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Barn Wood Top Coffee Table

It must run in the family. The thrifting gene.

Because actually, years before I ever really could appreciate it, my mother taught me everything I know about being a frugal penny-pinching diva. (And I mean that in the most loving way possible.)

Last week, I got a text message from my bestie/maja/older twin with a picture of this shabby little guy:

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

It had peeling veneer, a scratched top, and was covered all over in dust, but my fingers couldn’t type “GET IT!” fast enough to make my thrifty heart happy. My mom might be as much of a thrift store addict as I am. And she just knew I’d be all over this abandoned coffee table. She was so right.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

This one was easy, and I’m sorry to say I was so speedy about it that I didn’t even write a tutorial about the makeover process. I’m slacking y’all! I love you, I promise.

All it took was a quick cleaning, some wood putty for the damaged corner, two coats of Valspar Blackstrap paint, and a few 1×4 boards finished with my favorite DIY stain, and this baby was ready for a new life.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

Ahem…do you see that AMAZING wood beam doorway behind our sofa? Just wait, friends. That’s a comin’.

If it weren’t for our dire need of toy storage in our living room with our card catalog coffee table trunk, I would have been ready to keep this one.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

But its new owner will be picking it up tomorrow. I’m sorry, little table; it’s me not you.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

Moral of the story though: If you ever come across a table that has veneer peeling up and a horribly scratched top, wood planks and wood putty are your best friends.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

It almost reminds me of those steel and reclaimed wood tables I see everywhere now.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

I really don’t think I’ll ever get tired of this DIY wood stain finish. I use it on everything now! Plank walls, mail organizers, growth charts, you name it.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table | Bless'er House - Gorgeous way to cover up a scratched, peeling veneer coffee table top!

After trying this method out, I’m wishing I’ll find more tables with scratched tops on every thrifting trip.

Barn Wood Top Coffee Table Makeover

Is this one for the books, ya think? The more furniture I makeover, the more I want to keep it all. It’s totally normal for a living room to have two coffee tables, right? I mean, we don’t really need to walk around in here or anything, do we?

One day, when we’re past the toy storage stage, maybe one like this can happen.

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  1. So wht is the wood stain you are in love with? Looks great but do not see it on the post!!!!! I quiring minds want to know!!!!

      1. Thanks….i did see if when I went back. I think the two glasses of wine made me miss it! Looks great though!!!!!

    1. It’s SO awesome. I’m hooked on this stain! Thanks, Carrie! If you try it, hope it turns out well!

  2. This is gorgeous! It’s always a little sad when I make over a piece of furniture and I have nowhere to put it! But at least someone can enjoy it!

    1. I know! It’s hard saying goodbye to those pieces you sort of bonded with in the refinishing process. Haha I’m glad someone else can appreciate it though.