Have I told you that I love my Dewalt Miter Saw? I do, it seriously makes so many projects easy, including this coffee table makeover. And this coffee table turned out so cute. You won’t believe what it looked like when I found it. I doubt the last owner would recognize it.
The truth is this coffee table started out as one of those huge 2-tier end tables that was so popular in the 80’s and 90’s. But a table that size (32″x32″) just doesn’t fit into most living rooms as an end table. I wasn’t sure I wanted it at first, but the legs are absolutely beautiful and the price was great. I just had to figure out what to do about that second tier.
My first thought was to upholster it and turn it into an over-sized ottoman/coffee table. Then top it off with a cute tray to make it functional. But with my 2 little guys, the tray would have been just another toy to them. Can you relate? I needed to figure out another plan. Then one day I was sitting in my living room, looking at the art I made from scrap wood, when it struck me. This table was perfect for a wood patterned top. The table has an 1/8″ wood edge all around the top, it was the perfect frame for the wood pattern that would hide the holes that would be left behind after removing the second tier. Win win.
I started by removing the second tier as carefully as possible. That L-shaped top is still in the garage, I’m just hoping I can find a way to use it one day. I hate wasting good wood. Next, I applied a coat of KILZ 2 Primer to the coffee table, followed by a coat of Behr’s Polished Pearl after it dried. I used a sanding block to rough up all the edges, corners, and detail areas of this great table. Whenever you have a table with a lot of detail, distressing will look so nice without much effort. After distressing, I gave the table a coat of Minwax’s Poly. Now I needed to decide on a wood pattern for this coffee table makeover.
After checking out a few (hundred) ideas on Pinterest, I settled on a design plan and headed to Home Depot. I used 1×3 common board for this project. The cuts were pretty simple, just set the Miter Saw to 45 degrees and you’re ready to go. I decided to work from the outside in to make it as easy as possible. I started by drawing an X all the way across the table, from one corner to the other. This would work as a guide for my measurements. I started with one side and measured across the table on that side to get the width. Since this piece is square, a 45 degree angle cut works perfectly. All you need is the measurement of the widest part of the wood to make your cuts. I worked my way along each of the 4 sides before moving to the next row. It was really very simple.
I sanded all of the pieces with 120 grit sandpaper after the cuts were complete. This roughed it up and cleaned off all the dirt and grime it had picked up since being milled. Before staining, I always use wood conditioner. It helps the wood absorb the stain easily. You’ll want to follow the directions on your wood conditioner and stain. Usually the wood conditioner is rubbed on with a cloth and left to soak in for 5-10 minutes before you can apply your first coat of stain. I also use a clean rag to apply the stain, be sure to rub off any extra stain. If you forget, the piece will be left sticky and take much longer to dry. After staining I used 3 coats of polyurethane since it’s a table top. Wood that will get extra abuse needs extra protection.
What do you think about this coffee table makeover? I love the result and this shade of white with this shade of stain always looks great.
Feeling inspired? Want to make your do your own coffee table makeover? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need from Amazon. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!