Faux Planked Coffee Table Makeover- Card Catalog Style

There are moments in my attempt to decorate our house that my old English teacher personality kicks in.
It probably has something to do with being raised by a librarian who passed down her love of literature to me. There are two things that I always find myself circling back to when I envision our home: lots of old, worn out but well-loved books and vintage card catalogs.
My mom has told me several times that a few old card catalogs sat completely unused as dust-collectors in her library for years before they were finally hauled away to goodness knows where. If she could have forseen my infatuation with them, she probably would have saved one for me. I love my mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚  But since the card catalogs of the past are no more, and buying one usually costs somewhere in the upper hundreds-low thousands range, I took matters into my own hands.
Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table

Several months ago I came across this trunk coffee table that had amazing potential and tons of functionality. A win/win all the way around. But the paint job on it was pretty sad, and it was too beige along with our already beige living room.
Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
I managed to haggle the seller on Craigslist down to $50, and I was so ecstatic to go to work on it.
Then, it sat in our living room for a long time as I imagined up a million different ways to refinish it. (Sometimes the hardest part of painting furniture is figuring out your game plan.)  
In the end, this was the winning look.
Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
And it has color!!! I usually shy away from color but she needed some personality. ๐Ÿ™‚
Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
You can check out how I created the faux planked top from yesterday’s post. For the rest of the table, I painted it with a mixture of 1 part Annie Sloan Pure White and 1 part Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue.

Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
I let it dry for 24 hours, then rubbed on a layer of Minwax Finishing Paste in Clear (since I had some lying around) followed by a layer of Annie Sloan Dark Wax.
Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
I found the card catalog hardware online at D. Lawless Hardware for just 60 cents each! I’m forever hooked on that site. (I swiped the original hardware to use for Olivia’s dresser makeover.)
So now, they’re not only cute, but they’re super functional in keeping our DVDs organized. (We’re a big movie watching crowd. We already have an entire cabinet devoted to them and that still wasn’t enough.)

Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table

This sucker is the mother of all toy storage. If we ever have a surprise visit and need to clean our house in a jiffy, this little feature is a lifesaver. Our house was an absolute mess while I was making over this table in the garage. Plastic lego nightmare city.

Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
I’m so glad I went with the subtle color that I’m slowly working in. It really compliments our shutters on the wall.

Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table

Lola is, of course, completely enthralled by the whole thing.

Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table
Since Lola isn’t being very opinionated, tell me what you think! I read each and every one of your comments and I do a happy bum-wiggle dance after all of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Next on the project list is a bookcase for our naked looking wall behind the couch and a little more wall art. Once we add a rug, this room will mostly be done! Well…I say that but you know decor-obsessed people never truly finish a room. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. I am looking for inspiration for a very similar coffee table that I am picking up tomorrow morning and I just found it on your page! I was wanting to have a little pop of color. I had to comment because we must have very similar taste. We have the same couch and love seat but mine is charcoal. We also have a very similar design on our curtains, but mine are blue. I am hoping to incorporate that blue into the new coffee table to compliment the curtains and help pull the room together. Wish me luck. This will be the first piece that I am going to try to refinish. I have many more pieces that I would like to work on for my new home. I hope that it turns out as nice as yours!!

  2. Hi Lauren!! I follow you on Instagram and love your blog as well! I just love how you take thrift store finds or craigslist items and transform them. Your home is gorgeous! I also love how you show that you bought a “builder grade home” and transformed it into the home you wanted! Genius. There are so many women out there with the same issue and seeing that you do it on a budget is great! I was actually reading your blog about how you painted your bathroom cabinets. I need to do that. When we built our home we skimped in the master bathroom and put these horrible laminate wood looking cabinets in. yuck I don’t even think you can paint them. Anyway thanks for all the tips! Love your stuff. My name is Debbie you can find me @allthingsnewinteriordesigns on Instagram.

    1. Thank you, Debbie! We’ve had a lot of fun in this house these past 3 years. Always an adventure. I’ll have to check out your IG! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi! This is beautiful! I saw where you got the hardware for the drawer pulls, but do you know where I could find the handles for the sides and the corner pieces? I want to try and make something like this. Thank you!

    1. Thank you! I’m not totally sure about the handles and corner pieces since the table came with those already on it. But I’ve seen similar ones in the hardware aisle of Lowe’s.

  4. Hi Lauren I have just found your blog through a link on Pinterest, you’re house is amazing. We are currently trying to re-do our 3 up 2 down end of link house with the smallest budget in the world lol. You have given me so many ideas and so much inspiration, I will definately be visiting your blog daily x

    1. Thank you so much, Sian! I’m so happy to hear you’re loving it! I know EXACTLY how it is to have “the smallest budget in the world.” ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s a fun challenge though.

  5. I love it! Any idea what company it is made by? Might make my Craig’s list search easier. Love the toy storage.

    1. Thanks, Melissa! That toy storage is a huge sanity saver! I’m not 100% positive, but I think it was originally from Pottery Barn. I saw a wooden coffee table that looked exactly like mine that was PB brand once. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Yours is indeed the Pottery Barn apothecary table (featured in an episode of Friends where Rachel tries to pass it off as a flea market find because Phoebe is opposed to the “big corporation”). I’ve had mine for close to 15 years and I have a can of chalk paint waiting, but didn’t have the nerve. I think I know what my project will be over the holiday break!

        1. Haha! I just googled it and you’re right! That is too funny. I’ll forever think of Phoebe and her hatred for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I guess you’ve grown used to your beautiful coffee table by now. I absolutely love love love everything about it, and would love to make something similar if I could ever be lucky enough to find something like your table. Great job!

    1. Thanks, Marilyn! We are so used to it I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with it. It is the bombdiggity when it comes to storage. Otherwise, our living room would look like a tornado hit it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I adore that table! With 2 blind roommates who call coffee tables “shin biters” I’ll probably never have one again, but I, too, adore card catalogs. I wanted to be a librarian and filed in card catalogs during my school years and think those are great. Love the looks, love the little storage drawers, just love them. I came to your site via Hometalk, and I love what you did in your breakfast area.

    1. Thanks so much, Leah! I can definitely see how your roommates came up with that name. I’m not blind, and I run into our furniture all the time…pretty sure mine has a big clumsy factor involved. Haha I’m so glad you found my little blog. It’s great having you here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love your coffee table! Annie Sloans duck egg blue is also my accent color and am finding it a soothing addition to our house. Thanks so much for your postings….one of my favorites!

  9. I absolutely love your coffee table Lauren! I saw one very similar at our Restore a while back and have NO idea why I didn’t grab it ๐Ÿ™ I’m sure they’re hard to come by! And your color is perfect and that hardware, too! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Your Turn To Shine… featuring you this week ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kendra @ http://www.joyinourhome.com

  10. This is a perfect piece of furniture for your living room, Lauren! I LOVE the color of paint that you choose (and also agree that choosing your game plan is the hardest part!) You did an amazing job!

  11. You are so talented! This is such a gorgeous piece and it looks beautiful in your home. I know you’re not looking to sell it, but someone would definitely pay upper hundreds of dollars for this!
    P.S. I also love card catalogs! I’ve been keeping my eye out for one ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’ve been keeping my eye out for one in my area but whew! They’re a pretty penny. Thanks so much for the love! Apparently, my mother-in-law has called first dibs if I ever decide to get rid of it one day. I don’t plan on letting go of it any time soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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