I’ve been asked many a time where I purchased this table so I thought I would share the whole story with you all and how you can get a look similar to this table! I passed by this ugly table many times in one of the thrift stores that I frequent (the “OPT”). This thrift store tends to over price their items on pretty much a regular basis. I was not about to pay $50 for this ugly thing! I believe they were tired of looking at it for the weeks and weeks that it sat so they marked it 75% off. I couldn’t believe it! I paid my $12.50 and out the door I went!
Now this was no easy task to turn it into the farmhouse look that I desired. Lots of sanding, and by lots I mean about 3 hours! I used my hand sander with 60-grit sand paper and smoothed the wood with 180-grit sand paper once the finish was off. Medium grit sandpaper smooths out the furniture surface for stain or paint. One piece of advice (and I’m speaking from experience on other pieces that I have done) is when your table is not solid wood all the way through, as this one is not, don’t sand in one area too long or it will sand down to the particle board or other material underneath…and trust me the stain will not look good in that area. You will have a big spot there when you go to stain if you sand too deep.
On this particular piece I used Dark Walnut stain. After the dark walnut stain I felt it was too brown so I added some Grey stain. I continued rubbing the different colors on until I had the color that I desired. After it was dry, I sealed it with 3 coats of Oil Based Polyurethane in satin finish.
The legs and bottom half of the table are painted with Americana Chalk paint, I believe in the color Primitive. It’s a warm “greige” as I like to call it. I sealed the bottom painted section with clear furniture wax.
I love the way it turned out! I had all of my supplies on hand, minus the paint, so I have to say that this table is a steal for around $20! What do you think of my budget friendly farmhouse coffee table? I would love to hear your comments! I think it fits pretty well in our front room!
Oil Based Polyurethane (Satin)
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trish gladson says
This is exactly what I want to do with mine. Thank you for the tips ?
My Vintage Porch says
Anytime! Can’t wait to see yours!
Wow what a beautiful table! I can’t believe that you paid only $12.50 for. Thanks for sharing the tip about the particle board, I actually noticed that myself in some of our projects. You really need to be careful! Thank you for again for sharing this with me on Instagram. I love your feed btw.
My Vintage Porch says
Thank you so much!!! I’m glad it could be of help to you! ?