Restoring a Yard Sale Steal

Our first project in the new house was tackling a coffee table. We purchased it from a yard sale last summer (for $5 !!!!! ) and I knew one day we would love it. Until then, my husband looked at it and as he often does, shook his head at yet another "piece I just had to have".

Here is what we started with.... (ooops, we forget to take a photo before we started sanding the top. But you get the point, right? It was a Honey Oak color but I loved the curvy legs and wear that it had seen with its previous owner)

So we started by sanding down the top of the table.
I knew I wanted to stain the top and paint the bottom.

My biggest beef with painting furniture is the prep work. See, I am a "dive right in kind of girl". My husband and I differ so much on this topic. I probably drive him crazy because I have 20 projects going on at once and he is still making a list to prep for his first project to start. :) Love ya babe! :)
 I am not afraid to I just go for it! Enter into my life, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Have you heard of it?  AMAZING! So amazing that I ended up painting my entire kitchen of cabinets with the paint (that blog post will come later! :). So this coffee table was my very first project with the ASCP's. The only part that needed to be sanded was the top, because we wanted to stain that a darker color. I just wiped down the legs to get them nice and clean.

I painted the bottom of the table with ASCP's "Old White" paint. It goes on without any primer and it only took 2 coats to cover the old honey oak color completely. It also dries within 30-45 mins (or maybe even faster) so projects with this paint are very fast.

After the paint was dry, I used a fine sanding block (or you can use fine sand paper) and rubbed on the edges or wherever I wanted to distress it.

This is how it looked after painting and distressing...

Next, we stained the top with Minwax's Dark Walnut Stain. This step took the most time. We let it dry a day between coats and did 2 or 3 coats to get it to the color we were looking for. My favorite part was the way the stain made all of the bumps/bruises and neglect that the table had seen stick out. I love the imperfections and distress!!!

I was thrilled with the result. What do you think??? Not bad for a 5 dollar table, right?? :) :)

And here are some others that I found that are similar....

This one is from Pottery Barn! Only $699!!!! WOW!

Newberry Rectangular Coffee Table
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Or here are a few examples of the color scheme from Pinterest! I love the contrast!

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I just love before and after shots of furniture redo's! Don't you???


  1. Found you on Pinterest. I have a very similar table that I repainted. Thought you might be interested in seeing mine as well. I spent more than you, though. A whopping $25! Sheesh!
    Fondly, Tami

  2. Oh, and yours is lovely.
    Fondly, Tami

  3. I love your table and just bought the paint you recommended! I Was curious if you can recommend a brush and best way to paint the Rounded and detailed areas of the table legs? Thanks for sharing this completely inspired me :)

  4. So pretty! I just went looking for inspiration as I have been given an old one to play with.
    Lovely and delightful.


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