Easy DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table Makeover

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About three times a year I participate in a bazaar that is called Blackberry Junction. I absolutely love doing this and it gives me a bit of an income for all of my projects that I do. (My husband is very happy about that part!) As I have been doing this, I noticed that the farmhouse style becoming really popular. I actually like this decor too, just with a little more of an unfinished/rustic look.

Farmhouse Coffee Table

Since it is a style that I am seeing more and more of I figured why not give it a try! That is how this ugly coffee table got an easy farmhouse makeover. Let’s take a look at the before picture:Coffee Table

Okay, so this first one doesn’t look to bad! Maybe just a little sanding and then give it a new coat of paint.

Coffee Table

However this is the side my husband first saw. He goes, “Rachael, why?” That was really it. Rarely does he question my thrift store purchases, but this one he did. I’m not sure what threw him off. Maybe it was the lovely accent of duct tape? Or the beautiful colors of the coffee ring on the top? The world may never know.

But as you know from my previous makeovers I have an eye for the sad and lonely pieces of furniture that just could use some love. That is exactly what I gave this bad boy!



First I peeled off the duct tape accents. Then I gave him a wonderful sanding down. If you are going to be working on a project like this that has stains or the varnish is coming off in multiple places I would recommend getting an orbital sander. If I were going to sand this table by hand it would have taken me much longer than just an afternoon and I’m sure I would have encountered many hand cramps. Here is what he looked like after the sanding.

Coffee Table

Already he looks so much better! No ugly stains or peeling! There was one spot that has a larger scratch in the top that I was able to get most of it out. However, with the paint and wax I used you can’t even tell that it is there.

After the table was sanded I wiped it completely down with a damp rag. It took just a couple seconds to dry off from that because it was sitting in the sun. Then I got out my paint and did my first coat. You can find a color similar to mine here. I would normally go with a cream color, but since I am using a brown wax on it I knew that it would end up looking a little darker. Here is after one coat:Coffee Table

I have had projects in the past where I lathered on my paint before I really let it dry. This results in having visible brush marks. On small spaces it wouldn’t be very noticeable. However, this has a very large top so I stuck with a smaller brush, put let paint on the brush, and made sure it dried in between coats. Coffee Table

Overall the project took two coats with a little touching up on spots that I missed. Here is after the painting was finished:

Coffee Table

I really looks like a brand new table! I easily could have stopped here and been really happy with it. But I decided to push myself out of my makeover comfort zone and try wax paint. I have never used anything like this so I watched many YouTube videos and tutorials that other people had done. Basically you take your brush (they have fancy ones you can buy, but I just used a paper towel), dip it into the wax, put it on your piece (depending how drastic you want the look to be you put more or less wax on), leave it on for about five seconds then wipe it off. So I would take my paper towel with just a little wax rub the coffee table with it and then wipe off the excess.

I would recommend doing this to a small area first (I started with the legs) to practice and get used to it. Here is the color of wax that I used, and when I go it, it wasn’t anything like I had imagined. It was actually runny (similar to stain). I ended up liking this because it went into all of the little cracks.



Once the legs were finished I started on the top. At first I had a really light layer on it. This is when my neighbor guy came over and told me it looked like a dirty diaper had been rubbed across the top… that was my cue to go darker. So I did multiple layers on the top. I will also advise that the direction you paint or rub will make a difference. I ended up doing an extra layer just to make it look like the lines were going together.

The Reveal!

Overall I am very happy with how this turned out. I was nervous at first with the wax and not knowing how it would turn out. But I would definitely use it on other projects. Maybe even on something like the DIY Bottle Opener! Here is what the easy farmhouse coffee table looked like:

Coffee Table

Coffee Table

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to switch their home to more of a farmhouse style! It was so easy to do and the wax wasn’t nearly as intimidating as I thought it would be!

What other items would go with the farmhouse decor? Maybe I’ll need to make a giant rustic sign next!

  1. Mizuki Tao

    July 26, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I tried to do something like that so many times, but I failed 🙁
    Your project is inspiring

    1. rfolger

      July 28, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Oh no, that’s too bad it didn’t work out! Hopefully this will give you the inspiration to try it again 🙂

  2. Libby

    July 26, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Looks great! I love redoing old, ugly pieces of furniture. Your redo is fantastic.

    1. rfolger

      July 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Oh I do too! My husband always gives me looks when I bring home a new piece! haha Thanks!

    1. rfolger

      August 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Oh thanks!

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