I wanted to share with you today a DIY project that will take your average coffee table to the next level. Would you believe me if I told you this update only cost me $25?
When Dane and I were about to move into our first home together, we were on a tight budget (still are) and were in desperate need for furniture to fill our home.
My Dad found this coffee table in the FREE category of Craigslist, so I jumped on the opportunity. I mean, who doesn't love free?!
I already had black paint handy, so that's the color it became. And that's the color it's been for 3.5 years.
For this update, I painted the table base a color I had on hand: Lighthouse Shadows by Valspar. My handy HomeRight Spray Gun helped me finish the job in no time!
After the paint dried, we added a pre-made tabletop we bought at Home Depot for just $25! We applied Wood Glue to the existing table top and applied the pre-made tabletop over it to dry. To help keep the table top sturdy and guaranteed to stay for many years, we also put a few screws into the bottom to hold it in place.
We then applied a Walnut stain to the top to give it some rusticness and color contrast. I prefer to rub my stain in with a paper towel instead of brushing it on with a brush because I feel I have more control that way.
After the table was completely dried, we added a few coats of wax to the base and Polyurethane to the table top to protect them from everyday wear and tear.
For any of you who have used Poly before, you may be too familiar with the bumpy finish it can leave. I've learned the best way to sand a finished wood product down is to use a brown paper bag. It allows you to smooth the surface without leaving the chalky finish left by sanding blocks.
We hope you enjoyed this simple DIY and hope to see you tackle your own furniture projects! We'd love to see what you've created!
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