Lucite Coffee Table & Craigslist Woes

The living room is slowly coming together, bit by bit. I finally have curtains up (which I’m dreading to share with you because the story includes a DIY disaster) pillows, side tables, and one of the few things left before it is complete…the coffee table.
You can get a glimpse of the one I have here. YIKES post move-in living room. It’s a dark espresso color and I had originally thought I would paint it and add some o’verlays or do a faux carrera marble top, but now I’m just thinking no. No, no, no. Because I know whatever DIY I try to tackle, it’s not going to make me love the table in my home. I love the table, but it’d be perfect in another home.And I’m going to be very sad to part with it. 
First off, it’s almost black, which against the black couch and my favorite vintage black tray just looks like one big blob of black. Secondly, its humongous. It’s beefy. And it takes up a whole lot of visual & physical space in that little apartment of mine.
My solution:


 Here’s my problem. I’ve found some very affordable ones, for around $250, and some very not-so-affordable ones. And while $250 may not seem like too much for a coffee table, I just can’t bring myself to splurge. I want to find the deal.
Well, I found a waterfall one on Craiglist for $120. Maybe it was all the luck I’ve had on Craigslist lately, but I got a little too confident, and I replied asking for $80. Well, I never got a response (shame on you Craigslist poster) and come to find out the post was deleted the next day. It. Sold. WAHHH. I even used Search All Craigslist to look at hundreds of different types of tables. I should spared my over-confidence and my cheapness and went for it. I still would have paid less than half of what they are going for online.
Diary of a cheap woman.
If you Californians spot one…help a sister out. 


  1. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / 10:42 pm

    I'm starting to really like lucite 🙂

    also just wanted to remind you that today I am putting up my june sponsors on my blog!

  2. Thursday, May 31, 2012 / 12:42 am

    I agree with the Lucite table, it's gorgeous! They are so expensive though, if you found it once on craigslist, I'm sure another good deal will pop up. I've seen a few pop up every once in a while on places like Gilt.

    Stay in the Lines

  3. Thursday, May 31, 2012 / 5:12 am

    Ohhhhh…..I love your blog!! We are so similar! I am actually the Long Beach graduate and my husband is a Titan!! We just went back to Long Beach this past weekend to watch the Dirtbag v Titan baseball games! So fun! Of course we had dinner in Belmont Shore! I absolutely have champagne taste on a beer budget. It's no fun, but forces creativity. You are super cute and dress way cuter than me. But I'll still be your friend. :)'

  4. Thursday, May 31, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    Whew! $250? Wish you were able to carouse around in the vintage shops in my town. I got a pretty adorable coffee table and one end table that had both been refinished for less than $100!

    I think the clear table is a good idea though – makes me want to get rid of mine now and go for something roomier!

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