ORC Ming Coffee Table Makeover and a New Rug

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If you're visiting my blog for the first time today, welcome!  You picked a good day because I have an update on the family room I'm redecorating for the One Room Challenge.

Today I'm thrilled to share with you my Ming coffee table makeover.  I bought this coffee table  a few weeks ago during a little shopping sojourn in Atlanta with my Mom, who passed along her decorating/shopping/deal-finding gene to me.  It's been useful.  

Here's where it all started.  Poor little Ming was under a pile of craptastic junque - and that makes discovering her even more rewarding. Do you find this to be true?  Apparently Ming had a difficult few years and she was wearing the battle scars to prove it.  

The damage was pretty deep and I had to break out the electric sander to prepare the surface for paint.  There are few things in life I hate more than sanding but I knew it would be worth the extra effort.

Then I primed, but you don't need to see pictures of that. 


I lightly brushed on this "Ivy Green" color acrylic paint.  Have you painted anything with this? I love this stuff because it lays down really well and doesn't show many brush marks, although by this photo you would not think so.

I decided to get creative and mixed up some acrylic paint from the craft section of Wal-Mart.  I squirted a little of both colors in an empty mac & cheese tub and mixed with a spoon until I got a color I was happy with.  We're not very formal around here. 




I very lightly dry-brushed the teal on over the green, let it dry, then dry-brushed on a little more green.  After this dried, I dry-brushed on some black - to give it some depth.



And this is Ming all finished up.  What do you think?  I'm kind of ecstatic about it.  The layering on of color has been great because in the daytime the color is more green and at night it's more teal.  How fun!


And yes, that is a new rug!  Super thrilled with it, too.  It's a high falutin' HomeGoods score. The rug is a printed maze and is heavy enough that it doesn't "creep" on the carpet.  And look, it has a fancy designer label on it.



Next Wednesday it's lights and curtains and whatever else I manage to get done between now and then. You'll come back to see, right?

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67 comments:

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

So fun! Love the color and I would not have thought about using acrylic paint like that. Sure will try it now:-)

That rug!!!! WHY don't I ever find cool stuff at homegoods?!?!?!

Julie said...

That table looks great!

Olga StarDec said...

Well it turned out great!

Christine Dovey said...

The table looks fabulous!

Nancy said...

Fantastic table and rug, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your new blog redesign! It looks so professional and you!
Great job, have a great week.
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Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

She looks wonderful! And I love the rug too.

My Crafty Home Life said...

You have a whole new look to your blog. I love it. Great table transformation.

Beth Connolly said...

Fabulous job on the table and I love the rug.

Nicole Scott said...

Nice paint job! Looks great...you changed your name! Blog looks super!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love how it came out and the rug is fantastic!

Kathleen (Pacific Family Homes) said...

Un- real!! I ADORE your work!! I can't do ANY DIY, so I am very impressed. LOVE the rug! xo

Dee said...

Wow it's amazing what a bit of paint and elbow grease can do.lol I LOVE it! It looks wonderful on your carpet :)

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Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

The table looks fabulous, Kim, and the rug is perfect! Can't wait to see all.
Happy Wednesday.
Teresa
xoxo

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love your finds! I went to HomeSense (Canadian version of Home Goods) to find a rug for my ORC room, and nothing.....I would LOVE something like yours! You room is looking great!

pam {simple details} said...

You have a way with paint, girl! It looks fabulous with that rug! LOVE your new blog look and stylish photo!!

Ashley said...

Damn, Kim, it looks fantastic. You must have an eagle eye to spot a forlorn table under lots of junk. And, I love the new blog look--so clean and fresh, my friend!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

HOLY COW! I am ecstatic with you...the table is awesome. I looks so expensive and rich.

LindsB said...

never in a million years would I guess that you painted that table at home! It totally looks like a high end piece that cost big bucks- love it!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

The green you mixed up is such a nice color - and that rug! I love it!!! The table paired with it looks terrific.

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Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Holy blog makeover, Kim! I think you get extra points for that. I love it and you latest find too.

Matters of Style said...

Wow!! Looks so great!! Fab rug, too!!

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

It's amazing what paint can do!

Heather (love your space) said...

gorgeous. You know I love some updated chinoiserie, and that green is just perfect!

Love the new look of the blog, too!

charmaine said...

Love the table and the rug!

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SHERRY HART said...

OMG....that coffee table is to die! You did a fabulous job and I am so impressed with the paint job. Next time you go thrifting in Atlanta I wanna go :) Love the rug also...I actually saw that very same one at the Mart last week. Great new blog design too!

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Kim, the table looks great and I'm dying over the rug score. So pretty together. Can't wait to see what fabrics are going in there!!

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Kim said...

You rocked this table Kim! Love the color and all the sanding paid off!! also ... love your new design on the blog!! And Seeing your Cute Face!! xo

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Tobe | BIA said...

LOVE it! Must find myself a ming coffee table!

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