I have mentioned in a earlier post that I was in the market for not just one, but two, new coffee tables. You can read the full post here. I needed a new coffee table not only for my living room, but also for the family room of our home that we also call the “Front Room” (because it is at the front of the home). My post covered some of the great, and inexpensive, options I had found online that could work in either room. Before I ordered anything though, I wasn’t going to give up on finding something to save and update at a local thrift stores. So I waited and kept looking and finally found a simple $20 coffee table project for the living room.
Actually, I found two tables at the thrift store at some great prices and decided to just go for it on both of them. You will see the second coffee table in an upcoming post.
This thrift store had recently received old furnishings from a hotel remodel and had all of these coffee and side tables stacked 20 or more high against the back wall. All of the legs had been removed and were in storage containers so you really had to use your imagination on what these would look like. Actually, there was nothing unique, stylish or even fancy about these tables, except for the curved legs. The curved legs would match my side table. With just a $20 price tag, I decided to give it a try.
To be honest, I think the look of the original table is a bit ugly, but the simple lines and curved legs were what I was shopping for to go with the more masculine vibe in my living room. I decided this table just needed some white or creme colored paint to soften the look of the room.
And I can’t deny it the price for just too good to pass up.
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$20 Coffee Table Makeover
For this project I used the following products:
- Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint in Ivory (found at Walmart)
- Waverly Chalk Paint Brushes
- Waverly Inspirations Clear Wax
- DecoArt Dark Creme Wax
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
After bringing the table home and sitting it in the living room, my husband and I both decided that it was definitely too tall for the room. (We strongly suspected they had given us the legs for a side table instead of the coffee table). My husband was already working on cutting some baseboard trim pieces in the garage and just took the legs and cut about 3 inches off the bottom. Problem solved.
Please ignore the dogs and the other tables in the background. We are still working on two rooms at the same time and sometimes you just have to move things around a lot. The dogs are just cute to look at.
A $20 Thrift Store Find Before & After
The first step in this whole process was to thorough clean the table and use a deglosser product to remove any old finish. The top of this coffee table has a laminate veneer so I made the decision that chalk paint was the easiest way to cover it.
I ended up applying four coats of the Ivory chalk paint over a couple of days. Then I applied one coat of the wax coating and waited for it to dry.
To be honest, I still didn’t love this table and thought I might have to start all over. It was just too light and needed some character. So, I took some 220 grit sandpaper and roughed up the edges of the top and some small places on the legs. Then I mixed just a dab of the dark creme wax with the clear wax and applied a second coat to the coffee table to give it just a bit of an aged look. I liked this look much better.
The coffee table is not “perfect” but I definitely like the way it looks in the room for now.
I have just a few more things to finish up and this room will finally be ready for a full reveal.
“I always let the Lord guide me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8
Denise Majevadia says
The table looks so much better. Great job. The dogs are gorgeous !
Thanks for visiting Denise. Those dogs seem to find themselves in my photos quite often.
Emily @DomesticDeadline.com says
Looks great! I keep looking at coffee tables, but we haven’t actually used one in years, but we did for so long, I think it’s normal to assume I need one, lol. #HomeMattersParty
Chloe Crabtree says
What a great job you did on this table! I love the color, and although the legs needed to be cut down, you certainly got a bargain of a price! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!
Thanks Chloe. We really like it so far.
Brenda Young @UniqueJunktique says
I love the thrill of a thrifty flip, making a cheap find look beautiful is just so satisfying. Love how your table turned out and thanks for sharing your project at #fridaysfurniturefix Donna
Great makeover. Thanks for sharing with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party.
Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond says
What a great job! Thanks for sharing with us at #overthemoon it really looks so different to the original and amazing what you can do with a little imagination.
Thanks for visiting Sue. Glad you liked the table.
Sam @ Raggedy Bits says
What a fabulous find and makeover! Love the colour you chose and looking forward to your full room reveal.
Thank you for sharing your project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!
I like the lighter color on the table, it looks great in the room, and like a whole new table. #HomeMattersParty
Thanks Nicole. I hope to have the whole room reveal soon.
Look really nice!
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Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
It’s amazing what $20 of paint and supplies can do! Your coffee table makeover turned out great. I love the ivory color. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂
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Thanks. I have to admit I like it more every day. Glad I took a chance on it.
Looks amazing! And what a score for $20!!! Looks like a great addition to the house – And your pups are super cute too!! #HomeMattersParty
Elise Cohen Ho says
The table looks great but it is so hard to ignore the dog. The one reminds me of one of my childhood pets 🙂
Thanks Elise. I seem to always find one of them in my photos these days. Love our fur babies though.
Hi Donna – just popping in from the #HomeMattersParty . . . we also just painted a couple of small end tables with the chalk paint and they definitely look better than they did before! Your table looks great – and you’ve inspired me to try refinishing a couple of other older pieces we have that are still in good shape but just looking kind of tired and tattered around the edges. So glad we can connect through the #HomeMattersParty! See you next week at the link-up. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Thanks Nina. Chalk paint isn’t always my favorite to use but when I know paint will have a problem sticking to some surfaces it is usually the best paint to use. I am getting ready to start the second coffee table project this weekend. Good luck on your projects.
Lynn Woods says
Looks like a completely different table! I haven’t tried chalk paint for a major project, but think I’m going to use it to redo my jewelry box. #HomeMattersParty
Thanks Lynn. You should definitely try it and show us the end results.
Kathy E. says
Very nice! I think the legs have almost a modern look and the paint color is definitely an improvement! Cute dogs, too!
Thanks Kathy. The dogs are very spoiled.
Carol ("Mimi") says
Nice job! I actually think the curve of the legs looks better with 3 inches cut off the bottom. The table works really well at coffee-table height. The chalk paint finish looks quite lovely. What a great project at a frugal price!
Thanks Carol. The more it sits in the room the more I like it. Thanks for visiting.
Rania Abdulla says
Very nice and very affordable. It totally transformed the table. Great job!! Would love to connect at http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2017/06/28/basement-remodeling-ideas/