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How to Transform an Old, Outdated Table into a Farmhouse Style DIY Pedestal Coffee Table.
Today I’m sharing the DIY farmhouse pedestal coffee table makeover from the round table we found at the thrift store a few weeks ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be our new coffee table. Other than being too tall, it was the perfect size and scale for our living room upstairs. And, I really had my heart set on a round shape to balance out the sharp edges of our sectional.
Dun dun dun (dramatic important announcement here)……I’m so honored to be joining together with 2 other amazingly talented DIY bloggers to share our #Transformation Tuesday projects. Which means we will all be sharing our DIY transformations along with all the tips, tricks, and instructions you would need to recreate our projects. And, we’ll be teaming up to do this once a month!
Joining me will be Lacey from Rock Solid Rustic and Melissa from Sincerely Saturday!
The way it works is at the bottom of my post I’ll link to all of their featured blog posts so you can explore their Transformation Tuesday projects as well! So be sure to visit them!
Here’s a pic of this soon to be beauty when we found her. Click here to read about our other thrift store treasures we found that weekend.
We paid $30 for this table, which was a steal. $30! That wouldn’t even begin to buy me a brand new coffee table, let alone one made of solid wood.
Literally all this table needed was a good cleaning, a good sanding, and little bit of love. The amazing thing about redoing a piece, and the reason why I’m so in love with thrift store shopping, is now we have a one of a kind coffee table. It’s beautiful, functional, and extremely affordable.
So… let’s break down what you need for this project.
What You’ll Need:
- Random orbital sander (Here’s a link to a similar Black and Decker like we have)
- Coarse grit (~40-60) Sandpaper discs (for sander) Find here.
- Fine grit (~120) Sandpaper discs (for sander) Find here.
- Your choice of stain- We used Fusion mineral paint in Cappuccino. (I purchased mine from here.)
- Foam brush (for applying stain)
- Rag (for wiping off excess stain)
- Chalk paint (or any paint of your preference) for the base
- Miter saw (for cutting table down to correct height) Here’s a link to the newer model of the one we have.
Since we had all the supplies already except for the stain, we weren’t out much for this project. The stain I decided to go with is a little pricey at around $26.99 for 237 ml or roughly 1 cup of stain. But so far, this stain has recovered a tabletop, a desk chair, and hopefully the top to a soon to be entertainment center. So, a little goes a long way.
It’s called Fusion stain and finishing oil and I ordered the color Cappuccino. They have a whole line of mineral paints (that I can’t wait to try!) but it was the stain that drew me to them. After researching how to create a natural weathered sort of wood look, this stain kept popping up. I loved the subtle way the stain seeps into the wood exposing the wood grain but still kind of having a natural, rustic look to it.
And I’ve worked with regular ol’ Minwax stains before with great results. But there was just something special about this stain that I’m loving.
How to Turn a Too Tall Round Table into a DIY Pedestal Coffee Table
As I mentioned earlier, this table was perfect except for the height. I’m guessing maybe it was a small breakfast table in a past life? Even though I’m not even sure two full size dining chairs would fit under there. Maybe a kid’s table?
First we just tried it out in our living room. Obviously it was too high, but we wanted to get a feel for what would comfortably work in our space. The normal height for your average coffee table is 16-18 inches from the ground. You also want the top of the table to be at least an inch or so lower than the height of your couch, which makes sense.
We just kind of played around with what felt comfortable to us, really. You know, by sitting on the couch and trying to envision what height would be comfortable for our feet to rest on. We finally decided on a height around 17.5 inches and our table measured as is stands around 24 inches tall. So we had around 7 excess inches to remove.
The struggle with this table was trying to figure out where to remove the extra height. We wanted to do it in a subtle way where you would never had known this table wasn’t always meant to be a coffee table, meaning you didn’t first glance at it and think, “That looks weird!” Weird is definitely not what I’m going for!
So once we knew how tall it needed to be, Jeremy went and retrieved his supplies. He first unscrewed the tabletop from the base. Then he removed the legs. We chose the part of the base that had the most “bulk” to take the extra height off.
Even after removing several inches from that part of the table, we were still left with enough of the original base to provide lots of curves that you typically see with pedestal table bases. In other words, it still maintained the original look!
So, Jeremy made his carefully measured pencil marks and took the base down to the workshop for a quick snip snip. (And saved the excess because I think it could be a really cute candle stand holder.) I then reassembled the base in it’s new coffee table approved height to get ready for a quick coat of chalk paint.
I really like working with Annie Sloan chalk paint (like I did for my Mamaw’s old dining table turned game table redo), but I only had it in the Coco color. And, I really wanted the base of my coffee table to be white.
Being typical, impatient me, I couldn’t be bothered to wait for it to arrive in the mail. So I just used some white chalk paint I already had on hand that I had previously bought at JoAnn’s.
I had used this stuff before on picture frames and little knickknacks throughout the house and this stuff works great on these smaller projects. However, for something larger, like a table base, I really recommend getting some “good” stuff.
I think I had to put around 4 thin coats of chalk paint on this table. (Whereas, my Annie Sloan covered my game table in around 2, saving lots of time!) Then I gave it a quick coat of spray sealer and it was finally done!
Using wax is another option that yields great results. I used a dark wax on my game table to give it a more vintage, antique, real wood look. If I had had any clear wax (which doesn’t change the color) on hand I would have used that instead because I like how easy it is to clean. I can and have scrubed crayon marks out of that table top and the paint looks just as perfect as it did the day I applied it.
So, base completed. Check.
Now on to sanding the top.
How to Sand a Round Table Top
For this step I headed out to the garage where it was a
blazing inferno of hell little warm to say the least. We’ve had a few hot weeks around here lately, but since tables won’t sand themselves, I waited until the evening when it had cooled down a little. Which is my excuse for why I forgot to take many pics of the sanding process.
I borrowed Jeremy’s trusty sawhorses he built back when we first started learning how to DIY at our old house and propped my tabletop on top. These sawhorses have been through a lot of projects with us.
First, I applied a coarse grit sandpaper disc to my sander. Since I was staining this, not painting, I wanted to completely remove the previous finish to get the wood back to it’s natural state. If you were just painting, you would only need to rough it up a little to get the paint to adhere and could probably use a medium grit.
It took me about 30 minutes or so to complete the sanding step. After all the previous finish was removed, I wiped the table down to remove any sawdust and applied another sandpaper disc, this time it was a ultrafine grit to give it a super smooth finish. After giving it another quick go round with the sander, it was finally ready for stain.
How to Stain a DIY Pedestal Coffee Table top with Fusion Stain and Finishing Oil
The shop I ordered the Fusion stain from was the sweetest. They sent me a little paint stirrer, some gloves, and a handwritten card thanking me for my purchase. I love getting to support other small business owners when I can.
So all I did for this step, was put on my trusty gloves, open the stain and give it a good stir. Then I took a small foam brush, got a little on the brush and applied a light and even coat on the top and sides of the table.
(I didn’t take many pics of this step either, evidently.)
Then I followed the directions on the can, which said to wait 10-20 minutes for the stain to penetrate the wood, then wipe off the excess. I just used one of the old rags we keep in the garage for these types of projects.
After wiping off the excess, I realized that I forgot to go back and sand that little tiny strip right below the top of the table. Duh. And since that little strip didn’t get sanded correctly, my stain didn’t get to absorb correctly.
My original plan was to sand it by hand, but I ended up resanding the whole side of the table again and the random orbital sander actually removed it all which saved a bunch of time after my oops mistake. So my lesson learned from this is to not be afraid to use the sander to get in all the nooks and crannies. It didn’t hurt a thing.
Which is why the more you DIY, the better you get. And why I always encourage anyone to just try. There is always something to learn and your skill becomes more proficient the more you do it. And all those other bloggers you see out there with the perfect Pinterest pictures and Instagram feeds? I guarantee you they make mistakes, too. They also experience frustrations and setbacks. It’s just an inevitable part of anything DIY.
Now for the big reveal! Drumroll please!
The Results: DIY Pedestal Coffee Table!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY farmhouse pedestal coffee table makeover. Stay tuned for future #Transformation Tuesday makeovers. And don’t forget to check these other projects out!
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Home Bar DIY Step by Step Guide by Lacey at Rock Solid Rustic
Just a quick background: When I moved into my own house, I always knew that I wanted a home bar but certainly couldn’t afford to have someone build it for me.
I wanted a legitimate bar though. I didn’t want a “man cave” bar that only seats 3 people, with a couple of sports flags hung up in the background. No one really seems to sit at these.
I wanted additional hangout space for my friends and family. I had the space in my unfinished basement, so with ZERO woodworking experience, I decided to take this on myself.
I had basic knowledge and skills with tools but certainly nothing skilled. I’m telling you that you too can build a bar to the exact specs and size that you want. It’s not that hard. As always, when in doubt, consult a professional.
You can make your bar to whatever size you want, as most people will make one to fit their specifications.
Click here to visit the talented Lacey from Rock Solid Rustic and find her full tutorial for how to build a bar for beginners!
DIY Industrial Curtain Rod from Melissa at Sincerely Saturday.
When I decided I need curtain rods for my house, I had no idea how expensive they could be. Of course, I found some that I loved but could not afford. So, I brainstormed for a couple of days and came up with DIY industrial double curtain rods.
These curtain rods are not only extremely economical but are uber functional as well. Find the step by step tutorial and product list on Sincerelysaturday.com.
Be sure to visit Melissa!
Thanks for stopping by!