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Coffee Table Makeover

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You may have noticed in the pictures of Halloween and Fall decor that our coffee table recently got a facelift.

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For a $25 flea market find 6 years ago, the table has lasted longer than most relationships.

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And it had the battle scars to prove it. coffee_table2

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Luckily, I had some leftover paint from my craft room walls, a jar of wood stain, and a block of sand paper.

First, I wiped the table down and sanded off the original finish.

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Then I wiped off all the dust from sanding and painted the table with leftover paint.

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There’s no need for the paint job to be perfect because it will just be distressed and stained over anyway.

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This is the point where my husband tried not to look freaked out when he asked, “what made you choose that color?”

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Then, I sanded the edges and some random spots on the table.

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Next, I applied a thin layer of wood stain to all of the painted surfaces.

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This is what it looked like after the stain was applied.

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I let the stain set for about 15 minutes and then gently wiped away the stain with a clean cloth.

(No pictures of this step because my hands were covered in wood stain and you have to work quickly)

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Don’t worry, I had my trusty assistant around for quality control.

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After the stain dried for 24 hours I brushed on a coat of semi-gloss polyurethane to protect the table from future damage.seal

You’re supposed to apply two coats, but I felt that one was sufficient.

And that’s the last step! Project complete.

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

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I replaced the old brass knob with a cute Hobby Lobby find. Aside from the polyurethane, the knob was only thing I didn’t already own. I had a coupon for the knob which brought the entire cost of the project to around $8. Not too shabby, right?

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I know that painting furniture can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to. If you take your time and have a little patience, you can give transform a dingy piece for very little money.much_better

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