Almost every weekend during the summers my mom and I love to hit endless amounts of yard sales and flea markets. She’s definitely instilled the love of thriftiness in me. So when I stumbled across this coffee table for $10 I couldn’t pass it up. But over the past couple years it’s moved 3 times, suffered from spills and kicks, and was in dire need of some TLC.
Here’s what the coffee table originally looked like. My plan was to remove the shelves (it’s really just unused space and gathers so much junk), paint the base, and create a new wooden top in a chevron inspired pattern.
The surface that I would be mounting these to was roughly 24″ x 48″ so to create the top I used 1″ x 4″ boards cut at 45° angles and measured accordingly from the middle of the existing surface.
After all my pieces were cut I glued them together using wood glue and let dry.
While those were drying I disassembled my coffee table. When I removed the shelves it left holes on the sides where the pegs used to be. I filled them with wood putty, sanded the pieces down, and painted them. When I went to Sherwin Williams to get my paint, I was speaking with the salesman and he said that they couldn’t mix up the color I wanted in the paint I wanted. But he did say that I could use an eggshell finished wall paint and cover it with a polycrylic and it would give the same affect. I’m trusting you random Sherwin Williams salesman!
While my base was drying I moved back to my top. I sanded the pieces down and applied the stain per the directions. Once I had waited long enough I took the stain off that wasn’t absorbed with a clean towel. I waited a couple hours to make sure it was dry and then sealed it with a polycrylic.
Once everything was dry, I flipped my top over and screwed it to the existing surface.
Success! It turned out exactly how I envisioned, maybe even better. I love it so much that I’m now planning on revamping my end table in the same fashion!
What do you guys think of my first IKEA hack?! Would you have done anything different? Let me know in the comments!
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