If you aren’t familiar with the Broyhill Brasilia line of furniture, check out some examples here. These tables are not part of that line, but are very reminiscent of its famous design!
This is actually a before picture, but the lighting was so sweet, I think it’s my favorite shot!
Here’s why these are before shots:
You can see that the black honeycomb textured base/shelf inside each table is a bit worse for wear. That was the first thing I needed to address.
Please ignore the fact that the colors don’t match up in the before & after pictures above! The main point is that the wear and tear on the black portion has magically disappeared! Hooray for sharpies:
That’s right, I spent several crooked-neck hours coloring in each and every scrape with a sharpie. It reminded me of one of those kaleidoscope/geometric coloring books! The texture of the surface is still a bit rough, but they all look much better!
And a peek at the adorable brass feet on the end tables (the coffee table doesn’t have any brass feet – it either never did, or all were lost at some point in its past):
You really can’t tell from the pictures, but the tables are actually a gorgeous walnut color wood-grained laminate/Formica.
Most people seem to have something against laminate, but I really don’t know why. Mid-century modern laminate is super high quality, extremely realistic, and is almost always in better shape than a veneer or solid wood piece of a similar age.
It is not that Ikea paper coating, or the grainy-textured faux-wood countertop material. Plus, to me, laminate reflects the spirit of the mid century age – back then it was an ultra modern, cutting edge choice for furniture, and actually extremely desirable!
Not to mention its practicality.
You know my gorgeous burl wood dining table? I can’t set anything down on it without protecting the surface with a towel and a prayer. So it’s absolutely fabulously beautiful, but it’s high maintenance.
We have this laminate mid century dining table in our kitchen at the moment, and it’s indestructible and in just as pristine condition as when it was made in the 50’s or 60’s! For a coffee table, laminate is an awesome choice, so you’re not always anxiously barking at your guests to remember to use their coaster. I LOVE that my burl coffee table is actually laminate! I’m not afraid to use it as, you know, a coffee table.
So that’s my little essay in defense of mid century laminate. It’s durable, good-looking, and reminds me of a charming bygone era of history!
How do you feel about laminate vs. real wood? Can faux finishes be classy? What do you think about these tables? You will NEVER guess how much I paid for them!