I don’t know WHY I DIY the projects I do.  I realize that sounds a little “Seussical”, but here’s what I mean.

I know I could find lamps for my living room at any number of retail sources, but when this pair of fantastically ugly ones entered my world, I knew they were the ones.  It was as though we were meant to be together.  Plus, I love spray paint.  I mean, I really L.O.V.E. spray paint. 



Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  And a new shade.

Perfect perfect perfect.

Another example – For those of you connecting with me on the soulstyle facebook page, this project is old news.  BUT, worthy of writing about because I want to it was so easy and SO beautiful.

The Mister and I popped in to one of the Antique/Old Junk markets that we regularly stalk, and I turned a corner and there she was – the most beautiful, scarred, old, battered dining room table.

Problem with this is we already HAVE a dining room table, which I spent hours days weeks painting and re-upholstering just a couple years ago. And I adore it.

What we needed was a coffee table, for the living room, to live with those amazing new lamps.  In Misters never ending quest to make me happy, he figured he could just cut the legs down on that dining height beauty and she would be a coffee table.

And so it was.
Another view….

And just one more so the awesome-ness is fully absorbed….


In all, we took about a foot out of the centre of the legs – basically just removing the smooth portion of the leg, so that all the lovely turns in the legs would still be there.  Mister drilled some holes in the chopped legs, glued in some dowels, and re-attached them together.
In this particular instance of creative genius, I was really just the driving force as opposed to offering any wisdom.
My need for instant gratification probably wouldn’t have resulted in thinking about leg integrity – chalk one for males logic vs. females quest for beauty.

I think my obsession with Craigs List & Kijiji drive this project list.

These two in particular caught my eye and were quite the impressive score really.

Deets to follow, another day, another Musing.

I’ve not answered the question at all – why I DIY. I like having things in my home that are  ‘different’, that feel special…I love pieces that have history & character in them….I love when something turns out amazing and it was cheap like borscht…..and most of the time I have no specific plan, but I also have no fear of an epic fail either.
Oh, and I love spray paint – I mentioned that, right?
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  1. Tracy, that is such a beautiful transformation! I just saw it on Remodelaholic’s link party. The wall caught my eye, that is beautiful too! It is unique, and not something anyone else will have, something to treasure.

  2. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says:

    That table made a gorgeous coffee table! What a great find! And please, I must know more about your wall. Is that some sort of wood panel? Is it a painted design? It’s stunning!

    • Thanks so much Kristi! And the wainscot IS fabulous – I’ll be doing a post all about it and the company I worked with soon — I’ll be sure to add it to your party when I do! Tracy

  3. The table looks fantastic- what a great idea! Also, that trim work in your living room is soo beautiful- I want to know more! Please share.

  4. So beautiful, what a great idea to shorten the legs! I love spraypaint, too, your new lamps are gorgeous!

  5. Lovely!

  6. Just wanted to let you know I featured your table in my Coud de Coeur of the week post.

  7. wow love your new coffee table. Great blog by the way will be stopping by more often

  8. Well done for being so creative. The table is lovely.

  9. i love getting things off of craigslist and at the goodwill too!! it makes me sick when i think of how much money i have spent on furniture in the past. the cheapies that i get from thrift stores and re-do are so much more beautiful and meaningful. and so much more personal(ized)!!! i love the cut down dining table as a coffee table…

    i LOVE your wainscot walls. it looks gorgeous. so different. so unique!!

    great ideas!

    hugs, cindy

    • And again, thank you thank you Cindy! I’m such a total CL and thrift store hunter – way cheaper, AND you get to make it what you actually want/need…xo Tracy

  10. Beautiful work, Cindy!
    I too have an extra dining table and am in need of a coffee table:
    Is electric saw required to cut the legs or could I use some type of manual saw? If so, would you please share what to use so I may attempt it.
    Thanks so much for your reply and sharing your creativity and ideas.

    • Thank you Nancy – I’ll let Cindy know 🙂 I think it might be difficult to get a smooth, even cut with a manual saw – a skil saw or whatever power saw you’re comfortable with is quick and effective. Then drill holes in each side of the ‘new’ legs, add some wood glue and a dowel, and attach them together. Good luck, I hope your table turns out awesome! xoT


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