Farmhouse Coffee Table Transformation

July 6, 2020

Welcome to my farmhouse coffee table transformation -- I'm so glad you're here! I've already written about the fact that our daughters are heading back to college in August. One is moving into a house and the other into an apartment. We've been on the hunt for furniture for both girls and today I'm sharing the first of two pieces of furniture we transformed for our oldest daughter's house -- an inherited oval coffee table.

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I inherited this table way back in 1987. At the time it was painted brown. BROWN. Totally ugly and in need of a transformation. So I gave it one by stripping the paint and bringing it back to its' original glory with nothing more than tung oil. It was used in three different homes for the next 25 years until I stored it away in the basement of our current home for another 8 years. But I knew it was perfect for college living, so out it came. And as my aesthetic leans toward farmhouse style, I knew exactly what I needed to do with it. 


I used the same primer on this table that I used for my Thrifted Pine Dresser Transformation -- Zinnsser Bulls Eye 123 Plus primer.

Here it is after I finished applying one coat of primer.

And here it is after two coats of Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint in Linen White.  

It's always great when you can take the legs off for painting. It also comes in handy for storage as well as transport purposes.      

Here it is, upon delivery to my daughter's college house. I was a bit strapped in terms of having accessories on hand to style the table for a photo shoot so I had to make do with what we had on hand. But I think you get the idea. And I do think it turned out cute for my daughter and her housemate. When she gets tired of it I'll be happy to take it off her hands.

You may have noticed that I did not wax or polyurethane the top of the table. I'm really averse to wax for many reasons, but in this instance I actually wish I had waxed it for extra protection. It will be in a college living room, after all. I'm giving my daughter a large, white, galvanzied, shabby chic tray to place on top to minimize damage. It's similar to this distressed metal tray if you're interested.

If the table still ends up getting badly damaged I will just go back and add a new coat of paint and some wax. I may even go back and distress it with a sanding sponge. Stay tuned to find out what other piece of furniture I transformed for the same daughter. It's something I bought at a yard sale seven years ago! And it was a much more involved project than this one.

Well, that's it until next time, friends! 

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Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Great transformation!! Looks great!!

My thrift store addiction said...

Looks lovely, Kathleen!

Junkchiccottage said...

Great Re love of this table. Have a great week.

Kathy said...

Great project. I am sure she will get lots of compliments on it. BUT, I bet it will come home needing another coat of paint! I know I wasn't careful with furniture at that age. When I finally got a new-to-me coffee table, my kids were threatened with Death if they left a ring on it. When friends would come over, they'd say, "Would you like a drink; here's a coaster" all in one breath!

Annie said...

A table inherited in 1987! I love it! Your work is beautiful and I can really FEEL you, your personality and energy!

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