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Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover

Hello, hello! Today I’m sharing our rustic coffee table makeover. I picked up this poor little table at a garage sale a couple of years ago and gave it it’s original makeover then. You can see that here.  It’s gotten pretty beat up in two years and the top has finally had it or maybe I’ve just had it with looking at all those scratches and wait, is that an excuse for a new project??? I think so…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - table before - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I absolutely adore the color of the bottom of this table so that will stay as is. It’s just happy. I really wanted to do something more rustic with the top so we decided to add planks. We wanted to use the same rough saw pine we used in our Pottery Barn inspired shelf and end table.

I wanted to make it a bit bigger and planned to have the edges hang over one inch on all sides so we needed 38 inches across total. To break it up a bit, we used (6) 5 inch boards and (2) 4 inch boards.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover using rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

I sanded each board a bit especially on the edges so that they would fit tightly together and then screwed them on from the bottom so you can’t see it. What a difference already, right?!?

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Once they were secured, I used the palm sander to go over the entire top with 120 grit sandpaper to get a nice smooth surface without losing too much of the character of the wood.  Then I used Minwax Wood Finish Stain in Golden Oak and this rustic coffee table makeover is almost done.

Nice pic, thanks Kev…

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - New top made with stained rough saw pine boards - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

So the color was so rich when it was still wet and I knew it may dry lighter so I may have to do another coat. Here it is with the first coat..

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Stain Completed - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love that it’s not perfect and that is has knots and grooves and rough patches and the stain emphasizes the saw marks. It just feels like it has so much more life now.

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw pine with character - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Here it is in it’s spot in the family room.  You can see how it’s lightened up so I will definitely be doing another coat of stain to make it a bit darker. I love how the colors in the wood still play off the colors in the stone of the fireplace.

 

Rustic Coffee Table - Rough saw pine added to an old table - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - With new top made from rough saw pine - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - with a new rough saw pine top - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Rough Saw Pine and Stain - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Rustic Coffee Table Makeover - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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I love the way it turned out ! It definitely is a more rustic than before and has a lot more personality.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of giving new life to an old piece. Do you have a re-do project in mind for a piece of furniture you have?

Happy DIY’ing!

Col

8 comments

  1. susan says:

    Love this and so simple. Did you take off the old top or just screw the new planks on top of it? I have a beat up coffee table I want to do this to with pallet planks.

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Susan! We just put the planks right over the old top. Much easier and gives you something to attach the new boards to. Pallet planks would be perfect 🙂

  2. Karen K from Buffalo says:

    I love the legs on your table! Now that was a garage sale find!! I noticed you had snow in the background & I never thought about staining outside in the winter. Boy, that eliminates smelly houses for days!! I love your round box on the table, too. Is that a cheese box? Anyway, love your table!!

    • Colleen says:

      Hi Karen! Thanks so much! It was a great find, right? One of the legs was broken off so the people just wanted to get rid of it and I lucked out. Believe it or not, it’s usually way to cold to paint or stain anything outdoors here in January but it happened to be 50+ degrees here last weekend so I took advantage of it. Freezing rain and sleet today, so you never know. 🙂 I think it is a cheese box or some kind of strainer. It makes a great tray! I’m so glad you stopped by, thanks again!

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