Here it is…my $20 coffee table turned into a work of art!
You can find this coffee table at any thrift store…OR you may have it sitting in your home and want to spruce it up a bit. Go for it! I knew I wanted to stain the top and paint the bottom…so
1) I sanded the finish off the top using my sander. (Wear a mask…you don’t want to inhale all the dusty wood particles…ick) Then I roughed up the bottom and legs a little. If you don’t own a sander…ask for one for Mother’s Day! Until then, borrow a neighbor’s or use a sand block…you’ll have beautiful arm muscles just in time for summer.
2) & 3) I used a paint brush to dust the table and then a wet lint-free rag to wipe it down. You want to make sure that you get all the dust off, so the paint will adhere. Don’t use the same paint brush to dust…that you are going to use to paint with. Make sense?
4) Then I primed the bottom, let it dry. It was cold and I was working in my garage, so I let it dry extra long…like overnight and then painted and let that dry for a few hours. I flipped it onto it’s legs with a drop cloth underneath. I used another paintbrush to put the stain on and then a rag to wipe it off. I did this in sections on the top of the table…with the garage door open. I should put some wipe-on poly to cover the top, but I haven’t and I don’t know if I ever will? But, it’s the thought that counts…right?
I had a sample can of paint from Lowes called “Garden Pot”…also from the seaside retreat collection. The sample can is a great way to go for a custom paint job on a piece of furniture. And it’s only $3 bucks and some change. I bought the tiniest can of walnut stain I could find. then I distressed the edges a little with sand paper. I have my feet propped up on my new coffee table as I write this. It’s lovely in all it’s glory!
P.S. This Friday I’m going to have a Slipcover Party…so come by and link up those slipcovers!
Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says
That looks awesome! Love the bold, bright, fun color! It looks great in your space :).
Great job! I love the color.
Fabulous! I love it. 🙂
This is gorgeous. You've officially inspired me to do a piece just like this. Thank you for sharing.
Gorgeous!!! I want to do something turquoise SO bad! Did you see Centsational girl's dresser makeover with turquoise? So pretty…I don't know if I have the guts to break out of my Heirloom White rut though. lol
vintage girl at heart says
Love this so much!!!
Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says
I love how dark your stain is! It looks fantastic.
I am SO loving the walnut stain. I have a couple of projects in mind for that nice rich dark color. 🙂
P.S. Great idea on using sample color pots!
the tiny twig says
i am jealous! this is darling. 🙂 can i come live at your house?!
LOVE it. Great job!
Adorable! I just posted about my coffee table redo today too!
Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence says
I love the dark top and the turquoise legs, and against the white couch it really POPS!
Very nice! Love the color!!
I've had this coffee table for 12 years with 2 end tables. I absolutely adore it and it is still it great shape. This is the year of change however so I just got done with staining the top a darker color (not as dark as yours) and painting the legs white (with some distressing) and it looks like a totally different table. I love it!
Wow! That looks amazing!
I love this!! Thanks for sharing the paint color.
I really love the color! It makes a great statement in your living room. Fun!
Frugal Home Designs says
That is gorgeous! What a beautiful color. Great job.
oh my word!!! i love it. i will most definitely have to plagarize this idea!
hate i missed the weekend
Looks great! Love the color 🙂
Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue says
I love that pop of color in your living room! Beautiful!
Staci Danford says
That is awesome.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.. What a great color. I've been adding it slowly to my mix lately and have smiled every time I see it. You made that 20 dollar table look totally fabulous. Love your living room too. WOW all over.
Love it!! Great make-over. I have said it before but I love your home. Just gorgeous.
Oh and Yippee that Sandra Bullock won!!
I have been wanting to make a slipcover for some time but I am going to start on something small and not so overwhelming. I hope to have it finished by Friday so I can link up. Thanks for the motivation! Have a beautiful March day!!
MCH PHOTOGRAPHY says
Awesome transformation!! That's my favorite color too.
Kimm at Reinvented says
OOh, I love it! That color is beautiful, and looks awesome with the dark stain. Great job! 🙂
Laurie - Little Blue Chairs says
Makes me wish I hadn't scrapped our table. We had that exact one. Looks great. I love the color you used on the legs.
This is the exact post I needed to find today! I have been going back and forth in my mind about what to do with our thrifty coffee table…I will send you pics of our finished product! Thanks!
Ok, I used to have this EXACT table and loved it and my Husband made me donate. Is that my table LOL?
It never looked beter!
Many Blessings 🙂
I really want to do this!!!…did you sand the legs down to bare wood or just enough to get out any scatches then prime before painting? Thanks!
You've inspired me! Thanks!!
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I have this exact table and end tables in my den right now. I recently painted them all black and roughed them up a bit to look aged. I'm thinking the two toned looks even better! Thanks!
Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says
I too have this EXACT coffee table and this is EXACTLY how I want it to look! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration!
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