Hello DIY fans! We’re back with another easy tutorial today, this time sharing how to take a boring thrifted coffee table and turn it into a two-toned beauty! We like to share inexpensive alternatives to spending major money, as you can tell on our past Creative Home posts! Here is what the coffee table looked like when I bought it for $30 from a neighbor who found it at Goodwill. In great shape, with great bones! It just needed a little refinish job, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it when I spotted it!
First I prepped the piece for staining by sanding it down on the corners. Looks like a beast of a dog used it as his chewing toy which is too bad. I could have filled it in with wood filler and tried to repair it, but since I have 4 kids, and this is staying in the hub of our home- my family room- I decided to sand it down and blend it in instead. It’s going to go through it’s own form of torture anyhow!
I’m a huge fan of staining furniture but wanted to try Minwax’s Gel Stain that I’ve heard so much about! It was fun to use since it went on with a rag instead of a paintbrush. It didn’t need two coats either, which is a huge bonus, making it a quick step! Since I live in AZ and it’s always hot out, it dried fast…see there are perks to 120 degree weather (;
I love how the stain darkened it a couple of shades as you can see in the last picture above. I used a sample size from Home Depot of “Ruffled Clam” cream for the top; this kept the cost down since the samples are less than $3. I applied two coats with a foam roller, using up the whole sample.
Ralph Lauren used to sell the perfect glaze “Smokey” but it’s recently been discontinued from Home Depot which stinks. I bought a faux glaze and paired it with another sample color, Brown Thrush. I poured the brown into the glaze and was left with a light brown tint to compliment the cream. Truth be told I would much prefer the RL glaze, but I’m okay with the end product of this homemade glaze mix. I used a small paintbrush to fill in the cracks to darken them. I really like the feel of a good aged piece of furniture, so the paint & glaze was a good combination. It’s really easy and forgiving, so if you’re tempted to try it, go for it! It’s hard to mess up, and you can always re-paint over any mess ups! I love how the lines show above; it really gives the coffee table character. If the above picture looks familiar, we shared a similar angle when we scored this amazing Mohawk SmartStrand Rug and reviewed it on our blog. Visit all our furniture before and afters as well as a full list of our tutorials! Until next time!