Rustic Industrial Coffee Table from a Throway

Once up on time, after Dena of Hearts & Sharts had been visiting a friend, her friend asked, “Hey, do you want this crappy table?”  Dena hesitated, then decided the sturdy but stained table might be perfect for turning into an upholstered ottoman someday, so took it home to sit in her garage.


“Meanwhile, I’m running around town like a moron looking for a coffee table,” Dena laughs.  One day, dreaming of the coffee table that she couldn’t find, she realized that the solution was already in her garage.   Some serious sanding removed the stain on the tabletop.  Dena removed the wood legs and replaced them with hairpin-style legs made of metal rebar that she found on Etsy.  To give the tabletop the patina of aged wood, Dena tells us that, “I put a bunch of random hardware in a sock and beat the table to give it some inconsistent dents and dings, hit it with a hammer, a chain, and other random stuff,” before lightly staining the wood.  The result is just what Dena needed for her living room!


Get all the details on this industrial style makeover at Hearts & Sharts.

From Doomed Dresser to Side Table

Jessica is sharing a fast and dirty side table project at Live Randomly Simple. While scoping out a soon-to-be-demolished house, she found an antique dresser with beautiful drawers that were “dingy, dirty, scratched and long forgotten about.” The drawers escaped the wrecking ball and came home with her.

antique-dresser-drawerA couple of weeks later, Jessica realized that her shabby chic bathroom would be the perfect spot to feature one of the drawers. She decided to create a side table to hold bathroom supplies. She fashioned table legs by cutting down support beams she’d salvaged from the house’s attic, then screwed them into place. In less than thirty minutes, Jessica became the proud owner of this rustic piece of awesome!

DIY-Drawer-Side-Table Check out her step-by-step instructions at Live Randomly Simple.


Dresser to Coffee Table Transformation

Over at Lake Girl Paints, Deb has been working some furniture makeover magic.  It all started with a dresser passed down from Grandma.


The dresser had some gorgeous lines, but had too much water damage on the bottom half to be used as it was.  Instead, Deb cut it down to coffee table height and added some simple legs.  She sanded and stained the old dresser.  Next, she painted the box around the drawers a vintage white, sanding the edges for a worn look.  Leaving the drawers and top stained gave the coffee table a two-tone finish that looks great in Deb’s living room!

Dresser into coffee table

Get all the details on this dresser turned coffee table at Lake Girl Paints.

A Forgotten Piano Bench Sings as a Coffee Table

Debbie at Painted Therapy learned a valuable lesson the hard way: “never put wheels on tables; kids will always use them as trains.”  After the untimely derailment of her train coffee table, Debbie went searching in the garage for a replacement. She turned this hand-me-down piano bench into a (stationary) coffee table of beauty!


Debbie says that this piano bench was left behind by the previous owners of her house, and now she’s glad she didn’t get rid of it. She grabbed wood from the lumber yard to make a shelf and a new table top, which she built right on top of the old hinged lid. (Such a smart idea!) Debbie used brown and black paint, Vaseline, and sandpaper to create her “shabby look.” This was followed by a few coats of wood finish, a light touch of black paint, and a sealing with polyurethane. Debbie loves that she’s taken this piece “from a wallflower piano bench to a showcase in our living room.”

piano-bench-upcycled-stained-coffee-tableSee the complete instructions at Painted Therapy.

Table Left Behind Gets Renewed

Marie blogs at Fort Ledbetter.  She had a tufted ottoman in her living room, which was great….until her kids started picking at the buttons!  “We had an old coffee table in the basement from where we moved that I thought would be more kid friendly, but needed a serious makeover, first,” she says.



Marie painted the base of the coffee table a pretty shade of cornflower blue, but when she tried to stain the top, things went awry.  “It wasn’t made completely out of real wood, so the stain didn’t take very well,” Marie explains.  Instead, she replaced the top with pin 1×4’s which she cut on the diagonal and laid out in a style not unlike a barn door.  Sanded and stained, the new tabletop looks amazing.  Wow!



Click over to Fort Ledbetter to learn more about this restyled and refinished coffee table.

Coffee Table Redo

At Lolly Jane, Kelli reveals that all her neighbors know just how much she loves “junk”.  They call her when they have stuff to get rid of, and that’s how Kelli acquired this heavy-duty coffee table top.

That’s right–just the top.  Kelli added the legs and a fresh coat of pretty blue paint.  Now it looks great and offers a terrific storage option for her living room!

Visit Lolly Jane to learn all about how Kelli redid this coffee table.

Trashed and Tossed Table Gets a Chic Second Chance

Karen of The Salvaged Boutique tells us, “Trolling the neighborhood on one of our tree lawn treasure hunts we came across a pathetic but gorgeous table.”  It was in really bad shape, but Karen was charmed by the chippy paint and lovely lines.


At home, Karen discovered that the table was even more of a mess than she’d initially realized.  The center of the tabletop was actually particle board that had serious water damage.  She and her husband removed the damaged top and replaced it with new wood.  She painted it with Miss Lillian’s Chock Paint in the color Snowflake (and explains all about why she used that paint back over at her blog).  After painting, Karen distressed the edges of the table to get that worn, chippy look that she’d fallen for.  Lovely!


Make sure you visit The Salvaged Boutique to get all the details on this rescued table makeover.

Rescuing a Pottery Barn Piece from the Gutter

“I do my best shopping while I’m jogging through my neighborhood, apparently,” laughs Holly of McCall Manor.  “This beauty was sitting in the gutter.”  And guess what?  It was a Pottery Barn Kids farmhouse table.


Holly was pretty sure that if the legs on this table were a bit shorter, it would make a perfect coffee table.  Her husband chopped a couple inches off the bottom of each leg to get just the right size.  “I painted the legs with ASCP french linen and the top with CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate,” Holly explains.  She added a Greek key design to the top for some added visual interest.  Looks pretty good for starting out in the gutter, doesn’t it?


Go over to McCall Manor to get the full scoop on this kids’ table to coffee table transformation.