DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Several months ago I was given a coffee table. The owner no longer wanted it and I have been dubbed the person who takes all cast out furniture. A role that I am of course happy to play. I gladly took the coffee table, stored it in my garage, and wondered what to do with it. The table just lacked any personality. So I decided to give it a little face lift and turn it into a DIY Famhouse Coffee Table.
I knew I wanted to cover up that blah pressboard coffee table top. The first step was very nicely asking the hubbster to help me cut some 1×4’s. We cut them to the length of the old coffee table top, with a little over hang.
Once the boards were cut it was time to do some staining. I used Minwax wood stain in Dark Walnut. The dark color of this stain is right up my alley!!! I used a couple coats of wipe on Polyurethane to protect the wood.
While the wood stain and poly was drying I whipped up some creamy DIY Chalk Paint. I am loving the pairing of white furniture with stain wood combo. I painted the coffee table with the chalk paint and did a bit of distressing.
I waxed the painted table once the chalk paint was dry (I usually wait 24 hrs for the paint to REALLY dry). Then I called the hubs in with his nail gun to attach the stained boards to the newly painted coffee table.
Is it just me or is knotty dark stained wood just dreamy???
Here’s a close up of some of the distressing that I did to the chalk paint.
I seriously think if I didn’t already have a coffee table I would be making this on all mine!!! The new top of the coffee table is oh so much better than the drab one of the past.
Do you have a boring coffee table at home in need of a little something? Why have a cookie cutter coffee table that looks like everyone else’s, when you can make a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table of your very own!!!
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Check out some of these other farmhouse inspired projects that I’ve done……
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  1. WOW.. I really love it.. farmhouse furniture is right up my alley, and this is perfect! great job 🙂 ~Bre

  2. Ok, that is seriously a beautiful redo! I like the walnut stained top with the white body of the piece. Fabulous pieces!

  3. I love this look- dark wood with cream. I recently re-painted our family room coffee table just like this and everyone who sees it loves it!! I really like how you re-topped the table -it looks much more rustic and has tons more character!!

  4. It looks absolutely fabulous, Courtney! Definitely a worthwhile makeover.

  5. did you just lay the wood on top of the existing table top or did you take off the table top?

  6. It’s gorgeous!

  7. What a charming makeover!!!


  8. This is just gorgeous!

  9. Absolutely beautiful!

  10. I love this!! I’ll be doing my coffee table with a dark stained top and antique white bottom too, I dig this trend! A definite improvement, great job. 🙂

    Danielle – hopping over from the scoop party!

  11. Very cool! You did an awesome job! I’m pinning it for inspiration!

  12. Love the outcome! I couldn’t have seen past the table top to envision this. Thanks so much for the inspiration and how to tips.

  13. Drooling over this! Love the combo of the white and the dark stain. Beautiful job!

  14. This looks great! I’m obsessed with the farmhouse look!! Found you via TipJunkie!

    – Fotini { }

  15. What an awesome makeover. I love the color combination. This table would cost a fortune in a store. I would love for you to come and share this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

  16. Looks great, what a perfect update. I’m featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend.

  17. Beautiful! I also love the dark stains. I think I would have kept that table for myself if I were you 🙂

  18. I love what you have done with this table! So beautiful!

  19. So beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

  20. This is fab fab fabulous. OK. will feature you. Friday probably, otherwise next week!

  21. Hi there! I love love love your farmhouse coffee table! I have never refinished a coffee table before- and was hoping to do the one I have now or get one off of craigslist and refinish it myself. I was hoping to hear how you did it and see if you have any pointers/tips. Please let me know! thanks so much 🙂 Madeline

    • Hi Madeline! If you look through the post I explain how I made this table. Also, there are a few other tables that I have re-done in the farm table style. If you click on those it will take you to the posts about them. Good luck! If you have any questions let me know!


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