Isn’t it the best when you love to do something to find kindred spirits who love the same things too? That’s how I feel when I get together with my blogger friend for Furniture Fixer Uppers Day. It’s all about sharing what we love and inspiring you. You’ll see their work in a bit, but let me share with you how I took a thrifted (and very dated) table and turned it into a farmhouse coffee table.
Nothing like a 35% off coupon burning a hole in your pocket, right? I was shopping for different items for my home and kids and spied this table. I quickly gave it a glance then got down on my hands and knees to see if it was solid wood from underneath. Yeah…there is no shame in my game. tsk.
It has a solid frame, but the center panels were wood veneer on solid wood. So, that’s a win and bonus was that it is heavy. Since I’m a mom I buy like a mom. I would want this to be safe for any home.
The top is showing major signs of wear in the finish, but nothing that can’t be fixed. I loved the faux mortise and tenon design the legs featured. It reminded me of the leather bench we created a few years ago with a real joint. Let me tell ya, those ain’t easy.
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First order of business is to grab my sander and take off that nasty finish. It was simple with the right tool. Already my pulse quickens seeing that good wood come to life.
The sanding went very smoothly that I was delighted to see it come out so well. Once I got the wood to the state I wanted, I placed the table upside-down and spray painted the legs with a basic flat white paint.
After a couple of coats of white, I flipped the table over and used a small foam brush with a bit of Espresso Stain to highlight those crevices.
To finish the top, I chose to use my favorite Early American. It’s just enough of a color to make it look rustic. You can see its many uses in my home and on my past projects HERE. Making the job even easier are my favorite Zibra brushes. In this instance I’m using my 2″ angled brush.
I let the stain cure, then add a topcoat of one of my favorite finishes – Gator Hide using my Stubby Brush. Totally durable and withstands spills like water off a gators back. woot! Two coats letting cure between and I’m done.
Here it is all finished and ready to go.
When I finished this farmhouse coffee table, JC (aka husband) asked if we could keep it. He doesn’t usually say much about my work, but when he asks a question like this I know he likes it. I simply replied, “Not unless you want to add a launching pad and head knocker to our living room decor” which translates we have 6 children and know what coffee tables can do. hahaha. Maybe one day.
I’m very pleased with the outcome of it. The spray paint made the job go super fast, and the top reminds me of an old barn door. Wahoo for thrifted finds made new! It’s even staged with a berry picking tote and wooden baskets from my shop too. Fun to have a stash, isn’t it?
Just goes to show that even the thrift store hold treasures that just need a little lovin’ to get a second life. I hope you were inspired to give DIY projects a try. Pin and share this farmhouse coffee table to inspire others too!
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