Do you have furniture that is still in great shape but you have just outgrown the style? That was what we had going on in our living room.
Our living room needed some updating. The couch had been through 3 kids worth of crayons, markers and pb&j and the coffee table was boring and bulky and had been run into with toy tractors, hit with spoons, and marked with dripping sippy cups.
The couch needed replacing because the springs weren’t so springy anymore. Since I had my heart set on a not so inexpensive sectional, the coffee table wasn’t getting replaced so a quick furniture makeover was added to “The List.”
You have “The List” right? That never ending list of things that need to be done but you just don’t know when, where or how? “The List” that, when you finally get to cross something off you jump for joy and feel so relieved that you don’t look at it again for six months. I see you shaking your head in agreement. Don’t worry, I’m with you.
This piece cost about $30 to make over. Paint and some inexpensive pine furring strips were all it took. I used the same type of furring strips I used for my mantle because they are $2 for 8 feet. Can’t beat that!
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Sad, drab, ick.
I wanted something lighter for the base and I was really looked for a farmhouse type, plank top.
The first order of business was to get that entire drawer portion off the bottom and take the top off.
It took some work but with a cat’s paw, hammer and a drill I was able to separate the shelf from the rest of the bottom. It was a little wiggly once I took off the drawers so I used a nail gun (this one is the most convenient nailer I have ever used) and shot through the bottom of the shelf at an angle into the legs on all 4 sides to stabilize it.
The top was easy to remove because it was a lifting top with storage underneath. Just some screw removal was all it took.
I sanded a little then I primed and painted the base white….like 4 times…it was a long night.
As you can see, there wasn’t a solid surface to nail my planks into so I had to cut a piece of plywood to fit in and support the center. Can you see the plain old wood in the center of the table? That’s it. I just cut it to fit as best I could and screwed it into the base wherever the two met.
I stained my boards ahead of time so I didn’t mess up the paint. I’m not a neat DIYer.
To attach the planks I put some Gorilla Glue wherever the boards would meet the base and then I nailed them into place with the nailer.
I added polyurethane to the top once the glue was dry.
Now I have an updated, light and bright coffee table that suits my home much better.