Change Over Time

Forum: Woodworking

Well it’s time to finish my living room change over. Originally the room had an entertainment center, 2 coffee tables, 2 end tables, 2 couches, 2 table lamps, 2 lazy boy chairs, 1 pole lamp, 2 paintings, and various family photos. All of the hard case furniture was made by my children and me. 2 years ago my wife purchased a fireplace insert, this led to replacing the entertainment center, one of my posted old projects. The big change was the colour, going from a stained red oak to a dark cherry colour. The old entertainment center is now in my daughters living room as she helped build it. Next was a new set of couches, grey instead of blue, both have dark cherry wooden legs, one is a long 6 person chez going along one wall now. My son took the old ones for his house as he only had 1 chair in his living room. Next was changing the lazy boys to newer higher end ones. They have dark cherry wooden parts. One of each of the old ones went to each child. The end tables were added last year, I build 3 this time, with the old ones passed down to my son. The colour changed once again to a dark cherry with brushed stainless hardware, left over from a bathroom Reno. The lamps we just recieved for x-mas from our kids that match the hardware on the end tables, brushed stainless. The old lamps and end tables went to my son as well, as he helped build the tables and they go together. So now all I have left to do is the coffee tables. I need to build 2, possibly the same or close in design to each other. I want to maintain the dark cherry colour of the wood. Also I want to use tiles for the tops like I had before, because they are easy to clean and maintain, but I think they will be marble. The wifey runs a flooring store so access is easy. We have, over the years, purchased 3 paintings, Monet, and Gogaine, and only have a few photos on end tables now. We have 4 sculptures/pieces created by our children when they were young, and a 60 bottle wine rack to hold my son and wife’s home made wines.
I am looking for designs to help me decide on the build, and once picked I will post a blog as I build them! Any design ideas are welcome, but we tend to like more modern stuff, so please post some idea pics here for me. Thanks in advance.

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CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!

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lanwater ...

What style do you have in mind Chris?
Maybe a picture of the current setup will help in giving suggestion. My wife has a really good taste when it comes to matching furniture and colors.
Marble is great on coffee table, especially the Italian one with nice and subtle veins.

Thorreain ...

I am wide open to style but using a flat surface on the top to place tiles. And exposed hardware will be brushed stainless steel. Here is what I built for the end tables already. The lamps are all stInless.

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The couches are grey with dark cherry feet.


The 2 existing tables have porcelain tiles, but the new ones do not need to follow the same design or tile. I still have enough tile and accent tile to do only one table top, I kept for repairs if needed.


The entertainment center that has the fireplace is the colour that everything is trying to match, I made it 2 years ago after my kids bought us the 60" TV. With speakers it’s almost 10’ long.

So any help from anyone is welcome.

lanwater ...

I was thinking since the end tables are rectangular the the coffee table should be similar.
Your choice is pretty clean and nice.
I was going to suggest this one I found yesterday:

I had the following one in my stash. I Thought it was simple and nice too.

Thorreain ...

I like them both, but the glass top is a no go for my wife, she doesn’t like the glass for cleaning, she’s allergic to ammonia and bleach so the top needs to be a solid material that can just be wiped with a damp cloth or furniture polish. The top picture is very similar to an end table I use in the workshop. That design would be easy to add marble tiles to the top and a fairly easy build. So far it’s the go. I would like to see some more modern designs before the final decision. Thanks lan.

lanwater ...

They both can take a marble top. Especially with Dark color legs.
The first one does match what you already have.
I think I have a couple more designs in the office.

lanwater ...

This one has some character.

Thorreain ...

That’s interesting, almost like a floating top. I have to mention the sizes of marble tiles are a maximum of 13" x13".

lanwater ...

Then this one is fine. the middle is supported by plywood embedded in the top frame.

Thorreain ...

Come on guys and gals, send in more pics!!! I have some great ideas here but would like to see a lot more before we decide. Anything will be looked at!

lanwater ...

I think some of us are a little shy Chris.

lanwater ...

I am not sure you will like this one but take a look.
I can send you the templates to route the side panels and curbed stiles. My teacher design.

Thorreain ...

That one looks the easiest to make, and all solid oak. Keep em commin…

lanwater ...

The end tables that goes with it.

I made the same table using ash and it also had the bottom “basket” you see on the end tables below with 5 rods going lengthwise.

TonyCan ...

Those look great, i love the shape that the drawer follows. Great work.