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Creating a Coffee Table from a $30 Thrift Store Find

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Happy Monday y’all!

It’s a very chilly President’s Day here on the hill, with more winter weather on the way. The bright side is that Day Light Savings time is only 4 weeks away, and once we hit that, Spring is right around the corner!

Today I am sharing the $30 thrift store table that I turned into a farmhouse style coffee table for my living room.

That’s $30 total!

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I had been looking for a coffee table for this room since we moved in last year, with no luck. First of all, have you seen the prices on coffee tables lately? They are a small investment for sure, and I change my mind…a lot. Even if I wanted to spend that kind of money, I couldn’t find one with the look, price or size that I wanted. So I decide to make my own.

First, I found this over sized, really heavy end table at a local thrift store. I have been stopping by there for months and I finally got lucky. It was beat up and ugly (ugly like an old library table)  but I saw the potential, and it was only $30, so if it didn’t work out, c’ est la vie, it was no great loss.

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I hauled it home, and my husband cut 5 inches off the legs for me to make it the standard coffee table height of 18 inches. Then I gave it a few coats of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone. I let the paint dry and do what it wanted to do, and then lightly sanded where it had chipped and crackled. To finish it up I applied a coat of clear wax.

PicMonkey Collage paint

I’m really pleased with the way it came out. Our home is super casual and this room is about as fancy as we get. So I just styled it with a few simple touches to keep it light and bright.

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PicMonkey Collage good

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I don’t think you have to spend a ton of money to style your home,

Re-loving an old piece of furniture is much more satisfying than buying a new piece, while adding so much more character with a sense of  your own personal style.

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23 thoughts on “Creating a Coffee Table from a $30 Thrift Store Find

  1. It turned out perfectly! How great your Hubby could cut the legs evenly and that it fits so well into your lovely home!
    Looks like a score to me!
    Nancy
    wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

  2. I absolutely love it!! I just did the very same thing with a very sturdy skinny table that is around 32″ long and 12″ wide. I had been spotting at my local thrift store for a few weeks. I cut down the legs and, gave it a paint job and I now have it in my bathroom as a bench. I just love it that I have a place to sit and put on my shoes.

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