When John and I were living in Boston, we had an adorable – yet miniscule- shoebox of an apartment to furnish. Since we weren’t planning on staying there longterm, we went the el cheapo route for furnishings…basically hand-me-downs and lots of Ikea. The white Lack coffee table from Ikea was just the right size, and doubled as our dining room table as well (we are thugs like that).

Surprisingly, 2 years later, that table is still with us. I really love the size of it, and its plain white finish just seemed to work with all our furniture. What I wasn’t loving was the “Ikea-ness” of it. Drawing inspiration from our sleek walnut credenza and hand-me-down vintage Eames chair (best hand-me-down EVER), I decided to give our table a mid-century modern makeover on the cheap. All I needed was a pair of signature tapered legs…so to Etsy and eBay I went.  I ended up buying this set for a total of $35, if any of you are curious. Once they arrived, all I did was remove the Ikea legs and screw those mid-century babies in and voila! Old table, new look.

The finish on the tabletop is worn off in certain places, so I need to figure out what to do to give that part a little freshening up…but for know, I’m loving the white and wood combo and our lucite Mattie Luxe tray also helps to cover up any of those blemishes. Painting this stuff is apparently a hot mess, so I’m not sure I want to go that route…though the edge in a fun color would be cute, no? I’m still debating whether or not to upholster the top…perhaps in a chartreuse or teal fabric? To tuft or not to tuft? John mentioned putting a mirror on top. We shall see…but for now, I’m digging this sleek new white and wood look.

via triplemaxtons