The Trendy Sparrow: Coffee Table Redo + A Spring Refresh

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Coffee Table Redo + A Spring Refresh

We are talking about a lot today...a DIY project, a simple spring refresh to brighten your home, plus a rare peek into my home! Are you excited? I know I am! My living room is decorated in a very feminine color palette: mint, blush pink, gold, white, and black. Since I live in an apartment in the city, space can be limited. That means having a fun place to live and work is paramount! 

To add some chic and playful vibes to my apartment, I decided to redo my IKEA coffee table and add some fun spring pillows to my sectional without breaking the bank. I wanted to share these simple and very inexpensive redos with you to give you a little inspiration on how to quickly update your place without feeling like you have to shell out a lot of cash.

First let's start with the before... these nesting IKEA coffee tables are normally very basic and black. The nice part about it is the price tag: $60! Not bad for a coffee table, but rather boring. My sectional also used to be pretty darn naked...with only 1 pillow in each corner. 
I believe the word you are looking for is...meh
Even little Lilly found it to be lackluster and stressful.


I decided to give the coffee table a chic upgrade by adding in some metallic gold elements using liquid gold paint. (*Side note: Why didn't I use spray paint, you ask? 1) I live in an apartment. I don't have anywhere to spray paint. And even if I did...it's crazy cold outside! and 2) Gold spray paint tends to loose it's shine. It is either matte to begin with or becomes matte overtime. I wanted something that would shine!*)

Materials you need:

1. A white base paint - I just used left over primer.
2. A foam brush for the liquid gold - DO NOT USE A REGULAR BRUSH! Why? The liquid gold will ruin it. It's insanely difficult to get out of a brush and chances are you will never use it again. A pack of foam brushes are so cheap that it's okay to use once and toss.
3. Liquid Gold - Available for purchase from Michael's or any hardware store


Before you start: Remove all of the glass and the base of the tables.

Step 1: Start by painting the entire frame with the white base. No need to be perfect. The liquid gold only adhere's to certain materials and metal isn't one of them. By painting the frame with the base paint, we are able to paint with the liquid gold since it will adhere to the paint. 

Lilly finds this part to be very stressful.


Step 2: Paint over the white paint with the liquid gold. *Note* Liquid gold dries FAST!

Step 3: Add the black base back to the bottom of the table after the liquid gold has dried. Do not paint this.


That's it! Wasn't that super fast and easy??? Now you have a table that looks instantly chicer!


After the chic redo of my coffee table, I wanted to add some playful elements to my living room by adding lots of fun pillows to the sectional! Not only are they adorable, but they are super comfortable! The best part? They were only $20 each from Target! I'm obsessed with Target's home decor section right now...mainly because it's mostly my color scheme. Yay for spring colors!

I was able to spruce up my home in a day and for less than $150! Let's go spring!



For more ideas, check out my fashion and accessories Pinterest Boards.

Check out my Etsy Store, The Trendy Sparrow, for wedding paper goods and chic art prints & mugs.

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