A while back, I was getting really tired of my "matchy" end tables and coffee table. Actually, I never realled loved the color of the wood...they were a little too dark for my taste. They were also oval shaped and I've discovered that I am definitely a "straight-simple-line" type of girl when it comes to decorating. So...on a whim, I just took them all out of my living room and decided that I'd rather not have ANY as to use them. So, I put them in the upstairs bedroom, ran an ad in the paper, and sold them the next week (and bought more prim stuff with the money)!
In the meantime, I started searching my house for anything to use as a table and this is what I came up with...and I'm actually much more pleased with these "make do" tables than with the nice, classy, custom-made matching set that I had before!
This is my cedar hope chest that was in my closet and has been for quite some time. I've had this since before I was married (remember we just hit 26 years), so it's been around awhile! I called my dad over one evening (while Jason was working out in the garage) and asked for his help bringing it out into the living room. I figured Jason would think that I had lost my mind bringing something like THIS into our living room. But just as I suspected, once he came in and saw it there, he loved it!
This one is my very favorite. This is a collection of crates that I found at a yard sale last year. They are actually World War II ammunition crates. I brought them home and put them on the porch. They had been on my front porch being decorated for the various seasons....summer, autumn, then winter. It was early this spring when I brought them in. (I also did this when Jason was at work!):) I love how much I can display on it! And of course, once he saw this in place, all decorated, he liked it too!
And this one, I had to REALLY scrounge the house to find another table! This is a couple of large picnic baskets stacked. Having a table here was an absolute necessity as it sits between our his and hers recliners. We needed a place to sit our snacks and drinks.
And last of all, this one used to be my mom's, I believe. Then it was in Colt's room. So, while he was gone to work one day, I "stole" it from his room (but I replaced it with something else that he was fine with). This one mainly just needed to hold my pump lamp. However, I thought it looked too plain at the bottom, so I added the Americana basket and then just recently after our weekend anniversary trip, I added the bobbins that I brought back.
So there you have it....my scrounged up "make do" tables. If you get tired of the "matchy-matchy" look of your tables....take a look around your house, outside, garage, or shed, and you might be surprised with what you can find....you just might like having make do tables! But don't tell your husband I said so! :)