Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

2 Materials
4 Days

This year we have been renovating a family room for our home AND updating our living room at the same time with new furniture. This put me in the position to need not only one new coffee table but two, and on a limited budget. Of course, I headed to my nearest thrift store to find a coffee table in need of some love and attention. I was thrilled to find this small round table for only $30 for the family room.
thrift store coffee table makeover
Even though I like a black coffee table, for my modern style family room I really wanted something with a little more personality. I just knew that this little table would fabulous in either a bright yellow or orange color. Yellow won out for me. I found the right color in Waverly Chalk Paint in Maize.
thrift store coffee table makeover
Before applying the chalk paint, I first cleaned the table and used a deglosser product to remove the shiney finish. Then I applied a coat of white chalk paint as a base coat. Then I applied four layers of the yellow chalk paint and two coats of Waverly Clear Wax.
thrift store coffee table makeover
I love how bright and cheerful this little yellow table looks with my new modern chairs from Wayfair.
thrift store coffee table makeover
This is the first time I have used yellow on a piece of furniture but I don't think it will be my last. I love the look of this table.

Suggested materials:

  • Waverly Chalk Paint  (Walmart)
  • Waverly Clear Wax  (Walmart)
Donna Powell

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  • Mary Ryan
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Love the yellow table, but also love the multi colored buttons on the chair. Did you do that too?

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  • Donna Bwanna
    on Oct 22, 2017

    It is pretty, BUT It must be just me, but I believe the 11 commandment should be NEVER ever paint wood.

    • Mon28501184
      on Oct 27, 2017

      Its just you.....most wood is just plain ugly and detracts from a decorating theme.....but, thats just me...

  • Patricia Jean
    on Oct 23, 2017

    It's perfect!!

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