Blue Coffee Bag Side Tables

Upon Carrie’s insistence, I finally went to Goodwill. It was my first Goodwill experience and it was a definitely interesting. When I walked in, I was confused. Was this where old shoes go to die?

But after wondering around for a while, I realized what a goldmine Goodwill can be. It is not a place you walk into and have billions of goodies at your fingertips. Goodwill is a place for hunters.

You have to search and be patience and then find your kill. Well, I found my kill. These cute little nesting tables.

Priced at $5. Awesome.

I carted them home and then later discovered another goodie about these little babies. I think they might be Eames era mid century three-legged spider tables. Double Awesome.

Before you think I ruined an antique, let me first let it known these tables were damaged. The leather like tops (maybe leather, maybe pleather?) had tears on the sides and were also pierced with tacks on the top! So there ya’ go. Nothing wrong going on here.

My initial plans were to cover the tops with coffee bags and paint the legs shabby chic white. I did that but then changed my mind. The white was pretty but wasn’t exactly matching my bedroom decor and our new Anthropologie bed cover. So the legs were then repainted blue.

Here is how I originally made them in white (and then at the bottom of this post, I’ll show you how I converted them to blue).

First the tops were popped off which was easy because they just wiggled off.

The legs were painted white. Then instead of scraping the paint off and damaging the wood — what I did was my favorite aging technique ever…taking a cloth dripping with water (while the paint still wet) and ringing the water out of the cloth so that it washes off some of the paint in selected areas. It is so easy but hard to explain and even harder to photograph since it is done so quickly. Maybe I’ll make a video of it soon! 🙂

Covering the table tops was easy. Since the leather like tops were thin and flat, the leather was left on. The tops were used as a pattern for cutting the coffee bags.The pattern was cut about 1.5 inches from the edge of the top of the table. I should have made it larger because the coffee bags were very firm and a little extra space would have been helpful when turning the edges over.

Time to attach the coffee bags. The coffee bag was laid “pretty side” down. The table tops were laid on top of the coffee bag.

Then the sides were pulled up and glued to the back edge of the table tops, using Gorilla Glue.

To keep the coffee bag and table top pressed together while the glue dried, I secured with these high tech fancy rocks from my patio. Ha! Hey, it worked.

Once dried, the tops were popped back into the legs.

DONE! Well maybe not done?

We needed some small bedside tables in our bedroom.

The white shabby chic tables were pretty but they just didn’t quite go with the design direction I am trying to accomplish in our bedroom.

So, they got a coat of blue paint!

Now they compliment the bedspread better.

I think the blue matches and also goes with the funky eclectic vibe.

There is not a lot of room in our bedroom. These tables are a good fit because they are small yet still provide ample space for a drink or a book beside the bed.

What do you think?