Have you ever searched high and low for something and then discovered it was right in front of you all along? Amazing friends, that is exactly what happened to me!
I have been on the hunt for a new coffee table since we moved in and have had no luck. Much like when I was looking for a kitchen table (See the one I ended up with HERE if you missed it.), I even went searching every furniture store in my area totally willing to pay retail if I found something I liked. Nope. And of course I’ve been keeping a look out at all my favorite thrift stores as well. I even went yard saling last weekend and nada.
Then as I was watching TV on Saturday night with my feet propped up on my old coffee table, it occurred to me…why not redo the one I already have?? Duh!
So that is exactly what I set out to do!
Here is what this coffee table looked like when I first saw it at the thrift store several years ago:
For ten whole dollars this table in a glorious shade of orange was all mine.
The original photo shoot of this table is quite embarrassing from back in 2013, but you can still find it if you search for it. I did include it in my Home Tour of Thrifty Makeovers though, and here is what it looked like then:
It worked well in my old space with its creamy white background, but not so much in the new one.
I had thought about adding planks to the top in the past, but never did. When we moved, the only pieces from my beloved wood stash that my hubby kept were these:
Yup four whole pieces.
If you missed it, you can see what our garage looked like when we moved in, and see the enormous amount of junk my Hubby had to move over in THIS POST. I am including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
I was busy painting the living room and master while he attended to that horrendous chore so I can’t complain that he scrapped almost my ENTIRE reclaimed wood pile. In his defense, it did look like trash. 😉
SO imagine my utter delight when I happened upon this curbside pile while yard saling Saturday:
Okay that looks like trash too, but look what I dug out of there:
Aren’t they beautiful? Never even been used! Just laying out in the elements aging to perfection!
I started thinking I had the makings of a new top for my coffee table…and I did!
I used two of those long pickets plus the few pieces my hubby had saved to create the new top. Using my miter saw, I cut each one to the length I needed, and I did have to rip one down to size lengthwise with my table saw as well.
Here they are laid out as I was seeing how they would look:
At this point my Hubby said it looked like something you would see in a frat house. Ye of little faith.
Before going any further with the top , I took the rest of the table apart…
Then I started attaching the planks to my table surface. I decided to attach them to the bottom of the original table top instead since the edge of that side was a 90 degree angle. (The edge of the top of it was somewhat rounded.)
I lined up the boards face-down just how I wanted them and laid the old table top on top of them. Then using 1 1/4″ wood screws, I screwed each plank in place from the underside:
I added several screws along each plank to hold them in place.
To redo this table, I knew I would also want to replace the legs and remove the curvy pieces all around the sides.
Skip ahead if you don’t need to see how the legs and side pieces were replaced!
The legs were kind of wimpy and had these notches in them that must have held a shelf of some sort under the table at one time.
I removed the double ended screws from the old legs to reuse them, using needle-nosed pliers:
Regular pliers probably would have worked better, but these did the job.
I chose these more traditional legs from Home Depot instead:
They were $10 a piece, but that was still way cheaper than new table.
I also picked up two of these pine 1X3s at $5 a piece…
I cut them to size with my miter saw using the old side pieces as a guide, and then spray painted them and the legs with brown spray paint:
I wanted brown to show through rather than new wood when I sanded them after painting.
They got three coats of DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Ultra Pure White.
Then I started assembling the pieces. I drilled new holes in the legs for the screws:
Then added the screws, twisting them into place with my pliers…
Then I used my Kreg Jig Jr (or Kreg R3 Jr) to make pocket holes in the side pieces so I could attach them to the underside of the table…
Here is a quick how-to for using this awesome tool!
- Determine the width of your board. Mine was 3/4″, so I selected that size on my Kreg Jig by aligning the arrows on the gray sides with the correct size.
- The kit comes with a drill bit you use with your drill. Move the ring on the drill bit to the 3/4″ mark (shown on the grey area beside where it is stored in the box). This will act as a guide so you know how deep to go with your drill.
- The guide that comes with the kit will give you the correct size screws to use. I needed 1 1/4″.
- Attach the Kreg Jig Jr to your board using a Kreg Jig clamp. (Sold separately, and totally worth it.) You can clamp it to a workbench or worktable if you prefer, and probably recommended. I just clamped it to the board itself and held it while I drilled. (The blue rag prevented the clamp from leaving a mark on my wood.)
- Attach the drill bit to your drill and drill until the ring guide meets the entrance of the hole on the Kreg Jig.
- Tada! Pocket holes!
- The kit also comes with a square head drill bit to be used with their screws. Any type of screw can be used though.
- Attach your pieces together. The Kreg Jig makes attaching two pieces at a 90 degree angle a breeze!
I reused the corner braces and voila, a new bottom:
Here it is all assembled:
I liked this look, but I still needed to sand the surface to get it somewhat smooth. Don’t want the kiddos to get splinters in their bums if they should decide to sit on it!
I used my rotary sander to sand it somewhat smooth, including all the edges. However that removed some of the natural gray aged look.
I decided to use the same weathered stain (found HERE) that I used on my kitchen table. Then I whitewashed the top exactly the same as I did on that table (See how HERE.), and I sealed it with the same sealer (found HERE) that I used as well.
I am so pleased with the results!
I love how the paint gets in all the grooves in these old cedar boards…
There is a slight gap where the sides meet the top. That’s because the legs and sides are connected to the old table top which had rounded edges. I may still add a narrow piece of trim all the way around to conceal it, but it doesn’t really bother me at all. What do you think?
Did you notice I changed out the large black mirror for this more dainty one? (See how the black one looked in this post.)
The other one felt very heavy and I think this one looks better with the curtains I chose. Surprise…they’re blue! I’ll share more on them and the amazing deal I got on them when I share the final room reveal!
I still have a blank wall in there to come up with an idea for, and a side table to decide on, and that room should be done.
Bonus!! My Furniture Fixer Upper Girls are also sharing furniture pieces they made over today!
Visit the links below the image to see the afters!
And don’t forget, if you love thrifty makeovers as much as I do, I am part of an awesome new Facebook Group made just for thrifty makeover lovers like us:
It’s totally free and it is seriously filled with nothing but thrifty makeover goodness. There are also opportunities to share your own thrifty makeovers and finds if you like! Visit it HERE to join in the fun.
Whew that seemed like a lot to share today, didn’t it?
I hope you enjoyed this redo. I spent $50 dollars to change out the base of my coffee table, but it was still cheaper than buying new! And I got a one-of-a-kind table that fits perfectly with my décor! Win!
Have a great weekend, friends! I’ll meet ya’ll back here on Tuesday sharing what I did with this thrift store mirror:
UPDATE: Here ya go! See what this mirror became HERE now! 🙂
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