This refurbished coffee table idea is a budget-friendly and beautiful way to add a rustic farmhouse touch to your living room. Transform your own dated coffee table with this step-by-step tutorial.
Refurbishing a Beat Up Coffee Table
As many of you may know having kids can be quite the challenge. They run, jump and do all sorts of things that would make me pull a nerve in unwanted places in my body. For them it’s all in a day’s play. But my furniture takes a beating.
For many years I had a vintage trunk for a coffee table. It was solid and it did not budge. But after a while, I wanted to feel like a normal human and have a “real” coffee table.
I spotted this old table (no, it was not in the basement) and asked the hubs to cut the legs down to coffee table height. I stained it this color that you see above, which was fine 10 years ago when “orange” was all the rage.
But looking at it now, well it looks too orangey. And it was full of scratches (thanks kids) and cracks. Time for a much needed update or an accident waiting to happen?
Materials Needed for this Coffee Table Upcycle
- old solid wood coffee table
- orbital sander and sandpaper
- dust cloths and drop cloth
- clear varnish
- paint brush
- black chalky paint
How to Refurnish a Coffee Table
I gave it a good sanding and this is what I found underneath all those layers of stain and varnish.
Imagine my surprise when I accidentally discovered that the frame of the table top was a different wood than the actual top.
I liked this blonde wood so much I decided to keep it and not stain it a darker color. I used a colorless varnish that had just a tiny bit of yellow in it.
Here you can see the difference between the naked wood and the varnish which was still wet. It took about 4 coats and 2 weeks of waiting for it to finally stop absorbing the varnish.
When the coffee table top was finally finished, I opted to paint the legs with black chalky paint, and lightly distress them. Here you can see how nice the legs look with the wood showing through, which also happens to be the same wood on the frame top.
And here you can see all three colors of the refurbished coffee table: the black, the reddish and the blonde! I couldn’t have done a better job if I had planned it. Another happy accident!
By choosing to use a colorless varnish for the coffee table surface, the natural grain of the wood shone through. This was not visible before the makeover nor were the dark spots on this unique piece of wood.
Here is the refurbished coffee table in it’s natural habitat!
One last look at that horrible before:
And that smooth blonde color which is so soothing to my eyes.
This old table has been around for about 70 years, and now with it’s new colors, and no more little kids in the house, it’ll be around for many more. I did not set out to make a tricolored table. But it seems that this month’s theme has become happy accidents.
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