The LoungeFrench Oak Coffee Table

May 3, 2019by cheree4

Last week I broke two personal design rules. 1. Never buy large purchases online, sight unseen. 2. Only purchase second-hand furniture, with the goal to upcycle where possible. I don’t know what came over me, but after rolling out this ratty coffee table to the sunroom over Easter, even Paul said enough is enough!

We inherited this wicker piece from our old landlord. It’s hard to believe, we have been looking at this broken, cane tragedy for the past six years?

I think the only one who will miss this coffee table will be the neighbour’s cat, Coco. She loved jumping in the small holes and playing with Paul’s toes.

I swear this cat forgets where she lives….

Before I show you what we bought, here are a few tables I spotted online. If the shipping prices weren’t so astronomical they both would have been on the next boat!


I was suprised, but Paul found both of these choices too busy and too rustic for him.

Here is one we both agreed on. We like the simplicity and the detailing of the wood. Plus the 30% off also helped the decision making process.


We know the quality is good because we purchased our bathroom mirror from the same supplier.

While I wait for the delivery, I thought I would dive in and see how to style our second oak beauty. Below is a brilliant example of how to add interest and texture to your coffee table.

I have picked out another couple of examples that I am in love with…

Blue and white pottery just melts my heart.


Such an easy and effective way to add height to your table with stacked books. Not a lot of room to put a cup of tea or your feet, but who can ignore a lovely candle display…


After all this research, I feel like I need to go out and do some ornamental shopping. Oh hang on that would be breaking another rule. No more home shopping until we get the roof quotes in. In the next couple of months, we need to squirrel away enough money to pay for the roof and possible kitchen? I guess it wouldn’t hurt to look though 🙂



  • Val

    May 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Cheree, I love the table you bought and I agree with your blue and white scheme as it always looks so fresh x

    • cheree

      May 6, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Val thank you. I love the word fresh. It’s exactly how I want the lounge to feel x

  • Colleen

    May 6, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Oooh Cheree, shopping!!!!! Fab table, love it!
    Thanks for the How To on coffee table arranging as I’ve had trouble with that forever!! But even worse for me is dinning table!! Will I have to wait for dinning room to learn those tricks??

    • cheree

      May 6, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Hi Colleen. Yes, styling tabletops and cushions are a design minefield!! Thanks for the feedback and upcoming post idea!! 🙂

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