Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table

I’m always a sucker for a good Cinderella story. (And just so you know, every time I hear that phrase, my brain flashes to this scene.)

Lately, we’ve been witnessing a real life Cinderella story as one of Robert’s old high school friends is in a high-steaks culinary competition, sort of the Carolinas version of Top Chef. This guy grew up in the backwoods with Robert, started working in a restaurant in his early 20s, took over for the chef one night who got a hand injury, taught himself how to cook, and is now up against the best culinary artists in the Southeast. He’s a magician when it comes to good Southern food. We’ve been cheering him on watching his story unfold.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

Those Cinderella stories at always the best. It’s fun to see the underdog come out on top. So every time I take a trip to my local thrift store, I’m always on the hunt for the underdog. This time around, I didn’t find an underdog quite as sad looking as our dining chairs, but it wasn’t really the leader of the pack either.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

I couldn’t believe this table was only $20. And if it weren’t for a gash on the corner of the tabletop, it would have been pretty great as-is. But that one flaw gave me the opportunity to play! I can never leave well enough alone anyway.

Those are some sexy legs, don’t you think? Me-ow!

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

One of the hardest parts, for me, on furniture makeovers is actually figuring out a plan. I’d thought about a chippy white finish, another Duck Egg piece like our kitchen chairs, or stripping it to do a Restoration Hardware salvaged finish to keep that pretty wood grain. But you guys always come to my rescue when I have to call in reinforcements on this sort of thing on Facebook and Instagram.

The overwhelming majority said chippy white. And wouldn’t you know, after painting with several coats of Linen MMS Milk Paint, the darn thing didn’t chip. So I got sandpaper happy and really roughed it up.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

I sanded down the top too because it was fairly scratched up to begin with. I’d planned on staining it with my usual and favorite method, but Robert walked into the garage to check out my progress and said I should leave the wood raw. This guy hardly ever has an opinion on this sort of thing, so when he does, I listen.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

I gave the top a dose of liming wax to show off that pretty wood grain even more and seal it. It turned out awesome! And certainly unique. Of course, pictures don’t do it justice.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

I had a little fun styling it in our living room. I almost wanted to keep it, but I resisted since I lurv our card catalog coffee table. (Notice the pink sticker that somebody decided to decorate the carpet with? Just keepin’ it real, y’all.)

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

This baby is already going to a good home.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

Just so you know, all of these shots really make me want to get an area rug for our living room even more. It’ll happen eventually I hope. It’s probably why I haven’t really had a post yet entitled “Living Room Reveal” because, to me, this room isn’t quite there yet. It’s getting there.

Aside from stickers sometimes decorating our carpet, we have constantly recurring doggy butt dents on the back of our loveseat. Little weirdo thinks she’s a cat.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

Check out that lime waxed top though! It’s smooth as butta and has all kinds of grain goodness.

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

Chippy White Lime Finished Coffee Table | Bless'er House -  Love the lime waxed natural top!

Not much of an underdog now, is it? Sure, it’s still roughed up, but at least this time it’s intentional.

To see more of my past furniture makeovers, you can check them out here. Now I’m ready to find more pieces to paint! I wish underdogs like this one came around more often.

Let me know what you think!

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56 Comments

  1. this table is stunning. I absolutely love it. wish i had been the lucky recipient of this table. I am so anxious to look at your other makeovers.

  2. I love a good Cinderella story too! You sure turned that coffee table into a beautiful and unique piece. Thanks for sharing with us at The Creative Circle. I always enjoy reading your posts!

  3. I love this – this is my first time checking out your blog and I just HAVE to share it with my mom! I can’t wait to check out some of your other projects. We will be moving soon and I told the hubby that “this time” we need to decorate our new place. Now I know a great place for some inspiration. 🙂

    1. Eek! Yay! That makes me so happy! Thank you, Krysten! 🙂 Hope to see you around here again.

  4. It looks awesome Lauren. I thought you might put it upstairs in your family room. Glad you found a good home for it. I love the lime wax finish you gave it. Who makes that? I have been a bad bad girl and just put in another massive order with Hobby Lobby. That little wood crate with preserved boxwood in it is so cute. Was it from Hobby Lobby? You hardly see any preserved boxwood here yet and what is in the shops is pretty sad unfortunately. Hopefully we start to see more or I will just import it myself.

    1. Thanks, Relle! Our upstairs family room is the room of the house where we’ve just let Olivia take over. We’ve designated it her playroom and it is always a mess…but I embrace it. That messy room means she’s exploring and growing. 🙂 So we decided a coffee table would just be in the way up there. The lime wax I used was actually just a mixture of 1 part white paint to 3 parts clear wax that I mixed up myself. But Briwax also makes a liming wax. I found that little preserved boxwood in the clearance section of Marshall’s about a year ago and it is the cutest thing. I need more of those little guys because that one is always moving around in different places of our house. Hopefully you get preserved boxwoods your way soon. I don’t typically see them in stores in my area either though. I just got lucky with that one. 🙂

  5. I loveeee how it turned out. I might need you to come over and help me with our coffee table. It needs some major help! We ordered it off Etsy…and it came stained…but not poly’d. Well I poly’d the top and wouldn’t you know the whole thing warped like crazy! The metal frame is still good but both the top and bottom wooden pieces have to be completely redone. 🙁 Let me know if any ideas come to mind! You can see it in this picture pretty well. http://instagram.com/p/s0U8RfxmYG

    1. Oh no! And they’re both so pretty! I want a sofa table just like yours. I don’t know how badly it warped but I would email the seller and let them know. You could maybe sand it down, restain (maybe the tea/vinegar/steel wool method), and use a spray poly instead of the kind you apply with a paint brush so it gets a light, even coat. I’m so sorry that happened to you!

  6. It’s beautiful Lauren! My favorite part: This guy hardly ever has an opinion on this sort of thing, so when he does, I listen. That’s the way it is in our home. And my dear… you have some great furniture find karma because I never find stuff that looks that good for that cheap! I got 4 cane chairs (2 with arms and 2 regular) and was excited to get them for $150 and I see people getting them for $20/piece all over the place. So.not.fair! 🙂 But in all seriousness, great job!

    1. Thanks, Amy! I just mixed 1 Tbsp. of white paint with 3 Tbsp. of clear furniture wax. But Briwax also makes liming wax already mixed too.

  7. Hey Lauren,
    Another great transformation…..you did well! It looks great in your living room, but I think I’m a bit curious how it would look with the top stained! 🙂 I love how you styled it, too – I’m always looking for a good ideas for the styling part…. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

    1. I’m curious how it would look stained too, but I’m glad I went out of my comfort zone with this one and tried something new. If we were keeping it in our living room, I probably would have stained it for contrast. But since it’s going to a new home, I think it’ll be awesome in a room with more than just the all cream colors I have going on. Always appreciate the sweet comments you leave, Lanita. 🙂

      1. beautiful. I have a similar coffee table. I would like to use your same technique. I have never used liming wax. Do you have tutorial?

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