Farmhouse Coffee Table Makeover

I am ALWAYS on the look out for free piles on the side of the road. Curbside free finds are my very favorite things, I get the same feeling picking up an old piece of furniture as I do when I win 10 bucks on a scratch off. So you can imagine how happy I was when I picked up this diamond in the rough last week on my way home from work. An all wood coffee table that just needed a little TLC to make it over into a farmhouse style cutie.

Here is the BEFORE!
Their trash but my treasure!

I have been wanting to try out my new Fusion Mineral Paint. What’s the big deal about this paint? I was curious too, that’s why I splurged and spent 26 bucks for this smallish container of paint! I ordered it here in a bright white called Picket Fence. Anyway, I had read about it and it had good reviews, it’s water based (no fumes or paint smell), good coverage and ( what sold me) superior durability. A toddler and a middle school boy who are both tough on furniture, I thought it would be a good match for this house. It’s also easy to use, no sanding or prep work – just wipe with a damp cloth and start your project. Since time is so hard to come by these days, it seemed like the perfect match for me.


Here is the how the magic happened!

Alrighty lets get down to the nitty gritty! I was anxious to get this baby sanded down to see the wood underneath. It’s a small little table so I had the top sanded down in no time. I even had a sweet little helper.

My sweet little helper! I am glad she is cute!

As for the little squatty spindle legs, that’s where the Fusion Mineral Paint comes into play. The legs were stained a dark walnut color and from the looks of it, a pet scratched the heck out of them. I was not about to sand these down to the bare bones. I just roughed up the surface a little more with some sand paper, wiped it down and applied two coats of Kilz Primer. I know! I know! The Mineral Paint says you don’t need to do much prep work but I didn’t want to apply a million coats of the good paint, 26 bucks for this container…I need to be stingy. Then I applied two coats of the Mineral Paint. After it dried I applied a clear wax finish, let it dry overnight and buffed them out a bit. I considered distressing the legs but decided not to. I think they look cute.

Picket Fence Fusion Mineral Paint…secret to good durable coverage!


As for the top, two coats of minwax stain in English Chestnut and two coats of poly. It was a very easy way to transform an old dated coffee table into something a little more modern. What do you think?

If you are looking for a simple way to update an outdated piece of furniture staining the top and painting the bottom seems to be the thing to do these days. Keep your eye out for curb side free finds and give this a try! Have a happy week! Please remember to follow me on Facebook for more sweet and simple ways to make your house a home!




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