Coffee Table Refresh // $20!

We scored our solid wood coffee table off of Craigslist for $30 about six years ago when we first moved to North Carolina. Initially, I loved it, but after a while — it just didn’t feel right. I thought perhaps it just didn’t fit our rental space, but after we moved to our bungalow and it STILL didn’t feel right, I almost threw it out. In the end, my husband talked me out of it, and I begrudgingly agreed that we could keep it as a place holder until I could find the right coffee table for our space.


The table was horribly scratched and had too many knots for my taste — the finish also didn’t complement our heart pine floors.

After scouring the internet and admiring several different options (most of which were ***several thousand dollars***), I was ultimately drawn to this coffee table:

Image via Restoration Hardware

Don’t laugh, but it actually took serval days before I finally realized that the main difference between the coffee table above and the coffee table I already owned was a can of paint ::cue victory dance:: #usewhatyouhave

I’m no expert on furniture painting, but I thought I would share my process to show that sometimes small changes are all it takes to turn something you have into something you love.

Project Details

I used:

  • 1 quart Behr Paint in semi gloss, color matched to Sherwin Williams Green Black: $15
  • 150 grit sand paper: $3
  • Power sander: $0 (already owned)
  • Mineral spirits: $0 (already owned)

MY COST: $18

My process can basically be summed up as:

  1. Sand
  2. Wipe down with mineral spirits
  3. Apply a thin coat of paint
  4. Let it dry
  5. Repeat

In the end, I think I applied 4 costs to the top and 3 costs everywhere else.


Final Result
I’m so happy with how my coffee table turned out! The darker color “pops” from our wood floors and ties in perfectly with our wood stove and iron curtain rods — it makes me smile every time I walk into my living room.

P.S. If you love the look of Restoration Hardware’s coffee table but don’t have a Craigslist lookalike on hand, I found this awesome and inexpensive DIY by Ana White. Let me know if you try it!

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