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Coffee Table Farmhouse Makeover

Updated on May 2, 2016
The finished product
The finished product

The table I used I actually found on the side of the road in hard rubbish!! Free coffee table to start with!

For this project you will need need the following:

  • Sandpaper, one rough and one softer
  • white paint
  • paint brush
  • screws
  • a drill
  • a saw
  • measuring tape
  • wood
  • rag
  • undercoat paint

First of all I gave my table a wipe down, then gave it a good sand all over. I laid it on the top so it was easier to sand all the legs. After sanding it down give it a wipe with a rag to get all the dust off.


Silly me forgot to take a before picture, but it was all dark brown.
Silly me forgot to take a before picture, but it was all dark brown.

Now we are ready to do a coat of white undercoat paint, just read the tin for how to leave it for to dry. I then did two coats in gloss white with a 6 hour gap in between . I chose to buy the water based paint, for one it dries a lot quicker, secondly you don't need to clean brushed with turpes!

You will notice that I did not paint or sand the table top. Why you may ask, this is because we are going to be covering it with wood. No need to waste time and paint!

Now you need to get wood. Measure up your table and head to your local Bunnings or hardware store. Or if like me you want to be cost effective you can simply have a look on gumtree for people getting rid of wood for free or very cheaply.

Once I picked up my free wood, I then measured the wood up to cut to length. I wanted my wood to hang over the table edges. So I placed the wood on the table and marked where I wanted to cut.

Pull out your hand saw and cut all your pieces up. Place them back on top of the table to make sure it is the right length.

Now for my favourite part using the drill! You will want to pre drill all of your wood first. I measured roughly 10cm from the edge was where I wanted to drill. Place all your wood down, and start drilling. Start from one end and work your way across.



The table starts looking really good at this point but still a few things to done before it is finished. You need to use your sandpaper again and give it a really good sand with a coarse sand paper. wipe off the dust and then do another sand with a fine sand paper. This is to just get rid of the rough edges and sharp corners from where we cut the wood.

Once you think it is nice and smooth time to varnish the table top. Wipe off dust and get ready to see your table look amazing. Varnish helps protect the wood and give it a beautiful finish.

Apply two coats of varnish with a 6hr gap in between, and a light sand. Your coffee table should be looking pretty good now.


The finished product
The finished product

The finished product, I love my new table.

© 2016 Charmerae

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