Upcycled Coffee Table

by Helen
7 Materials
2 Hours

I purchased this coffee table on Facebook Marketplace for $8.

It was wobbly so I had to use nails to secure (even though I didn’t want to) The first thing I always do is clean and sanitize using a Lysol wipe (not pictured)

I didn’t like the gold trim. I wanted to paint legs and frame.

I gathered my supplies, paint brushes, tape, wood putty, spackle tool, paint tray and Rub and buff silver leaf metallic finish etc (I didn’t end up using the Plaster Chalk paint pictured)

This paint was purchased at Lowe’s. It was sitting on a shelf reduced as an “Opps” item. I paid $2 for a quart. I actually like using flat paint because it lends itself to a chalky-like finish without the cost. You can make your own chalk paint. I use warm water mixed with Plaster of Paris. Then add paint. Mix well.

Painted teal. Rub and Buff applied.

Here it is completed. I love the two tone design. It’s the perfect sized coffee table. Although I may sell this piece on Marketplace.

Living/Dining room view with Christmas decor.

Additional view.

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  • Jose Jose on Jan 20, 2020

    Looks good! What's the blend ratio for your chalk paint formula? water:plaster:paint. I'd like not use all my supplies just trying to figure that out. Thanks

  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 28, 2021

    I really wish people would research these finds before taking a brush and paint to them. This looks like a Mahogany Butlers Table. The top should be removable and was used to carry the tea or coffee set plus desert plates etc and placed on top of the stand. This one may have been either glued or screwed to the stand. Did you look to see if there was a makers mark on the underside? IF this is a vintage and maybe even and antique piece and IF it was originally a Butlers Table or maybe a side table with handles and is Mahogany, you may have bought something for $8 that MIGHT have been upwards of 2 Grand. SMH.

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  • Helen Helen on Feb 08, 2020

    I’m sorry I made it for my grandsons. Just check out thrift stores for stool paint stencil wala

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jan 22, 2021

    Nice! A suggestion next time you find a piece that is wobbly/loose: use screws and/or glue to repair, not nails. As nails are straight, they will eventually become wobbly just as before.