1960's Coffee Table Into 2020

Nan W.
by Nan W.
4 Materials
2 Hours

I found this $35 solid wood table at a thrift store. (this photo taken AT the thrift store)

I wanted to transform it (time travel!!) -- to 2020.

Table at thrift store. $35.

Solid wood!

I was looking for inexpensive ways to "stage" my studio condo for sale.

Got table home of top of my car!

I was really drawn to the "carved" detail of the table. This will be FUN!

I propped up legs on the corners of a box... so that I could paint all the way to the bottom (off of the drop cloth)

I used leftover grey paint (that I had used on my fireplace... see other project). Satin finish.

Uh oh... no going back now! (after giving table a light clean with WIndex.)

Before and after first coat of paint. ...I could see the possibilities!!

...after first coat

...after second coat

...after brushing on Valspar Dark Wax -- especially into all of the crevices... and then wiping down with old pieces of cotton flannel. (Work quickly -- before wax hardens!). (Or, you could put a coat of clear wax first... giving you more time to play with the darker wax.)

Love it!

(um--- some paint drips on the floor... better clean that up! ...latex: no problem!)

"Carving" detail

Close up! Love it!

Here is the table in living area!

(I'm staging this mountain studio condo for sale.)

(...It SOLD!) ...with the table! ;-)

Resources for this project:
Valspar Dark Wax (leftover)
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  • Wishy washy maybe Wishy washy maybe on Jan 30, 2020

    Re: the sofa in the first pic?

  • Judy Judy on Jan 30, 2020

    You didn’t say anything about stripping or sanding the original finish before painting. Why did you skip that part?

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 30, 2020

    What is the mat on the car roof?

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  • Billie Peach Billie Peach on Jan 31, 2020

    I don’t care for painted wood but this is great! I love it and you did an awesome job!

    • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 29, 2020

      thanks. (...to each his own on the painted wood debate!)

  • Kyralee Kyralee on Nov 17, 2020

    I don't think this piece is from the 1960s. But you definitely gave it a new life!