Coffee Table Makeover!

I love quirky cast-offs, as I believe I’ve mentioned …oh… about a million times.  Last spring, in search some balance in my rather squarish living room, I went on the hunt for a round coffee table.  If you’ve ever searched for a round coffee table, you know that they’re few and far between.





But, one day, I was trolling Craigslist and came across this little guy:


Look at those cute little casters on the legs!  Upon contacting the seller, I found out that this table used to be his parents’ dining room table when he was a kid.  At some point, his dad hacked off the legs and lowered it onto the pedestal to make it into a coffee table.  Seriously?  It’s already been repurposed once?  Just take my money!!!

Obviously, the table was in less-than-perfect shape, and I already have a lot of dark wood-tone in the living room, so I decided to give it a coat of chalk paint.

Normally, with chalk paint, you don’t need to strip the varnish off the furniture, but the table had some pretty wide gouges in the finish that I knew wouldn’t smooth out with paint, so I decided to strip it first.  I’ve used Citrastrip, which is a lot less toxic than Tuff-strip (and actually smells uncannily pleasant), but I don’t find it very effective.  Because I don’t particularly like scraping varnish, I choose to use the serious stuff.


If you’ve never stripped before (Why do I feel like this post is headed south?), here are a couple of things you should know: first, rubber gloves are a must, unless you would also like to strip your skin off your arms.  Secondly, you need a mask.  You’re going to look like a total loser, but unless you’ve got brain cells to spare, you seriously need a mask.  You should also probably read the lengthy safety info.  Just saying.


Scraping a table is like peeling a sunburn: totally gross, yet weirdly addictive.


Once the stripping was over, I flipped the table over and painted the bottom.  I don’t know why it took me several projects to figure out that the bottom of a piece ALWAYS has to be painted first (Too many chemical stripper fumes, perhaps?), but it did.

I used Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint.  After giving it two coats of paints, I distressed it a little bit, using 220 grit sandpaper.  Then, I waxed it with clear wax and buffed it until it was smooth.

Now, this little table has a new life in my living room!

Coffee Table: After!

I’m really happy with how it turned out!  I just can’t resist one more picture:

Coffee Table After

Time to find new “junk” to paint! 🙂

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Washi tape clip art by Teacher Karma.


2 thoughts on “Coffee Table Makeover!

    1. Hi Kristin,

      Great question. I decided to strip just the top of this piece because there were several deep gouges in the finish that I didn’t think paint would adequately even out. I usually don’t strip when using ASCP.




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