound silly and they aren’t visiting to see my furniture, but it bothers me. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t feel it’s a true reflection of our family. It doesn’t feel lovely, which affects how we all feel. My couch is a blight, but I can’t do anything about that right now. What I can beautify is my coffee table.


I cleaned my coffee table well with a high-quality microfiber cloth and using exceptional brushes I applied a coat of the best chalk paint. Don’t skimp on the quality of your products, you get what you pay for. Your project will come out so much better if you use superior tools.


After I had an even coat of the blue paint I blended a lighter tone on the ornamental attributes of the table and legs.


I sealed the table with three coats of high-quality water-based sealer and let it cure for 48 hours.


And voila, a beautiful coffee table!


My home has imperfect furniture with some lovely pieces as well. Most importantly it is filled with a family that is lovely and imperfect, so we are a great match. My home feels a little more lovely with this refreshed coffee table adorning the living room.


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