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February 12, 2023

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A Two-Toned Scalloped Coffee Table Makeover: Thrift Store Projects

AT LAST! The scalloped coffee table makeover is done! I shared a peek of this thrifted $30 table back in May when I was discussing our living room plans. And to most of you the table probably looked finished, BUT in true Jennifer fashion, it wasn't. Don't you know I always like to draw out the last few steps of a project for a looonnng time? πŸ€£

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Let's rewind a bit last summer, to that glorious day that I made a quick pit stop into our local Salvation Army and laid my eyes on this beauty. It only took me a whole ten seconds to decide it was coming home with me. The scalloped shape of the tabletop was what sucked me in. Oh, and the $30 (ish) dollar price tag.

A Two-Toned Scalloped Coffee Table Makeover

Side note: I don't have any pics of it's original state because my hubby pretty much started sanding the top of the table down before I could even get it out of the trunk. But other then the wood on top being a little orange-ish, this is the state of the table I bought it in. Not too shabby, right?

Some of you may recall from the living room discussion, that I also fell hard for this table because it reminded me of the Pier 1 coffee table I had been eyeing for months (but for $260 cheaper! πŸ˜‰)

Coffee Table Makeover

Natural Stonewash Square Coffee Table

That piece ended up being the inspiration for our table and other than one or two minor hiccups (more on that in a bit), I absolutely adore how this turned out!  So let's dive into the specifics quickly of how I transformed this little gal.

As I mentioned, the hubby sanded the top of the table down for me. He used a hand sander and fortunately, it didn't take as long as I thought it would to get rid of the original stain color. However, the sander did get a little too vigorous in two spots and left a distorted-burn-like-mark. One spot is more noticeable than the other. I was super bummed about it at first.

Thrift Store Projects

I reached out to my Instagram friends for ideas on how to fix it and I did receive a few tips, however, I was only able to lighten the blemish a bit. Hence for the delay in this post! Does it still bother me? Sure. But I'm moving on. It's one of my things I love the most about our home-it's perfectly imperfect.

Sanding Blemish

After the sanding was completed, I painted the base. I went with my favorite tried-and-true paint color, Benjamin Moore "White Dove". It's what I had on hand and it's quite possibly my favorite white paint color EVER. It took a few coats of paint to cover all the green ( I probably should of primed first but I'm impatient when it comes to finishing projects!)  

Then it was onto staining the top. I don't have many progress pics of this process (see "impatient" above) but you get the point. For the stain color, I went with another favorite, Miniwax's Golden Pecan. (If there's anything you take away from this post, just know that if I painted something white or stained a piece, it's 99% most likely BM's White Dove and Miniwax's Golden Pecan πŸ˜‰)

Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover.

Just last week, I finally got around to sealing the wood and paint. I like to use Miniwax's Polycrylic in Clear Matte to protect our furniture projects. It doesn't turn our white paint yellow over time like polyurethane does. It's also far less smelly to work with.

I wouldn't label this the most extreme furniture makeover EVER. As I mentioned, I was fortunate to find it in such good shape, but boy am I extremely pleased with how the coffee table turned out! Originally, I planned on using it in our family room, but it's convinced me otherwise. I guess you could say it's found it's new home!

Wood and white coffee table
A Two-Toned Coffee Table Makeover

As for the rest of the room, aside from the curtains (which I'll share about in an upcoming post), I feel like things are kind of on a standstill right now. In my mind the next step would be to get a new couch and accent chairs ( I still can't stand how that couch matches all of my wood tones!), but other projects and financial commitments have kind of pushed those things to the side right now. Plus, it's summer break and my kids allow me ZERO time to window shop. Geesh, darn kids.
P.S. You can see all of my living room plans here along with the new gallery wall I revealed back in spring! Sources for our decor are included.

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