That's why this:
Turned into this:
To start, I took the blue tray off the bottom and flipped it over on top of the divided box.
Hmm... yeah, looks like I didn't bother to paint the bottom. Scrapbook paper to the rescue!
Now, just add a fish bowl full of jute rope.
And I have to make a little ribbon nautical bunting. (sew through little ribbon scraps - super duper easy)
Add a candle and some sea shells for the finishing touch - and there ya go!
I also added my "S" and a vintage nautical oil panting to extend the look to the rest of the coffee table.
Now when I'm sitting in the living room watching far too many hours of netflix streaming, I remember that it's OK, because I'm on vacation!