Thrift store makeovers are one of my favorites. It is exciting to take something dated, worn, or just ugly and give it new life and one of a kind personality for your home. This is one of those types of makeovers where I took a very plain and very black round coffee table and gave it a fun and quirky bright yellow makeover.
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For months I was on the hunt for not one, but two new coffee tables for my home. One for our living room and a second one for our newly renovated family room at the front of the house. Each room has a different style and decor. The living room is a relaxed family gathering room with multiple reclining sofas and is all about comfort. The front room – as we call it – has a more whimsical modern style with mid century furniture mixed with rustic details like the large stone fireplace. The room just needed something just as bright and whimsical in a coffee table too.
I love updating furniture. There is just something about taking a piece that has been well loved (aka worn out) and giving it a new look and purpose.
Sometimes you just want to remake something in a new color just for fun, and I have been looking for the perfect piece to paint bright yellow for a while. When I found this coffee table in a local thrift store for only $30, I immediately imagined it in either a bright yellow or even orange. Yellow won out for me.
This coffee table started out as a very low round black table.
As with a lot of the projects I decide to do, I let this table sit around the house for a few weeks. I moved it from room to room to see where it could work “as is” and imagined it in several different colors.
The table is very squatty and low to the ground. The black color just makes it sink into the floor and disappear. It is not eye-catching or exciting. It is just a low black table with no personality.
Honestly, this table could have looked fabulous with just some cleaning up and paint touch-ups. In the right sitting of course. And yes, I have heard a few complaints that I dared to change it from black to yellow. If the table had been a beautiful wood with fantastic lines and details, I wouldn’t have painted over it. But it was not, and for my home I wanted a bright yellow table and so I finally made the decision that yellow was the color choice for me either way.
Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover
For this project you will need:
The first thing I needed to do was clean up the table and remove the top sheen. I used a deglosser product on the finish and gave it a light sanding to get the paint to stick. I decided to use chalk paint on this table because it would stick easily to the existing finish either way.
The color I chose was Maize from Waverly Chalk Paint.
Sometimes it is just fun to add bright color to your decor and enjoy it.
If you have ever worked with chalk paint before, you know that it goes on so much easier using the right tools and a little patience. However, chalk paint saves time in removing the old finish and lots of sanding so it is still a good choice when updating an old piece of furniture.
Applying chalk paint takes several layers of paint and then sometimes several layers of a wax top coat. In the end I had to apply four layers of chalk paint, the first being some leftover ivory chalk paint I used as a base coat, and then three layers of the yellow.
The whole table got two coats of clear wax with buffing in between.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10