Wednesday 3 July 2013

Card catalog turned coffee table

I've been on the hunt for a card catalog for years! 
Seriously it's been years of looking. 
But I knew that some day one would fall on my lap and I knew I would be thrilled when that "someday" came along 

Well that someday finally came a few weeks ago! 

I rushed out to buy it. 
It was in decent shape. I mean it had to be redone but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. 
However I was slightly grossed out by the mouse nest I found.....can we say ewwwwwwwwwww

I carefully removed the card holder/pulls and left them in vinegar to clean up. 
Then got to work on converting the first two levels into a coffee table. 
Ordered wood for the top and created a new one. 

I finally finished this morning.

 I left the side straps pretty much alone. I did clean them up but didn't paint them. I love the original patina on them :)

 The back is as pretty as the front :) 
 I did paint the label/pulls after cleaning them. They are done in a flat black. 

Over all I'm THRILLED with how this turned out. 
I have a second one I'm going to be working on, but I'm waiting for new label/pulls to come in. They have been ordered. Ohh how I hate waiting.
Have a great Wed.

Sharing here : 
Savvy Southern Style
Coastal Charm
36th Avenue 
The Shabby Creek Cottage 
The Bramleberry Cottage 
Made in a Day 
Elizabeth & Co. 
Funky Junk Interiors 
Miss Mustard Seed 


  1. Love it! It turned out great! I too have been waiting to find one of these...someday. Glad you found yours.

  2. This is one of your best Titia!!!

  3. This is great! I dream of the day I'll find a card catalog like that!

  4. How fabulous!! Great find and great use for it!!

    Just found your blog - new follower!

  5. Can we say "love"? YES! what an inventive use of such a functional piece.

  6. It absolutely gorgeous - what a lucky find!!!!!!!
    You turned this into something amazing - I'd love to have a piece like this in my home :)

  7. Wow! This is the coolest coffee table ever! So glad to find you thru E&Co. Gonna go check out the rest of your blog now . . .
    Blessings to you,

  8. Really love this! You did a great job! I found you through Funky Junk Interiors link party.

  9. this is so incredibly cool. sharing on FB now!
    Thanks for linking up to support Habitat. Hope to see you back tomorrow!

  10. Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!

  11. It looks beautiful! I LOVE card catalogs!
    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed's link party :)

  12. Love this! I will be featuring it on my Friday Favorites today!

    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

  13. I just found my card catalog (similar with three rows of drawers and the same straps on the side). I think mine took a little less work to make into my coffee table but I am still not happy with the top that I made, and will probably replace it. Glad to see someone else making it a functional piece of furniture.