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DIY Projects : Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

I love finding furniture on the side of the road. I am always amazed at what people will just get rid of if they think it’s broken. The truth is… a lot of modern furniture is not very well made or is made of particle board. Real wood furniture can be quite pricey. I am all about finding fun DIY projects to keep me busy and to make old pieces look pretty again.

When I find a piece with good “bones” I have to pick it up and try to work my magic on it. I am a big fan of painting furniture to give vintage pieces a new life.

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When I was working at my union a couple of weeks ago, I was on my lunch break and I stumbled upon this amazing Lane® Wood Coffee Table from the 1970’s/1980’s. It was pretty beat up and the bracing on the bottom was broken.

Here is a little clip of what the coffee table I found in the San Fernando Valley looked like when I first got it.

Supplies I used for this DIY project:

Here is the before of the table with the leaves folded down. This table would be perfect in a small apartment of home. This piece was pretty beaten up when I found it.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 1

I started by cleaning it and then sanding it for a smooth finish. There were some rough spots on this table.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 2

Then I had to decide if I was going to try and repair the bracing under the table or just cut it off. I made the decision to cut it off and I am so happy I did. I used my Ryobi electric cordless jigsaw to make this happen.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial
DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 3

After I removed the old bracing, I needed to use wood putty and a spatula to fill the holes in the legs.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 4

After the putty dried and I sanded that down, it was time to start painting the table with my chalk paint in the color  “Vintage.” I like to try and use supplies I already have for random projects like this one.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 5

I got out my painters tape. I measured from the base of each leg up and marked it. I placed my painter’s tape at the 8″ marker so I could create gold dipped legs on the table. The paint I always love to use for gold pops of color is my “Olympic Gold” Modern Masters paint.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

I also decided the detailing on the side of the table should also be painted gold so it didn’t get lost like it was before I painted it. How pretty is this ornate detailing?

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 6

I was having trouble deciding what to do with the top of this table. I was actually torn between a couple different stencils. But I ended up deciding on this french poem stencil that I used to make over my boyfriend’s old dresser in 2016.

I used a tray and a sponge roller, but this stencil is tricky. Paint dries in the openings of the stencil so easily, that I ended up having to go back over each word with a small artist paint brush to clarify what it said. This took a lot longer than I had remembered. But it was so worth it. I love DIY projects like this one.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 7

After completing the stenciling, I took out my furniture wax and a rag to apply in a circular motion to this table. All over.

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

STEP 8

After rubbing all the furniture wax in, I sat back and admired my work. The coffee table was COMPLETE!!! What do you think of how it turned out?

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

DIY Projects - Coffee Table Furniture Flip Makeover Tutorial

What do you think of this piece? Do you like how it came out? Please let me know in the comments below!

If you are interested in purchasing this piece and you live in the Los Angeles area, this table  is for sale over on the App called “Let Go.”

 

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