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Monday, April 13, 2009


to this posting of my thrifted COFFEE TABLE...
My thanks to DIANE
Be sure to swing by her place and leave sweet words..
she has a growing list of 2nd time around-er's
waiting to show your their treasures...
and thanks for coming by to see mine...
A HUGH THANK YOU for all your help !!
The thrifted drop-leaf, French table that I love!!
HGTV could make a GREAT show about this
sad thing ...showing what NOT to do to a coffee table !!
I ADORE my old just was in dire need of a new, SPRING "DO"...
Well, thanks to YOU, I have been able to make
it look a whole LOT better...
It is now a table that MAKES ME HAPPY...*
Even my sweet son, DAVID
said how good it all looked...!!
*big HUGH smile here
THE VERY FIRST THING YOU told me is that it needed....
I just shopped my DECORATING CLOSET and decided to
use some of my WHITES....
bless their hearts...these little birds have flown ALL
over Sweet Nothings cottage and they always
look great...I think I need about 3 more WHITE ceramic birds!!
I LOVE MY FAUX TULIPS...just like SHEILA loves HER fauxs...
my tulips of many colors always add such a bright spot and
fill in just fine until I am blessed enuf to get some REAL ones...
Oh, and KATHY...did you notice I am using the beautiful lacy piece that
you sent me? I love is strong enuf looking to not look foo-foo !!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE beautiful magazines....
There will ALWAYS be pretty mags stacked on a table near me...
I love reading them over and over....
those and great catalogs!
AND I can tell you RIGHT NOW.....the HUNT is on for a great use CHALK BOARD PAINT
on the side so I can add the words LEMONS...JUST LIKE THIS !!!
Isn't it just a GREAT looking box ?

I just LOVE this new SPRING DRESSING for this old, vintage but still GREAT coffee table...
it looks good to MY eyes and there's still plenty of room to sit a coffee or tea cup down...
and GAMES...we LOVE games !!
Thanks to all your awesome suggestions, I have several more ideas to try....
I like to change things around really often...I'm not fickle....I just love change!
You are all so good at this !! How did you learn so much about decorating ????
I decided to use my thrift store, glass pitcher and the
awesome monogramed glasses from a GREAT garage sale...
Won't these look good with some sweet PINK LEMONADE in them
the next time some friends drop by !!
I try to keep something ......cookies, candy, cheese crackers.......something...just for friends!
well......and GRAND KIDS ! ;o)

Oh ! Honey !!

THIS....ladies, is the BEST BASKET TRAY
I've EVER found in my entire life ! REALLY !!
It is really GOOD LOOKIN', sturdy, large ....
UNDER $20.00 at TARGET !
Gosh O'Mighty...don't you just LOVE Target !!
I just bought some of the cutest
Salt and Pepper
shakers from there...I'll show ya a little later...(& they aren't BIRDS :O)
I can see lots and loTs of things in this tray...
chunky candles, bird nests ...
thick, heavy books stacked....
UMMMMMM! ........Lots of possibilities...
and it is all thanks to YOU !!
XO bj
"NEVER regret anything that made you smile !"


I pray that YOUR Easter Sunday was as SUN KISSED and BRIGHT & SHINY and BLESSED as ours !


Stacey said...

Good Morning Friend!

Your table looks just perfect. I love the pitcher and drinking glasses sitting there. Love the magazines...I always have too many of them. Do you know that they men in my house have the nerve to sit their sweaty glasses on my beautiful magazines? Anyway, it's all just gorgeous. I might have to run over to Target for a tray!

Southern Lady said...

Oh, BJ ... your table looks like a ray of sunshine. I love the white pitcher of tulips and your pretty birds ... and that tray would be perfect anywhere!

You did GOOD, my friend.

Denise said...

I love how the table looks. Dressed in it's spring finery! I am going to be changing out my table goodies later this week. Maybe I'll take an idea or two from yours.

Have a great day, Denise

Terri and Bob said...

The table looks fabulous. I love the last picture with the sun shining over everything. Too beautiful!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

BJ, the coffee table turned out beautifully!!

I might have to make a stop at Target on my way from taking our visitor home, this evening. You've inspired me!

Beth in NC said...

Ohhhhh, the last picture could be in a magazine! I love it. And girl, I need YOUR redecorating closet!

It looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

GM Girlfriend, oh it looks like I have missed so much of you creativeness, I can't wait for things to calm down around here, I miss ya so much. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. I'm going to pop over and say hi to Justine, then I have to get off here. I miss my visits with you.

Love Ya,

nikkicrumpet said...

It looks lovely...I think those faux tulips are gorgeous. When they're good quality like that they look amazing. And the lemons added just the right splash of color! Nicely done my friend!

Smilingsal said...

I love those tulips too; they don't look faux on your blog. The ones I see in the store all see to look so fake. Thanks for sharing.

Chandy said...

LOve what you've done, BJ and that tray is gorgeous! I'm off to Target...

Raggedy Girl said...

Your coffee table looks lovely or maybe it is a lemonade table! Due to a two year old our is bare and I hate it. Sometimes I decorate it on weekends when she is gone. Anyway I love it.

Have A Marvelous Monday
from Roberta Anne
"The Raggedy Girl"

Shelia said...

Hi Bjness! This is gorgeous! I love all you've done with it and the whites look so good on it. Love the 'fauxs'! :) Oh, and the mags - gotta have them. That last picture is gorgeous, Bj, with the sunshine! Isn't it grand to have a new love for your great old table!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

salmagundi said...

Looks great! The tray is unusual and adds great texture to the table. Good job!! Sally

Adrienne said...

Love the new 'do' on your coffee table! It's just right. You did good! ~Adrienne~

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, your coffee table has a whole new personality. Bright and colorful and especially nice, is the tray. I love that the table is large enough to be beautiful and useful. It all looks good and the lemons are a great color touch. Now I know my coffee table needs color. I'm thinking about it.

Have a great evening.


Diane said...

BJ, it is fantastic! The colors are perfect and so bright and cheerful! So inviting for when your 'friends' drop by!!! Great job girl! Have a great week!

Many hugs............


Tara said...


I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family surrounding you around your table

hee hee!

Cottage Rose said...

Hello BJ; OH Wow! I just love the new look of you coffee table. It looks so fresh and sunny. You did a great job on it. I really love the last photo of it with the Sunshine.


Raggedy Girl said...

I just read the sweet comment you left and feel free to use anything you want. I love sharing.

Roberta Anne

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Nice job on the coffee table...

Picket said...

BJ I love how you decorated the table and that tray is glorious!!!!! I love changing things but some times I changes things too much and have to go back and 'lick that calf' over! lol lol Thanks for coming by sweetie...hope you have a beautiful week!♥

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

bj...sweetie...I wrote you this long, drawn out ..well you KNOW how I get all wordy...comment about your coffee table..and it's...GONE!! I thought I might have put in in the wrong place..but..I don't see it anywhere. I made comment on your wonderful tray..I said your coffee table was colorful, warm, inviting, functional, cottagy..and all like that! Have you seen it ...laying around?
Anyway...I also asked what the item was you were going to "post later" as you KNOW how impatient I am. :)
So... ummm..what IS the item?
bj...isn't it obvious I like every single thing you come up with??? LOL
P.S. I have an oak one that was here when I came. It's oval..nice wood but not into oak...but hate to paint it. I just can't make up my mind. What do you think.?

Betty said...

It looks lovely!

xinex said...

I love everything on your table, BJ. The table looks very homey and welcoming! So much to keep you occupied while sitting next to it....Christine

Barb said...

Your table turned out sooo beautiful.
Great job!

Each time you do it will be easier and more fun.

Barbara Jean

Happy To Be said...

Bj, girl you did a great job with that table...I really love the lemons just added the right pop of color there...that tray is awesome serve me breakfast in bed ha ha!! hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

abeachcottage said...

oooooh yeah, love the white, well you knew that anyway!

it looks lovely and yep like you I have *millions of magazines around, sometimes I seem to swamp my head with images and stuff, blah...but sitting with a magazine and a drink probably is one of my fave things to do...


Chari said...

Hello BJ...

Ohhh my...what a fabulous transformation!!! I just love that pretty frenchy coffee table, in fact, I'd love to have one! It's absolutely beautiful in its new Spring dress...all of the splashes of color that you added is just perfect, my friend! Of course, I love your pretty white pitcher full of tulips...the tulips are such a pretty color! The darling little birds are perfect...emphasizing a little more of that creamy white! Then adding that bowl of lemons...gorgeous!!! I thought it was perfect until I seen your next photo where you added the tray and glassware! It's really a beautiful vignette, BJ! Ohhh, and I do love your new wicker tray...not a bad price at all!!!

Beautifully done!!! And I enjoyed your photos too, especially that last photo...the lighting is stunning!!!

Warmest wishes,

Chari said...

Ooops...Girl, I just read back the comment that I left and wanted to clarify what I meant by "I thought it was perfect until I seen your next photo where you added the tray and glassware!"...I didn't want you to think that I was saying that your vignette was perfect until you added the tray...I meant to say that I thought it was perfect and then you added the tray and it was even more perfect! Sheeshh...just didn't want you to take that the wrong way!

By the way, I've been seeing alot of things done with that chalkboard paint...and I love that basket! I love that idea too! Hmmm...just thinking if I have something I could try that out on! Hehe!!!


The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi!

foxxy said...

Your coffee table looks great! Love those etched glasses. So pretty.

FarmHouse Style said...

Good Morning, BJ. I love your coffee table. The shape is so unique and such a beautiful golden wood. The way you have it dressed up for Spring made me smile too:-)


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your table looks great BJ! I love that chalkboard box. You have to get one!!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said... little design star you...I love the vignette you have created on your table! Hmmm...thinking to MUCH here...but don't you wonder how they got to be called coffee tables...besides the obvious...a place to set ones coffee....but no beans (lol...get it coffee????-----beans?????) your lovely lemon vignette is beautiful!
Oh...and may I come and play in your decor closet?

Traci said...

Love the vase of beautiful flowers and the bowl of lemons...what a great way to brighten up a spot...your table looks wonderful...thanks for sharing!!

Julie said...

That looks fabulous!!!! I love the tulips...they are some of my favorite flowers.

Candy said...

Great job. And how cute are those chalk board boxes.
Enjoy, Candy

jeanne said...

Hi BJ, thanks for the heads up. You are right, it didn't work. I entered it again and it is working. Now everyone will wonder, are there two Jeanne's? LOL. Boy, is it pouring here. My flowers will be happy. I think I will have a cup of hot tea and a chick cookie. RE: Pink Sat. Sheila's (the dear one) recipe. They are so good.

Have a happy day thrifting.


Anonymous said...

Jean, you have just outdone yourself this time. Just love your table that way. Did you know that the set of Skipbo cards you have out are collectors items? That is the original game cards and you cannot buy them now. Think they're worth a pretty good price too. That picture with the sun shining in on the table is soooo beautiful. Just made me smile from ear to ear! Good job, my friend!

Allidink said...

Bj those are great ideas for the tray! You make me want one now LOL. Your table looks adorable! :)

All the best!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

I knew you would put together a lovely table...... perfect....

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi BJ,
The table looks fabulous...just like something out of one of those magazines you keep close by!

Thanks so much for linking to 2nd Time Around!
:) Diane