Vintage Sled Turned Coffee Table
Several of Christmases ago, my husband and I were hosting a Christmas party for his work. We always love to really bless the staff at Set Free Alaska who pour our their lives in helping people overcome addiction. They are an incredible team of people. So I of course had fun making the house beautiful. I wanted them to feel blessed and pampered. While my husband majored on the prime rib and bacon wrapped dates, I also made a delectable salad, and did I mention dessert? It was a lot of fun!
Something we lacked a couple of years ago were supplemental pieces of furniture that we have now as I repurposed used-up thrifted finds. One of the pieces that we needed was a place for a drink station. So I made a make-shift buffet out of a baby changing table and a piece of reclaimed wood for the surface. It worked really well and with greenery and candles it looked so festive.
Another thing we lacked was a coffee table for the living room. Hosting a Christmas party for just the adults, I thought it would be nice to have a place to put hot drinks, nuts, and desserts without having to hold a cup all evening. This is when I came up with the idea of doing a very festive coffee table, turning a vintage sled to do the job.
I took an end table we had in the family room and flipped it upside down and placed the runners of a vintage sled from our porch in between the legs of the table. Suddenly it was a very festive coffee table. I wouldn’t want this around with kids present, the paint on the runners should really be sealed, and the metal rails seem like a bit of a hazard for children, but for adults just sitting and mingling, it is a rustic, creative statement piece. Sadly, I neglected to take any photos. So I thought I would remake the coffee table as creative inspiration for others out there.
Originally I used a lot of cedar and evergreen in between the upside down ledges. For this staging opportunity, I thought I would branch out of my typical blue and white color scheme and go red, black and white. I actually just covered and pinned fabric I have to existing pillows (ssshhh, don’t tell). I’ve been picking up fabric here and there in this color scheme from thrift stores with the hopes that someday when I actually design my master bedroom, it will be neutral so that I can do this at Christmas.
And as I ran around quickly staging and photographing in between caring for a sick boy, feeding an infant and the three hours of allotted Alaskan daylight, I found some snowflakes I had purchased at Target from the dollar section. What perfect coasters they make on this piece! But, I ran out of time to do an entire new photo session, so one is all you get.
If you need an extra table or surface for your Christmas entertaining this year, pull out that vintage sled, flip over an end table and you will have the most festive coffee table ever.
Next I’ll begin sharing our Christmas décor…
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What a great adult you’ve turned out to be Cheryl! Love reading your posts. Hope you & yours have a very Merry Christmas. Love.
Thank you so much, Kathy! A very Merry Christmas to you! Some of my favorite Christmas memories are in Chester. Sending love that way!
This is fabulous, Cheryl! I love the sled idea! Lately I’ve been wanting to find a few winter outdoorsy type items for the decks and porch. Mine are just so blah during the winter.
Love the red and black with your blue decor. It looks fabulous. If you happen to post on IG, I’m hosting a hashie party called #madforplaiddecor. Join us. We have five hosts and one loves plaid so much that she has plaid carpet in her home. I think you would be a huge hit with our audience too.
Thank you so much Olivia. I used to have a cute front porch, including this sled and evergreen. But, in this house we have a garage, so I never use the front door in the winter, and I’m afraid with it being cold, it’s just been neglected. Seeing as we have single digit temps though, most people rush inside without admiring pretties anyhow, so my entry is decked out (I’ll share that in the next week or so). Sad but true. I added the #madforplaiddecor to my IG. 🙂