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DIY Faux Planked Card Catalog Coffee Table

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Reader Question:  Where did you buy your coffee table?! I need one just like it!

Well, see…here’s the thing. That’s sort of the down side of bargain shopping. Craigslist and thrift store finds are often one-of-a-kind deals. It’s a hard knock life, right?

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This month, my Trash To Treasure blogger friends and I are digging through our archives to some of our favorite projects, and my coffee table is most definitely one I get asked about all the time.

I found it for $50 on Craigslist! And it is a BEAST at keeping our living room organized.

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This table was really one of my first furniture makeovers ever, and it’s definitely not perfect. I love that Olivia can scuff it up, and I’m totally okay with it.

Supplies used:  (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

The Base:

I first mixed one part Duck Egg paint with one part Pure White paint and painted 2 coats on the entire base of the coffee table with my Purdy brush.

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After the paint was dry, I waxed the base all over with the clear paste wax. And I finished it with a coat of dark wax. (Putting the clear wax on the painted piece before the dark wax helps make the dark wax much more subtle.)

The “Planked” Top:

I measured the width of the top and decided on how many planks I wanted to create. The hinge, thankfully, was exactly at the 1/3 of the table. It was 30 inches wide, so I marked my faux planks at every 5 inches.

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Then chalk lined where I wanted to make my cuts.

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Using a circular saw set at 1/8 of an inch deep, my super sweet hubby cut the lines on the top and sides.

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To give the cut lines more definition and to make them look more aged, I worked Annie Sloan Dark Wax into the grooves and wiped away the excess.

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The Faux Wood Finish:

For the wood grain finish, this is where things got tricky.

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In hindsight, I realized I should have sanded the entire top first for an extra smooth surface. There were dents and dings in the old paint job that really could have used some love.

To provide a nice base for the grain, I painted on a base coat. After the base was dry, I used a mixture of glaze and a slightly darker paint to brush a light coat on top, leaving some of the base coat showing.

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Here’s where the fun begins! After the medium glaze is dry, brush on the glaze/darker paint mixture. I did one plank at a time.

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And use a wood graining tool to drag and rock through the paint glaze to create a grain effect. You might want to try it out on a tester piece of poster board of a piece of wood until you get the hang of it.

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Use a smaller wood graining tool for the sides too.

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Once the darker paint glaze is dry, brush on a light glaze randomly on top of the grain.

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When the top was dry, I applied the gel stain. If you’ve never used it before, it has almost a pudding-like texture, so it’s really easy to work with and doesn’t drip easily. I just swiped it on one plank at a time, wiped it up with a rag, and that was it.

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There ya go. A faux reclaimed wood table top. There were a lot of steps, I’ll admit, but the end result was well worth it.

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To make it even more handy for organization, I added card catalog pulls to the drawers, so that I could put in labels for DVD storage.

We’ve had this baby in our living room a year and a half and still LURV how much it saves our sanity. And it gives the neutral space a little bit of color. Several more DIYs have gone into this room since then.

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By the way, you see our kitchen in the top left of that picture? I’m so ready to paint those cabinets bright white.

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Do you see this magnificent DVD storage? Hello, beautiful!

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And THIS is the toy drama hidden inside. I wish I could tell you our living room is clean 24/7 but HA! No. Olivia climbs all over this table and dumps everything out of it, and you’d think it’s Toymageddon in here.

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 So now you know the story of the little coffee table that could. It had potential all along, it just needed some lovin’.

You can pop over to see my other blogger friends’ Best of the Archives projects too:

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(Clockwise from top left):  Confessions of a Serial DIYer | Prodigal Pieces | Girl in the Garage | Artsy Chicks Rule

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48 Comments

  1. Lauren, you have totally inspired me seeing that I have the exact same coffee table and can’t wait to use this idea to make it new again. Beautiful!!

    1. Oh yay! I get asked about this coffee table all the time from people wanting to know where I bought it. Lucky you that you already have it!

  2. Amazing Lauren, truly amazing. There are no words ! Absolutely love it, I propose this craft for diy coffee table of the year awards !

    1. Haha! Aw thank you, Sussy! We really love how functional it is and adds a little color to our living room.

  3. Hi! I just discovered your blog And love it:) my husband And I love to do home projects and are big fans of diy!! I love the duck egg color, where can I find that paint? I’d love to incorporate it in some pieces in my house 🙂

  4. This is really, really beautiful! I am so behind in my reading posts, I do not comment nearly enough… but I love your style so much! Keep up the great work! xxx…

  5. I LOVE THIS COFFEE TABLE I’m thinking of copying it. Do you mind to tell me what color of paint you used for the sides? pretty pls. bluish-thingy?

  6. Love the transformation you gave this piece! All of the details push it over the top, especially the faux wood grain. Just wanted to let you know that it will be featured this week over at Friday’s Furniture Fix! Thanks for linking up! ;o)

  7. This is so clever! I would have never guessed that you just cut those lines into the table to create the look of planks- very creative! That wood grain tool is also a lot of fun 😉

  8. Love the piece…..showed my hubby your process for our future finds. Good idea to paint your kitchen cabinets….In our previous house in California I painted similar cabinets to yours (no hardware, since there were so many cabinets) a cashmere white, rough them up just a little, then glazed them….turn out beautifully and totally opened up the kitchen and saved us a ton of money by redoing instead of replacing…

    1. Thank you! Yes, definitely can’t wait to get my hands on those cabinets. I’m sure yours were beautiful. Love the combo of white painted cabinets with a glaze. Paint is magic, I tell ya.

  9. That is a gorgeous piece that I would expect to find at Ballards Design for $1100! and that was your first piece?

    BTW, did you ever paint the cabinets? We just did ours this fall, I AM IN LOVE!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! To this day, I’m super excited about it. So awesome you painted your cabinets! We plan to tackle ours when it warms up, hopefully late spring.

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