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Coffee Table Reveal

So, I shared my DIY Coffee Table with you all a few days ago and now I’m back to share how I finished it! 

I love the size, the functionality and the “old” look….. and the fact that it only cost me $40 to build!!!

I started by painting the legs with a favorite ~ Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint.

Next, I stained the top of the table with two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain.  I painted it on with a foam brush, let it sit for about 15 minutes, wiped it off with an old cloth and repeated after 24 hours.

After another 24 hours I painted on 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic Gloss with a Purdy brush.

To achieve a more “worn” look, I used my 3M sanding block to distress the edges of all of the legs…

and I followed up with a bit of Minwax Dark Walnut stain on the distressed edges.  Yes, I am doing this over my carpet.  I was so anxious to get the table in the house that I forgot to distress it:) 

Ahh!  I LOVE it:)  This is where I do all of my blogging:)

Room for decor, my laptop, coffee and toys of course!

And, in case you get a crazy urge to “sit on a coffee table”….

Christy, this one’s for you;)  No creaking, wobbling, swaying….  Nope, this table is built SOLID!

Thanks so much for stopping by:)

~Ashley

130 Comments

  1. Denise on April 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Wow! Can you imagine how much this would go for a Pottery Barn?!

  2. Shelia on April 18, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Oh, your table is gorgeous! I love what you did and it’s so big too. You’re cute as a button! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    • Ashley on April 18, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment Shelia! Hope you have a great week:)

  3. Cathy on April 18, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Wow! I am impressed! You did a beautiful job, I love the colors you chose, I just did a similar color combo for a beverage cart that I painted but I like yours better!

    • Ashley on April 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

      Thank you Cathy:)

  4. Junker Newbie Stephanie on April 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    hi – visiting from Funky Junk Interiors. This is a great table! Love the stained top. Great job! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 18, 2011 at 12:58 am

      Thank you Stephanie:)

  5. Amber @ barbwired on April 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Super job! So much talent there!! You should be very proud of this!!

    amber @ barbwired

  6. WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL on April 16, 2011 at 2:59 am

    the table looks great.. love it

    • Ashley on April 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

      Thanks so much:)

  7. Tanya on April 15, 2011 at 1:27 am

    looks great-such satisfaction doing it youself-especially when it turns out so well-love it!

    • Ashley on April 15, 2011 at 3:51 am

      Thank you so much Tanya! You’re right, it is very rewarding;)

  8. Sew-Sumptuous on April 14, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Great Table! I love it. Looks great in your room. Cath

    • Ashley on April 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Thanks so much Cath:))

  9. jennifer on April 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    beautiful. great job

    • Ashley on April 14, 2011 at 3:05 am

      Thank you Jennifer;)

  10. Minna on April 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    That table turned out beautiful! Any idea on what color to stain the top if all my other wooden pieces are made out of pine? I love the two tone with the white base. Will definitely be building one very soon! 🙂

    • Ashley on April 14, 2011 at 3:07 am

      Thank you Minna! Hmm…would you mind giving me more info on the piece you are wanting to stain so I can be more helpful? Happy building and thanks so much for stopping by;)

      • Minna on April 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

        Oh…it would be a similar coffee table to the one you just built. I haven’t decided it I want it to be square or rectangular based upon the placement of the furniture. Could I shoot over a picture to you so that you can give me your opinion?

  11. Denissa on April 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    It looks amazing!! I love the contrast of the colors! Awesome job 🙂

  12. Chris Wooten on April 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    GREAT jOB

    Chris Wooten
    [email protected]

    • Ashley on April 14, 2011 at 3:08 am

      Thanks so much Chris!!!

  13. June on April 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That is gorgeous. Nice work. I myself have a backlogged list of KOW projects to get to.

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you June! Ana’s site is dangerous….I always find “one more thing” that I must have in my house;) Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Jennifer on April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    FABULOUS!!! (=

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you Jennifer:)

  15. Paula Chaffin on April 13, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    That is just what your sofa unit needed. I thought that your trunk looked so nice because I am sooo partial to trunks but this I love!!! Nice job!!

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you Paula! I did love the trunk but now that I have a more functional table I am in love with it. It’s so nice to have a flat surface to decorate and set my coffee cup;) Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Katrina McElhinney on April 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    This looks awesome. A friend of mine has been looking for a coffee table just like this. I am wondering if you did anything before you put the stain on. ON the can it says to us some product to avoid streaking, just wondering if I can skip that step. Thanks

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you Katrina! I didn’t do anything to it before besides sanding down the wood putty and rough edges. It didn’t streak and I have never had streaking when I have stained. Now, I am not a professional and I’m sure the proper way is to treat it before hand but I’m impatient:) Definitely put some sort of varnish on top of it to keep it sealed and protected!

      • Katrina McElhinney on April 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

        Thanks so much. I love your blog!! You rock!!

  17. Tiffany on April 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I luv this look, I plan on changing the finish on my kitchen table legs for this same feel. Great job!

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Sounds awesome Tiffany! Thank you so much:)

  18. Audrey on April 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I absolutely love it!!! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you Audrey! Happy to have you stop by:)

  19. Kristen: Turning a House into a Home on April 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    It is absolutely beautiful! Beautiful! Mind if I ask what the cost break down looked like? I really want to build a coffee table but am sure it will be more than I budget.

    Kristen
    Turning a House into a Home

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Kristen! I did forget to mention the cost….I’m sorry. I went back and added it so hopefully others will be able to see it. I only spent $40 and I had to buy every piece of wood for it. This is not including the stain, polycrylic or spray paint… I would add another $30 for that if you don’t already have it:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  20. Jan on April 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    That is Fabulous! You are very talented!! I LoVe it!

    • Ashley on April 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you Jan! You are too sweet:) I had great plans to follow and that made a HUGE difference. Couldn’t have done it without ’em:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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