DIY Coffee Table Makeover

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2 Hours

Do you have a piece of furniture that needs a makeover? See how I transformed this coffee table for some inspiration!

I want to bring a table I have back to life so I thought I’d show you how to do your own DIY coffee table makeover. On my table, I decided that the side pieces were just too far gone for me to save them.  

They were barely hanging on so I decided to pull them off, detach them and just use the top part of the table. All I needed was a screwdriver to remove them and their hardware. 

I have been wanting to try this new technique that I keep seeing using Easy-Off oven cleaner. You are supposed to be able to just spray it on and then leave it for 20 minutes to let it work its magic. 

Once it sits, you then use a scrubbing pad, to scrub off the finish. Unfortunately, it didn't work as well as I thought it would. I don't know if my table had an extra coat of sealer on it, but it didn't take it off as easily as it looked online.  

Since that didn’t work, I tried my palm sander and removed the topcoat finish of the Cherry stain. When I got through the Cherry though, I saw that it had gone quite deep into the natural wood.  

To get rid of the little flakes of red, I use my angle grinder with a sanding tool on it. I just went in and fine-tuned any areas where there was too much red left over from the Cherry stain finish. That worked well and got rid of a lot of the red.  

There was still a little bit left over in the natural wood though so I used a gel stain and Pickling White from Dixie Belle, and coated the whole top part of the wood.  

Rather than letting the stain set in, because I didn't want to turn the wood fully white, I put it on, rubbed it in, and then I came in with a damp cloth, and then just kind of wiped it down so that I would just get that little bit of white to cover the red without losing the full natural finish of the wood.  

For the base of my little table, I decided to paint it, navy. I used the Navy from Dixie Belle and did one full coat over the whole base of the table.  

Next, I added the Magnolia Garden transfer from the Bells and Whistles line from Dixie Belle. Their vintage floral decals for furniture are beautiful.  

To transfer the floral decals onto the natural wood, I started by cutting them into pieces and then arranged them the way that I wanted them on the tabletop.  

Finally, I used the burnishing tool included with the transfers and rubbed them until they transferred onto the wood. I removed the clear transfer paper from the decal once they were on. You don't need any extra tools, just the burnishing tool and the transfers from the kit. It's so easy to do this, and it adds such a great finish to any piece.  

To seal the tabletop when I was done, I used a gloss varnish and brushed it on with a foam brush, and left it to dry for several hours.  

This DIY coffee table makeover turned out to be more work than I thought but I love how it looks in my home. Now I have this cute adorable little table/magazine rack where I can store my favorite magazines. It’s also a nice place to put my cup of coffee. I'm so happy with how this furniture flip turned out, and I was glad that I was able to take something that was destined for the trash and turn it into something adorable for my home.

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  • Snackprincess Snackprincess on Apr 11, 2022

    does it matter if you use the blue or yellow oven cleaner?

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  • Sonia Jones Sonia Jones on Apr 10, 2023

    Beautiful job. I love your decals. I have an old twin bed that I plan on making a bench out of. Think I try this. Thanks Crafty😂💕

  • Carla Carla on Apr 10, 2023

    It was easy off heavy duty and I used it outdoors.