Coffee Table Update and The Winners Are!

Happy Sunday.  It is sunny and going up in the 60's here today in Chicago Land.  Wooo Hooo!  I think Old Man Winter is letting go and Spring is trying to peak out.

I saw the tulips and daffodils popping up in the flower beds this week end so I think that is a good sign Spring might be here.

I have an update on the coffee table and the winners of the 2 Year Anniversary Give Away.

This was the before picture of the top of the coffee table.  I did not like that the black streaks were coming through from the table top being outside and exposed to the elements for the past few years.  I just loved using this piece as a coffee table top and did not want to throw it out.  Plus it fit beautifully on the top of those chair legs.

The black was coming through the whole table.

So my wonderful Mr. Junk Chic Cottage sanded it one more time with a heavy grade sandpaper and was able to get the black out of the wood.  Plus I liked the lighter tone now to the wood. 

Then I put one coat of clear poly on the piece.

Now I like the lighter wood top in the room.  Just goes better with my whites and chippy pieces in the room.

So now the coffee table has the weathered look with the lighter colors of the wood coming through.
Ahhhhhh now I am happy with the piece and did not have
to paint the top.  I love when I can repurpose and give new life to things.

Thank you everyone for your support and wonderful comments on my 2 Year Blog Anniversary.  I appreciate you taking time to come by for a visit and leave your sweet comments on my decor crazy LOL!  It has been so much fun getting to know all of you.

Here is the list of winners.  You would think after two years in blog land I would have figured out that rafflecopter thingy.  Since I did not I did it the old fashion way put all your names in a bowl (white ironstone of course) and then had my husband pick out the names.  Not real savvy but it works just the same.

If you name is listed here congrats and please email me your address so I can get these out to you.
Have a wonderful start to the week.

The winners are........

Gail My Repurposed Life
Susie She Junks
Crystal Just Me and My Halo
Amy Jo Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea
Vera Row Homes and Cobblestones
Stacey Proofing the Pillows
Kelly Essence of Home
Cindy Consider it all Joy
JP Sweet Inspirations by JP
Roxanne Always Dreaming
Nancy A Joyful Cup
Debbie Lake House
Pendra Pendra's Place
Rose Musings, Meanderings and Merriment From Rose
Cindy Cloches & Lavender
Betsy My Salvage Treasures
Diana Nana Diana
Carol Art and Sand
Ceekay Thinkin of Home
Sandy Shabby Chic Sandy
Shirley Housepitality Designs
Judy 20 North Ora



  1. The sanding really brightened it up, it! Congrats to the winners!

  2. Kris,
    WOW to the table top!!! It sanded up beautifully and I really like that you put a satin protective coat on top. Your hubby is Mr. Wonderful for working alongside of you to make your beautiful cottage untiquely yours.
    I am so excited I won one of your adorable giveaway gifts. I never win anything! I'm very surprised and thankful.

  3. Oh- Thank you, Kris! You already have MY
    LOVE how that table top turned out. I was sure you were going to have to whitewash it to get the look you wanted. Glad Terry was able to sand it down to the lighter wood. He da man!!!! xo Diana

  4. Kris LOVE LOVE that coffee table!!
    CONGRATS to all the lucky winners!!

  5. I love this table, it is fabulous and the top is so impressive. Hugs, marty

  6. Love, Love, Love how your table top turned out. I use that polycrylic all the time. Love how it brings out the tones in the wood.
    Mary Alice

  7. The table looks wonderful, Kris! Congrats to all the readers who won, but we're all winners in your circle of friendship. ;)

  8. The table is so pretty! I'm glad you could get the black stains out. The lighter wood does look good with all the whites. Congratulations to the winners.

  9. I like how the table turned out. Congrats to all your winners.

  10. LOVE your table Kris! You both did an amazing job! Whooo hooo congrats to the winners!

  11. The tabletop looks marvellous, i love it very much. Congratulations to the lucky winners

  12. I love the new look Kris. I'll send you my address, thanks for the win. :):) I feel wonderful. xoxo,Susie

  13. Kris, I am so happy for you that your 'hero' was able to sand the table top enough to get the black out and you were able to poly it. It is SO gorgeous and I'm sure you will really enjoy it! So glad you didn't have to paint it!! Thanks for the 'win' , I'll send over my address! And again, Congrats on your 2 year blog anniversary :)

  14. Kris, this looks gorgeous as always!!! Happy to see that your "hero" is feeling better and sanding away. I am so excited that I won!!! I will send my address, thanks dear friend!!!

  15. Kris, you think that coffee table would fit in my suitcase? I really think I need to steal it when I visit! LOVE it!! :)

  16. Kris, the coffee table top looks so good. I love the lighter natural wood with the chippy bottom part.

  17. Love the table! So glad you were able to keep it natural, it looks amazing!
    Congrats to the winners!

  18. The table top looks the lighter look of the top. It is perfect with your whites. Congrats to the winners!

  19. Thank you so much Kris, it was the ironstone bowl that did it:-) I LOVE your coffee table!!

  20. Your table looks perfect, Kris! The natural wood tone is such a nice contrast to the white legs. Congrats on your blogaversary, and to the winners!

  21. I like the coffee table much better now - it looks great. I am sure it will go much better in your living room with the lighter top.
    So glad that you are getting Spring in Chicagoland. We are expecting 90's Monday and Tuesday, getting to hot to quick.
    Have a great week.

  22. Thrilled to be a winner...thank you! I had no doubt that your coffee table would turn out perfect!

  23. the top looks wonderful, kris, thanks to terry's hard work:) congrats, everyone!! have a fun week, ok?!

  24. Love your table, Kris, and Congrats to all the winners! Have a wonderful week.

  25. I love the way this table turned out! I really liked the natural top and was hoping it could be kept. The extra sanding and poly coat really perked it up but still left it in that distressed and weathered look! Congrats to all the winners of your give away too! Looking forward to the next year of blogging fun and friendship! xoxo, Leena

  26. Kris, The Table Top looks amazing!! I like the lighter color too~ Congrats to all the Winners!

    Huggs, Nancy

  27. Your table is perfect, Im so glad you chose to keep it real wood :) You did good, girl!

  28. Love that coffee table! It would go really well in my living room! I'm finally getting a little work done in there and can't decide exactly what kind of coffee table I want. When I saw yours, I thought about one I have in storage somewhat like it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  29. Yahoo! I won! Thanks! I am so happy to see you achieved your goal in the look for your coffee table. It is nice nto to have to paint everything.

  30. The coffee table turned out so pretty! I am so excited to be a winner! As I have never won a blog give away before!

    Thank you Kris!
    Amy Jo

    1. So happy you were one of the winners. I just need you to send me your address so I can get your gift out to you. I could not respond back with you being a no reply blogger so if you come back to read this please send me your address. Congrats.

  31. Oh my gosh, Kris, that was it! Sanding the top one more time was the answer. It looks fantastic. I'm so excited to be one of your winners. Thanks so much. I love coming to your blog for inspiration. Hugs ~ Nancy

  32. Oh I love how this turned out! Congrats to all the winners! My tulips and crocuses are up exciting!

  33. Oh I really love the lighter look you gave the coffee table! Looks so great since it's worn like that. Thanks again for the giveaway!

  34. Love the table did a phenomenal job!!!!....and the vignette is perfection....and thanks so much Kris!...excited that I am a winner of your Blogaversary looking forward to many more years of your beautiful blog and yourself!!!

  35. Love that you were able to get the table top to were you are happy with it. I feel pretty darn smart that I told you to leave it and you left it.... I guess I'm learning a lot from you, hehehe!! I'm tickled pink to be a winner of one of your Blogiversary gifts and look like I'm in really good company! Thanks friend!