Coffee Table Makeover

This has been one of those projects staring me in the eyes for years now…and I’m SO GLAD it’s done!

One of my great friends, Darcy, had moved out of her college apartment and was looking to get rid of some lunky furniture (great way to acquire random pieces by the way)!

Needless to say, I saw this coffee table, and immediately saw it’s inner beauty. Check out it’s transformation below, and feel free to dabble in your own coffee table makeover!

1. Learn from my trial and errors – if you are working with a stained piece of furniture, sanding will. take. forever. So use a stain stripper (follow the directions carefully on the product, as it’s quite a strong chemical)! Spray the top of the coffee table and let soak. Scrape the solution off, and determine whether a second coat is needed (mine did).



Safety first!




After One Coat of stripper:


After second coat of stripper:


2. Elbow grease! Using a medium/all purpose sandpaper, I started at one end and worked to the other. You can see what a difference it makes already!


3. After the whole top has been sanded and smoothed to your liking, it’s time to start on the bottom half. I’m kind of obsessed with the look of Wood & White, but you can literally use any color you want – the beauty if DIY-ing!

4. Paint. I’ve read that chalk paint is the best when it comes to furniture. So instead of buying $35/pint name brand paint, I made my own using this recipe: 1 cup paint + 2 tablespoons Plaster of Paris


5. You may only need one coat, but I did two just to be sure. I chose an off-white matte color.



6. Final touch: hardware! Such a simple and cheap step, but can entirely change the look of the piece. I opted for a dark oil rubbed bronze knob that really pulls the look together.




I hope you are inspired to bring some new life into an old piece, happy DIY-ing!


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