Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Card Catalog Coffee Table

Where do the pictures hide on my computer?  I wish someone would tell me!  I am missing my “before” pictures of this card catalog, and I am not in the mood for hide-and-seek!

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Last summer a friend showed up at my door.  He had a piece of furniture for me to look at before he went to D.I.  Did I want first dibs?

At this point my garage was stuffed with furniture, so I was practicing my polite refusal…

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Then I saw it was a card catalog…a piece of one, actually…and I was a goner!

It looked like the middle section had been pulled out at some point.  There were no legs, and no top—just holes where pegs would have attached it to another section.

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I used a piece of wood leftover from building the sewing armoire to fashion a new top…

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…and a trip to IKEA supplied casters for some industrial-feel feet!

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I painted the whole thing in an off white, and then glazed and distressed it all to show off all the knicks and scratches.  I used Rub-n-Buff in pewter and black to tone down the original brass handles—mostly to make them blend in with the casters, which were silver!

I kind of intended to take some more/better pictures this afternoon, but it sold before I could do that.  Not that that’s a bad thing.

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Although I think this is a fun idea for a coffee table, I also thought it would be so cool at the end of a bed—to store gloves and scarfs, or maybe a variety of small toys.

Note:  Instructions for the Book Birdhouses can be found here.

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61 comments:

~PJ said...

oh I love this so much, you have no idea!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SO cool, korrie! i love that! the new wheels are awesome!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a beauty! No wonder it sold so fast.

Bliss said...

And whuusssshhhhhh it was gone.....

~Bliss~

Lindsey @ Better After said...

Oh man, what a lucky break! I would sell a kid or a kidney for a card catalog to just show up on my doorstep! Ok, not really, but almost. It looks awesome Korrie!

Twice Nice said...

What a lucky girl to have friends on your front porch with that in tow! It turned out fantastic!

Lori C said...

I think I would have pushed down an old lady in the street to get to that if it was free! I picked up a small 6 drawer 'piece' of a card catalog last summer. Its come along nice, but I've yet to finish it. I thought about finding some kind of stand to set it on, and a thin piece of marble for the top, but it already weighs a ton!

Ali Richardson said...

DYING!! I love it! I have dreams of finding a card catalogue for my home some day :)

Gayle said...

One of these treasures is on my busket list - SOME day I will find one! LOL And talking about little drawers - I just posted pictures on my blog of what my friend Sharon recently bought - yummy eye candy!

chateau chic said...

Oh my goodness, no wonder it sold so quickly. It's so amazing, unique, and wonderful!
I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it makes for a great coffee table, Korrie! Just think about all the remotes it could store! : )

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Great piece Korrie! You made it a beautiful color and the casters were the best part!
Susan

Paulette said...

I love it!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it. I'm so jealous!!

eleven-o-one said...

Love it Korrie! What a lucky break.

Anonymous said...

what happened with the table?

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That is THE coolest coffee table! I'm not surprised it sold fast. Really nice work, Korrie!

suitsandaprons said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! And to think of all the work you had to do to make it fabulous. So jealous. I have been wanted a card catalog for ages. Lovely!

Amy Kinser said...

This piece is wonderful!!! What a great guy to offer it to you. Love it.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE THE CARD CATALOG, YOU DID A GREAT JOB, IVE BEEN LOOKING FOR ONE OF THESE FOREVER!

Deserae said...

Love this....I'm not surprised it sold so quickly!
~Des

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Korrie, that's FAB!! Love it!

Rachel said...

Okay. Seriously?? I would have told the guy to DI it!! How in the world are you able to see past the 'ugly' and see the potential???

I love the idea of having it at the end of the bed. One draw for chocolate chips.. another for M&M's... another for Dorito's... Oh. That's not what you had in mind. Man I could store a boat load of 'treats' in those drawers!

CraftyCanadian said...

Ohhhh I'm so jealous. I soooooooooo want a card catalog! You did a fantastic job!!

Pegster said...

As someone who used to work in a library when they still had card catalogs, finding one would be a dream come true. I love what you did with this one!

Gypsy Heart said...

LOVE it! I'm not surprised at all that it sold quickly.

xo
Pat

Shannon said...

Ooooohhhhh! I LOVE! What a fabulous coffee table! Pretty please come link it up to our party too, Korrie! http://akadesign.ca/?p=7217
xo,
Shannon

savvycityfarmer said...

would you be wanting to sell??

email me

love
love
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it

Delaney said...

Soooo cute!

Honey at 2805 said...

I love this piece and really, really want one too! What imagination and creativity your have! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Anne said...

How fabulous - you lucky girl!! Love what you've done with it.

ButtercreamSewingMachine said...

It is my dream to find a card catalog! It turned out great!

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

I love it! I'm not surprised it sold so fast!

jill wilhelm said...

Your so lucky! I am always on the lookout for one and it just shows up on your doorstep?! Um, jealous! You did an amazing job! So glad I found your blog! excited to follow!

~ jill
Iknowtheplansihave4you.blogspot.com

OhioMomPatriot said...

This is marvelous! I would love to find and old one for sewing notions and such...still searching! Thanks for sharing!

aimee said...

i love it i have been searching for one of these with no luck, i would love it is you would link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/hi-every-one-i-hope-you-have-had-great.html

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The DIY Show Off said...

It's gorgeous! I want one for my house! ;) Thank you so much for sharing, Korrie! :)

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Gosh, Korrie, this is so cool, no wonder it sold right away. What a great piece for your friend to give you.

Jann said...

This is FABULOUS!!!! I loved it! Such a great find from that friend of yours..thank goodness they came to you first! Simply LOVE this!!!

Hopeful1 said...

Wow! That is fantastic!

Jamie said...

I am in love with this! I wish someone would show up at my house with one ;) Great job with it!

Kirby Dunton Carespodi said...

Jealous! Jealous! I love this!

Feral Turtle said...

Wow. I am one of your many admirers. This piece is amazing!

Kristin said...

It's just lovely Korrie! Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Sunday!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Lovely! I really need a card cabinet in my home somewhere ASAP! I love it!

gail said...

wow! that card catalog is awesome.
I don't know if you are mac or pc. When I lose pictures, I change my "view" from "folder" to "month". That usually allows me to pinpoint the time I took the pic, and voila! there it is. :)
If you are pc and you need more clarification, just give me a holler.
gail

Jennifer~My Vintage Bliss said...

Love this ~ perfect for a coffee table!!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh wow Korrie! This is a super cool idea! I love it!

Stacey said...

I love this! Would you please stop by and link it up to my Creative Inspirations party happening now? Thanks and I hope to see you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

odetoinspiration said...

OMG! I wish I had a friend that would bring me a card catalog...I want one so bad! :D You did a fabulous job fixing it up..Looks awesome!!

Jacqueline said...

I featured your card catalog coffee table tonight! Thank you for sharing this!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

I'm in LOVE with it! All those little drawers make my heart go pitter-pat! Nice job with the glazing and distressing :)

Rusty Hinge said...

I love this! Great job at fixing it up. Looks amazing!
Maria
www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com

Candy said...

LOVE IT.......and so much storage. Im your newest follow. Please come visit me too.

Sarah said...

I still kick myself for passing up a card catalog. Love this one!

Doreen said...

Hello! For some reason, I have just found your blog. Where I have been? I found you via The Graphics Fairy or maybe from one of her links -- it's late, and I've been linking all over the place!

Anyway, I AM SO IN LOVE with your card catalog re-do! Where do you sell your items?

I am now following you, and look forward to catching up on your posts.

http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

The Rooster and The Hen said...

I've wanted one of these so bad! Yours looks so incredible, nice job! This project would be perfect for our new linky party featuring "Transformations" called Repurpose-Remodel-Reveal, I know our readers would love to see it too! (It starts Friday, March 2nd 2012 at 7:00 am MST and reoccures every 1st and 3rd Friday)

Whitney

The Rooster and The Hen said...

And I forgot to mention I'm a new linky follower!

Stacey said...

Very creative repurpose idea! Looks great - I wuld love to find one of those!
Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations party - please come back Thursday to link up again!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Lolly Jane said...

Love it! Wish I could see a before, just for fun...sounds like a nightmare. Great job, you have the best makeovers (:

-Lisa said...

Holy moly this is fantastic! I have no other words!