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:
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.
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.
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.
But its new owner will be picking it up tomorrow. I’m sorry, little table; it’s me not you.
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.
It almost reminds me of those steel and reclaimed wood tables I see everywhere now.
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.
After trying this method out, I’m wishing I’ll find more tables with scratched tops on every thrifting trip.
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.