The Scruffy Cottage Coffee Table

March 16th, 2019 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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To add a little extra shabbiness , an old carpenters apron is wrapped around a glass vase.
The completed table is now ready for its new home.
Chipped, scratched, splattered and peeling with a slight farm feel.
I sketched about a dozen concept drawings of the top before a shape was approved.
Leg detail.
Approved shape.
Table top CONCEPT SKETCH #12!              
By now my sketches were lookin a little sketchy.
Not too shabby.
Spring is FINALLY here!

Added July 2011
Here’s a photo taken in my client’s home.
To add a little extra shabbiness , an old carpenters apron is wrapped around a glass vase.

To add a little extra shabbiness , an old carpenter's apron is wrapped around a glass vase.

Photo: Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2011)

I was commissioned by a friend to design and build a coffee table to compliment her living room which is filled with beautiful, white scruffiness. So I decided to go with a shabby, white finish which will look perfect in her home.

NOTE: The photos were taken in my living room prior to delivery.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2011)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, tabletop, centerpiece, wood, cottage, vase, eclectic, furniture, family room, white, living room, farm, paint, roses, coffee table, distress, jim healy, junk architect, shabby

Comments (21)

LittleRedHen writes: I'm with Donna on this one. I'm a little stumped. I am seeing you painting a beautiful "fresh" piece of wood. A close up shows some really great gray patina peeking through. I'm guessing a layer of white primer, a layer of gray (???), a layer of white. Beat it up and a little dry brush. Very nice job on "vintag-ifying" this piece. I really enjoy the shape of the top. The vase is a nice addition. Another "lift" project for me.
Thank you for sharing!

Tami Jordan

Posted: 8:42 am on April 30th
Junky_Jolie writes: I know Pattie's really gonna love this piece...because I do! I'm stealing the vase idea.

Posted: 6:10 am on April 14th
birdcolor writes: Love the table, but really love the vase! I am definitely stealing that idea!

Posted: 8:17 am on April 10th
junkermidge writes: Love the table, and LOVE that nail-apron wrapped vase! Too cool.
Midge Posted: 8:11 pm on April 7th
AmyM writes: OK, as a local, I HAVE TO ASK!!! Oakwood Ave apron?? Where on earth did you come across that??? Love the whole look of the table but I have to say, the vase completes it for me!
Posted: 4:45 pm on April 7th
SnowmanHill writes: What is there left to say - another awesome creative job!

Love the table, great plan, so much cool detail.

The vase, I am totally stealing that idea for myself. I probably have one of those aprons in the garage.

Thanks for another great idea Jim.

:-) Posted: 8:22 am on April 6th
homeroad writes: Jim I love it! I especially like the shape of the top, it reminds me of a vintage label... hey, maybe, a little paint....
It looks terrific!
Susan @ Posted: 8:20 am on April 6th
LisaLoria writes: Totally Cool as usual Jim!!! Posted: 8:16 am on April 6th
alicemom writes: Oh Jim,
I love that finish! I have been working on my finishing.....not the "KING".......but working on it! The apron is just the "bestest" touch.
smiles, alice Posted: 8:46 pm on April 5th
rustiqueart writes: Love the table...adore the vase! Beautiful work and will probably last a lifetime. Posted: 5:25 pm on April 5th
EmmasNookandGranny writes: You have such good ideas and they always turn out to be awesome!! ~Marge Posted: 5:14 pm on April 5th
PostRoadVintage writes: Ahhh.. I was just sitting down to scratch out ideas for one of these! Your rocks! Love the paint job!! Looks like it was thrown down the basement steps- perfect ;)

-Heather Posted: 4:38 pm on April 5th
Bec4 writes: Fantastic. I have been roughing up lots of paint soon--need to get some pics taken! Posted: 3:57 pm on April 5th
artteachergirl writes: Jim, Jim, Jim...I luv ya man!!!! What a sweet table! Cute idea for the vase also. And I think your living room wall is painted the exact shade as my that green! Posted: 3:50 pm on April 5th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes:
Trade you your painting technique for my sign making equipment. :)

Another hit, Jim! How I love the shape of this topper! With the perfect finish to match. Very cool!

Posted: 2:39 pm on April 5th
Junkpony writes: Perfect distressing - you need to put out a how-to-beat-up-furniture video for those of us less talented. Posted: 1:46 pm on April 5th
chippingcharm writes: LOVE that "scruffy" would look great at my house too :)
And I agree with the rest...that apron around the vase is so very cute and clever too! I have a couple of them in my stash that I remember my dad wearing when I was a kid...they've been waiting for the perfect re-purpose :) Thanks! Laurel Posted: 12:36 pm on April 5th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM.
You are a true master what you do.the vace and the apron is awesome.Once again great job.GOD BLESS,ROBERT. Posted: 9:19 am on April 5th
georgiamoon writes: Jimmy, what can I are the KING of finishes, and construction,and design and ...well everything. The photos are beautiful and I love the apron wrapped around the vase. It adds so much texture. You are very clever. I think I have said this before but, you just get better and better. Hopefully one day you can do this full time. I can't believe that you can still work and churn out so many great pieces.
Well Done!
Georgia Posted: 8:43 am on April 5th
sandyrae writes: She will adore it! But 12?! Really! I Love the shabby chicness of the table and love your apron/vase. But then again... I am easy to please and your creations are always amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Sandy Posted: 8:38 am on April 5th
CottageElements writes: First, Jim, I love the vase with the apron wrapped around it. Who'd of thunk it! Then the patina on the table is perfecto! Can't believe the "before" of the piece. Looks like it aged naturally. Bravo!

Lani Posted: 8:35 am on April 5th
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