Antique Lyre Coffee Table Rescued & Restored

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Back a month or so ago, I shared how I went to scope out some items being sold off by a young couple that recently bought a downtown vacant building. I came home with many treasures, like the antique Art Deco waterfall cedar chest I redid (see it here). While there, I also instantly fell in love with this antique lyre coffee table.

Antique Lyre Coffee Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do you blame me? It’s cute, so delicate, and still has some life left in it. I only paid a couple of bucks and there’s a reason why. If you look close, do you see what I see?

Worn Antique Lyre Coffee Table Needs New Life | prodigalpieces.com

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At some point, someone thought it would be good to update it with some faux wood contact paper. I wasn’t sure why they would do that, but I was gonna find out. haha.

Faux Wood Contact Paper on Antique Coffee Table...Oy! | prodigalpieces.com

I kept saying quietly, “You poor thing…” Here it is with paper removed and a whole lotta residue. blucky!

Coffee Table Damaged Top | prodigalpieces.com

Removing that paper revealed the real problem See those breaks in the top? Clean through.

Broken Coffee Table Top Soon to be Replaced by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, of course I had to remove that center panel and start fresh. It came out fairly easy and gave me a better idea of what I was up against and how I was going to proceed.

Removing Damaged Lyre Coffee Table Top for Repair | prodigalpieces.com

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You might call me crazy, but I LOVE doing this. I love seeing how things are put together and how craftsman of days gone by created such beauty. I was a bit puzzled how I was going to get that frame apart so I could insert a new top without busting it up. However, a gentle hand led me to be able to remove the pins holding the corners and get one short side off creating a slot for my new hardwood ply.

JC cut a new top insert for me with our table saw while I took care of the other damage that needed tending. What a sweetie to help, right? The feet were missing their brass claw foot toe caps, so I jumped online and found some replacements. I bought a set of authentic ones from an Etsy shop, but the dude was so rude and he cancelled my order without notice. His loss – tsk. They cost WAY more than this antique lyre coffee table was going to be worth, so I decided to go with replicas. They are too shiny new for me, so I will be aging them in a bit.

Brass Claw Foot Toe Caps for Furniture Feet via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I could replace them though, I had my work cut out for me repairing the feet. The damaged was primarily on one end of the table. There were major pieces missing that I first attempted to repair with wood filler, but I was skeptical.

Repaired Lyre Coffee Table Legs with Wood Filler | prodigalpieces.com

After I sanded them down with my oribital sander, I just wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, so I removed the filler and went to my trusty Bondo. It is an automotive filler that works like a charm. You can see how I’ve restored other pieces with it in these posts.

Bondo Repaired Coffee Table Leg by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once I made other repairs, I was finally ready to add the middle panel. It slid down into one end and then I replaced the side I removed back to it’s original state. I decided to stain it with Early American so that I could have the entire table in a similar color state.

Replace Table Top on Antique Lyre Coffee Table | prodigalpieces.com

I wasn’t going for color match because I knew the replaced plywood wouldn’t look as good as the original. Plus with the other repairs, I planned to paint to make it all cohesive. My first choice was my favorite Drop Cloth by Dixie Belle. Using my 2″ Angled Paint Brush made it a breeze to complete.

Zibra Angled Paint Brush for Antique Lyre Coffee Table Update by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After two coats of Drop Cloth and letting cure in between, I decided to add some dynamics to this antique lyre coffee table with a soft color contrast using Dried Sage. A super soft green that makes me smile.

Cutting in Coffee Table with Dried Sage by Dixie Belle Paint Company with Zibra Square Brush | prodigalpieces.com

My Square Brush makes getting straight edges with no brush strokes a breeze. I just love that little brush! You can see all 8 styles of brushes I have in my arsenal and offer up for sale in my shop HERE.

Get the right brush for the job. Choose one of 8 different Zibra paint brushes to get the job done DIY style. Available at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So the table is painted and has cured, but I still want to create more drama using a dark Brown Wax. I use another Square Brush dedicated to wax after it’s retired from painting.

Waxing Antique Lyre Coffee Table with Dixie Belle Brown Wax by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The replaced center panel got a couple of coats of Gator Hide for a long-lasting, durable finish.

Here’s this lovely little lady repaired, refreshed, and ready to go.

Antique Lyre Coffee Table Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Beautiful Antique Lyre Coffee Table Finished with Dixie Belle Paint Products by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m delighted with the outcome of this sweet table. It is restored and ready for a much longer life than it would have had otherwise.

Restored Antique Coffee Table with Lyre Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Dixie Belle Paint Products Use on this Antique Coffee Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The replaced top is now ready to go and the little feet add just the right finishing touch, don’t you think?

Antique Coffee Table Top Restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Brass Claw Foot Toe Caps on this Antique Lyre Coffee Table that has been restored by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hope is that not only you enjoyed this restoration, but are inspired to give DIY a try too. If you would like to own this table, you can find it available in my shop along with many other delights for your home.

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Restored Antique Lyre Coffee Table with Claw Feet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this antique lyre coffee table restoration so that others can be inspired to tackle these kinds of gems too. We all need inspired from time to time, right?

What a save! This broken antique lyre coffee table had seen better days, but Larissa of Prodigal Pieces saw fit to restore it and give it new life. Details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #homedecor #shopping

Up next…do you know what these are? I scored both of them in the same curbside shopping run during city cleanup. They became something new! SEE HERE.

Wooden Gentleman's Butlers Before Repurposed Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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30 Comments

  • Bonnie

    What a beauty. You have such an eye for detail and seem to know just the right colors. What an inspiration you are!

    May 1, 2018 at 6:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so, Bonnie. This was much labor, but lots of love.

      May 1, 2018 at 7:05 am Reply
  • Claudine

    This lyre table was so deserving of a spa day! It is now a real beauty again. You did a wonderful job on her! 🙂

    May 1, 2018 at 6:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee hee! I love it! Thank you so much, Claudine.

      May 1, 2018 at 7:04 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    You did an amazing job. The beauty has been restored.

    May 1, 2018 at 7:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra. I’m glad I gave it a try. Much work, but fun to do! 😀

      May 1, 2018 at 9:00 am Reply
  • JamieK

    Wow! 😮 what a beautiful makeover! Great job!! ❤️❤️

    May 1, 2018 at 7:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun, Jamie. Thank bunches! 😀

      May 1, 2018 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Lorri Rauscher

    Absolutely lovely! Let me tell you… you inspire me every time I see your pieces.😊
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    May 1, 2018 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That really means much, Lorri, as I’ve had a long couple of days. Thank you!

      May 1, 2018 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Cricket

    Larissa, another job well done…she is just lovely! It is such fun to find a “sister friend” who feels the same love for the beauty of “old” things. I really want to redo my Nana’s antique china closet…she’s about 150 years old and just needs a wee makeover. Solid mahogany with mirrored back, glass shelves and the original lock and key. Wish I could send you a picture of her now and then my redo idea…will you shoot me an email?
    Thanks,
    Cricket

    May 1, 2018 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, kindred spirits are always a blessing to find. Hugs! Feel free to use the Contact tab at the top to send me an email. If I put it here I am subject to spam. Thanks!

      May 1, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Christy

    This turned out so beautiful, Larissa! Good thing you came along and rescued that poor thing! XO

    May 1, 2018 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Christy. Fun to find and redo.

      May 1, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    It turned out beautiful! Another great job. You’re such an inspiration!

    May 1, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      And you are the most awesome support, Debra. Thank you!

      May 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    Love the coffee table! You always seem to have just the right vision ( and skills) for giving old pieces new life. I love seeing the befores and afters (and in-betweens, too.) The two wooden pieces you mentioned at the end of your post are (I think! ) storage stands for a set of wooden fold-up “TV tables.” At least, that’s what the the lighter-colored one is. Not sure about the darker one, but my guess that it is also a stand…just has a different way of working maybe. I can’t wait to see what your create with those…I have often wondered what I could do with one I keep hanging on to for some unknown reason!

    May 1, 2018 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much! 😀 You’re good on the guess. haha. Can’t wait to show you.

      May 1, 2018 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Absolutely gorgeous

    May 1, 2018 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the compliment, Melissa. 🙂

      May 1, 2018 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, you are a true craftswoman! You never just slap paint on a piece and call it done. You painstakingly take these pieces apart, repair any damage, and then allow your creative juices flow. You are a true inspiration. Have a great day!!

    May 1, 2018 at 10:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are the best, Kaycee! Thank you for getting what I do. It’s a blast!

      May 1, 2018 at 9:50 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    I love the shape of this little table. Thanks for bringing it back to life!

    May 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t it fun?! Thank you!

      May 1, 2018 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • lori

    i love all of your work ! look so forward to your posting days! keep up the great work….thx

    May 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’ve made my day, Lori. Thank you!

      May 3, 2018 at 5:27 am Reply
  • Marie

    Another beaten-down piece of furniture rescued by the furniture whisperer and restored to a beautiful finish! Love the makeover, Larissa. Pinned 🙂

    May 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! Just saw we are on the same coffee table vibe. Fun!

      May 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Carissa

    Tha is so much for posting the hard work in the woodworking side. Nothing but to jump into my complicated projects now!!

    May 6, 2018 at 8:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit! 😀

      May 7, 2018 at 9:21 pm Reply

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