Cottage Style Coffee Table

About two weeks ago, on a very foggy and damp morning, my youngest and I went on what we thought was going to be a quick trip to pick up a coffee table.

I was on a mission, and my youngest wasn’t about to let me leave the house without him.

When I met the lady to pick up the table, I quickly realized it wasn’t exactly like the picture I had seen.  The entire center section was warped and the edges were coming up out of the table.  The paint was pealing off in not one, but several different places.  The lady was so sweet and something in me just couldn’t say no.

So, I paid her, more than I should have, and loaded the coffee table into my Expedition.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

The roads were slick and the fog made it difficult to see.

I was just ready to get home.

As I turned the final curve to get me onto the highway, I noticed a white SUV sliding into my lane and heading straight for me.  I began to move onto the shoulder, and as I did, the woman in the SUV quickly over-corrected throwing her car into a tail spin…. right towards the side of my car.

In that instant, I could feel her car whiz past me, just barely missing my side of the truck.  As I looked into my rear-view mirror, I could see the horror that unfolded.  As her car spun round and round behind me, it finally came to an abrupt stop when it hit the guardrail and immediately began to flip.  Not once, but twice, ending upside down in a nearby field.

I quickly pulled over.  My heart was racing.  My chest tightened.  What had just happened?

“Mommy, we almost died!” exclaimed my youngest in the back seat.

It was then that I realized, had she hit us, she would have hit not only my side, but my son’s as well.  I held back the tears.

Behind me I could see her upside down car, tires still spinning.

I didn’t know what to do.  Do I leave my 7 year-old in the car and run to check on her, or do I wait?

Luckily, as people began to drive by, they immediately pulled over, jumped out of their cars and ran to help.

Call 911.  That’s what I needed to do.  Call 911.

All the while shaking, I called 911 and tried my best to explain where we were.  Out in the middle of nowhere.  On a country road.  What county?  I have no idea.  By a field.

Within a few minutes, we could hear the sirens of the ambulance and police cars.

We stayed around to talk to the police and explain what had happened.  They shared with us that the woman in the car was conscious and was asking them to call her daughter, and that we were OK to leave.

I couldn’t have been more relieved to get home.  Safely.  Alive.  I spent the entire day at home, reliving the entire thing over and over again.

And so, this table has sat in our garage for the last two weeks.  I wasn’t ready to tackle it.  It brought up too many memories of that day.

Finally, this weekend, I was ready.

My husband removed the inside panel and glued and nailed it back into place.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 I sanded all of the peeling paint off and removed the horrible drawer pulls.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 I filled in the little hole on each drawer with some filler, and painted everything in Annie Sloan’s Old White.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 Once it was dried, I distressed the entire table.  My goal here was to get the look of old, weathered boards.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

Then, I added new knobs.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 I think my favorite has to be the top.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

I love how the wood shows through just enough to look aged.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 In the end, it has a completely different look and feel.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 It almost adds a softness to the room.

Coffee Table Makeover at The Rustic Pig

 See those end tables in the back?  They’re next.

Do you remember my post about my word of the year?  Well, in case you haven’t read it, I chose the word “Trust” to be my focus word for 2013.

Allowing God to take over, to trust in Him, has been hard.  I am a worrier.  I just can’t help it.

I know, without a shadow of doubt, that God intervened on that foggy day.  You know how you can feel that hit before it ever happens?  How you can feel that fall, that bump, that bruise, before it is a reality?  I felt that car brush past the side of my car.  I felt it.  I knew, without a shadow of doubt, that she was going to hit the side of my truck.  I can’t help but think God was trying to say, “I got this covered.  TRUST ME!”

I got the message loud and clear that day.  How about you?  Are you letting it go?  Are you trusting?

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. Oh my gosh!!! Thank God you and your youngest are ok. I pray the woman is as well…
    Thank you for reminding me of your work for the year… trust. I needed that reminder just now. We do tend to try and take things inot our own hands don;t we?
    Beautiful job on the coffee table by the way! Luv it!
    HUGS., Gee

  2. GIRLLLLL! I am a worrier like you, and this is why, even though I wasn’t there, I keep replaying the event in my head. You tell a vivid story, and I’m glad you’re all okay. Glad that you finished this piece.

    It looks wonderful! Did you intend to sell it? You know… for closure!

    Thanks for the reminder to trust!
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    • Actually, I am going to keep the table.. for now! I think it will serve as a good reminder that I need to trust. Plus, I really like it! 🙂 Love ya girl!!

  3. I’m so glad you were protected. Thank you for the faith-filled message and for the gentle reminder–be not afraid, but be believing. btw–the table is lovely.
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  4. Commented a while back on my desire to stay home and paint. And how we both shared the common profession of teaching. Well prayers answered:) God is moving us to Bishop where hubby will be driving for Fedex and I will be home with kiddos everyday. I have the same struggle of worries like you. Love your work:)

    • Hi Kristie!! Yay!!! What a blessing!!! Let me know if you ever have any questions or just want to chat!! I soooo love being able to stay at home!! Glad you are going to be able to stay home too!! Hugs!!

  5. so glad you’re all okay! Beautiful refinish and transformation.

  6. I am so glad you and your son are okay. How scary! I can understand why you were not ready to tackle the project right away. The table turned out gorgeous – you did wonderful job! Pinning! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful night.

  7. I’m so glad you and your son are okay, Claire! And so glad the other woman is okay, too! What a terrifying story! Those events really help us put our lives into perspective and help us decide if we’re going to trust God or live in fear. So glad you are able to continually trust Him even on the scary days!
    By the way, I love the table. I love the weathered look you gave the top and side boards. It’s perfect!
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  8. Oh my gosh so glad that you are ok, God was definitely watching over you and your munchkin that day. Love the table, perfectly cottagey and worn, beautiful!!
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  9. Oh Claire! How scary! I’m so glad everyone was ok, minus the car damage. I can understand why you wouldn’t want to tackle the table after that for a bit. I’ve been enjoying your projects. 😉
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  10. This turned out beautiful, Claire! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project/recipe at my brand new link party!! Hope to see you! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/07/domestic-superhero-sharing-thursday-1
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  11. What a scary story! I’m glad you and your son are ok. I hope the other lady is ok, too. Love the new look of the coffee table. Now you have a physical reminder that you can trust that God is taking care of you. Every time you see it, you can be reminded of His loving care.

  12. Wow…what a horrifing ordeal! How was your son thru all this? Did he talk about it non stop? So glad you both are OK! And the table….is FABULOUS! Whatcha thinking of doing to the tables in the background? Thanks for sharing.
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    • Hi Kelly! My son was OK. He made sure to tell me several times that he didn’t want us to go see the lady. He was super excited that he was able to see the police man’s tazer gun… crazy boy! When he got home, he told everyone that “we almost died!”

      I’m hoping to post about the tables next week! 🙂

      Hugs!! Claire
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  13. Oh my gosh! Those last words you wrote really sent a shock wave through me! It truly was God that came between you and that other vehicle. And your table turned out to be just perfect after all that, just like you and your son turned out to be perfectly OK after all that. It can be your symbol of how things work out in the end when you just have Faith. 😉
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  14. What a horror story. I am so thankful that all came out of it okay. And I think the coffee table is absolutely perfect now. It just needed your touch.
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  15. Your table turned out beautiful! And, it will always be a great reminder to you to TRUST in the Lord! Life to the full, Melissa

  16. Wow…what a series of events! So glad you are OK. Another example of what an awesome God we have and a great teachable moment for your son as well. You have definitely brought new life back into this coffee table. Looks beautiful Claire!!!
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  17. Beautiful work on the coffee table! Trust is a great word to keep close at heart, to continue to Trust our FAITH must not waiver! Faith is our stronghold. We can not predict or change what God has in store for us, but we can rely completely on HIM!

  18. Oh my goodness, I just flashed back to a trip where an oncoming car’s tire blew and I just knew they were going to hit my suburban and all I could think of was my kids were in the back and we were going to be hit. Thankfully, we weren’t; God definitely intervened that day. Still took me time to get over the near miss. Ah, trust. I’m still learning that one. So glad you were not hit. God is good!

  19. Love how it all turned out! Such a good reminder to trust Him, because He never leaves us.
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  20. Wow. So glad you and your son were not hurt .I thought I was going to get hit head-on a few weeks ago on some slippery roads and it’s very scary. But I was alone, without kids. That would have been even more unnerving. I don’t blame you for waiting on the table. And it turned out so absolutely gorgeous. 🙂

  21. Margaret Garcia says:

    this is so pretty, by the way i love your sofas! Where did you find them? We’ve been looking around for sofas for two months now…. anyhow, i love the cottage table!!

  22. Christine says:

    I’m anxious to start my first project and love the idea of doing white, but how do I properly distress it? Sanding? metal sponge? etc



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