Once upon a time, my husband bought a boring wooden coffee table on Craigslist for $30. Said coffee table lived a boring life, holding our boring remotes, and being a fat cat’s boring hangout place while we watch TV. BUT THEN THINGS GOT WAY LESS BORING. I was recently inspired by a photo I saw on Door Sixteen, about Barb Blair’s Furniture Makeovers book. (This book is on my reading wishlist! Gotta get it.) I literally ran to the other room and yelled “HUSBAND, is it ok with you if I paint our coffee table 8 different colors?! And luckily, he said yes. Buh-bye boring coffee table. Hellooooo new and exciting favorite piece of furniture!
Here’s what we were working with before:
And now with it’s brand new paint job:
Here’s how I did it:
1) Go to your favorite hardware store and pick out 8 colors that you like. Grab an 8oz sample pot of each, which are about $3 apiece.
2) Sand the surface of your table. The goal is to smooth any rough areas and get it ready for the paint. Paint adheres better to a freshly sanded surface. Use a damp rag to clean the surface of any sanding dust.
3) Use a tape measure to find the middle points of all 4 sides. Mark with a pencil, then use painter’s tape to tape off the first triangle you will paint. I painted each section with 2 coats, let it dry (it didn’t take too long, maybe 20 minutes?), then taped off the next section. The part you have to be most careful with is your tape placement. You want it to be exactly lined up when you do each section, so they all meet in a clean point in the middle.
4) Once all the triangles were painted, it was time for a clear coat to seal it all in. First, I tried the spray sealant I used on this table I painted. Uhhh, that was a mistake. You can see in the picture below the lines the spray makes.
5) I took to the internet and found this post by All Things Thrifty. Thanks, Brooke! So I went back to the hardware store, and grabbed some Minwax Water-Based Polycrilic. I got it in Satin, but I think Semi-Gloss would look great too. 3 coats later, the lines are gone, and the coffee table is all finished!
Happy new table. Happy old dog.
This was seriously so fun and easy (and cheap!). I can’t stop thinking about all the other stuff I want to paint – I’m looking at you, kitchen table.