Up until now, I didn't have a coffee table. All my previous homes had been way too small. It was already difficult to walk between the TV and the sofa... Ok, I'm slightly exagerating, but you get the idea, right?
And then, I moved to the very tiny fisherman's house that is the Little White House... where as tiny as it is, there's room for a coffee table.
Only I couldn't find one that I loved and was affordable.
Jusqu'à présent, je n'avais pas de table basse: une planche sur deux cartons remplaçait comme elle pouvait une table que je ne trouvais pas. C'était soit trop moche soit trop cher.
So I used the Magali method: I find an easy "good til now" solution. I put two cardboard boxes that I wrapped in brown paper in front of the sofa and put an old wood board (leftover from a deceased cheap desk) on top of it.
I did look everywhere for a picture of that masterpiece but couldn't find any.
I thought I would buy a new one later.
But with the big troubles (read here) I had at the Little White House, it soon became out of question.
Avec les problèmes qu'a rencontré ma Petite Maison ces derniers temps, il était utopique d'acheter une table basse cet été.
As I was at my parents during the worst of the renovation of my house, my mum and I took a habit to surf on "Le Bon Coin" (a site where you can find things second hand) every evening.
I found a cheap coffee table in a town really close to my parents'.
Sauf que j'ai trouvé cette table basse en pin pour vraiment pas cher sur Le Bon Coin.
Now, I know there's a hate fashion towards pine on blogs... But that's where I beg to differ... I love pine, always have and maybe always will (I said maybe).
Le pin, c'est pas la mode, mais moi, j'adore depuis toujours.
What I don't love, though, is varnish on pine as it tend to make it look yellowish and shiny... But well, the lady selling it aggreed on 20 €, so off I went home with the varnished table!
Sauf que j'aime moins le pin vernis: ça donne un aspect jaune et brillant au bois... Enfin, à ce prix-là, je l'ai emportée pour faire mes armes dessus.
I told my parents I was going to work a little on it and they looked at me with their eyes saying "it looks perfectly good as it is".
The sanding process began (all by hand, with sanding paper, yes!)... Up there, you can see how different the wood looks without the awful varnish.
And a few days later...
And, yes, it was sunny at least one day this summer!
The top is not varnished (how did you guess?), nor stained really. I applied four coats of a old-English-pine wax. I bought it from the very famous brand Libéron that I had never dared to use before... I felt like someone who just had her driving license and drove a Porsche...
Pour la première fois de ma vie, je me suis offert une cire Libéron... Et je ne regrette pas. J'avais ce sentiment bizarre de conduire une Porsche avec un permis tout neuf, mais cette cire fait vraiment la différence. La quantité de pigments gris permet de donner une jolie couleur au bois, pas jaune du tout.
But clearly, a good wax makes a world of difference: this one has a lot of grey in it, which gives the wood a nice colour, not yellowy at all! And not shiny!
The remodeling of this table would not have been possible without all the blogs around here that showed me it was possible.
Special thanks to:
- Ikea (I never thought I would say thank you to a store!): a few years ago they had white and wood furniture that I bought some item from... They no longer sell the said fruniture, so I have to make my own... and now, it's real wood!
- Pottery Barn: on their site, there's a gorgeous white and wood coffee table, that I dreamed of but couldn't afford at all.
- Sarah, from A Beach Cottage, whose coffee table caught my eye the first time I saw a picture of it!
- My parents who have been very supportive, even if a bit sceptical at the beginning, during the whole process... and now keep an eye on the table until it makes its debut at The Little White House!
Un grand merci à mes parents qui m'ont soutenu pendant tout le temps des travaux de la maison (pas encore finis!) et qui du coup, ce sont retrouvés à poncer des tables et à hésiter avec moi des heures au rayon cire entre 3 ou 4 pots promettant tous la même chose... Merci aussi de garder un oeil sur ma table avant qu'elle ne fasse son entrée officielle dans la Petite Maison!
Magali, from the Little White House
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