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DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

This coffee table was purchased a while back at a thrift shop and quickly became victim to my painted stencil obsession, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. However, the table was pushed aside once the new kids on the block, a.k.a the pallet planked coffee tables, took over.

I finally decided it was time to give it a new look. I wanted a planked, farmhouse style look so I measured the table top and then purchased a piece of wood from Home Depot that was then cut into 6 equal boards (You can also buy the boards individually). I then used one of my favorite staining techniques on the wood – the vinegar/steel wool/tea method, which you can read about here.

Here is the before photo:

See how this worn out, thrifted find was transformed into a DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table for around $15. |

DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

I lightly sanded down the coffee table and then painted it with 2 coats of homemade chalk paint. I created a white wash effect on top of the stained boards by lightly dabbing a dry brush into some white paint, wiping it off on a paper towel and then covering certain sections in a somewhat sporadic fashion.

Once dry I waxed the table to keep it protected.

Afterwards I added metal brackets that I spray painted with Rustoleum’s Rubbed Oil Bronze and also lightly sanded and then spray painted the bottom metal sections of the legs so they would match the brackets.

See how this worn out, thrifted find was transformed into a DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table! MountainModernLife.comI glued the boards down using wood glue, and also added nails along the top edge. The finishing touch was the metal brackets, which were screwed in.

Here is the planked farmhouse style coffee table all transformed and ready to be admired. Best of all, I spent less than $15 sprucing it up! So, what do you think of it’s new look?

See how this worn out, thrifted find was transformed into a DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table!

See how this worn out, thrifted find was transformed into a DIY Farmhouse Style Coffee Table for around $15. |

Here’s the Before and After:

upcycled-farmhouse-style-coffee-table-before-after-mountainmodernlife.comDon’t you just love how a little bit of imagination and elbow grease can transform a piece of furniture to make it fit your style? It amazes me every time.

Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that could use some love? Don’t be afraid to re-imagine it!

  • Wow – the table looks great! I love the metal brackets you added – a great touch! I haven’t tried that staining method, but I love the results…hmmm might have to put that on my to do list!

    August 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm
    • Hi Cheryl! I really enjoy the steel wool/vinegar stain. If you are looking for a way to darken some wood but don’t care so much about the exact shade then it’s a great way to go. I just used the method again to “stain” our wedding wands. Plus it’s not as messy 🙂

      August 13, 2013 at 11:32 pm
  • Great transformation! It brings such an airy feeling to the room. I love the way you styled it as well, the candlesticks and flowers complement it perfectly. I have a big brown block coffee table I’m dying to do something similar to 🙂

    August 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    • Thank you Lusine! Don’t tell anyone but I may have cut a couple flowers off a bush in the apartment complex, haha. I’m pretty sure anyone that saw me walking around with scissors thought I was a total creeper, lol. Of course a couple hours later my cat was caught eating them, which is the reason I can’t keep real flowers in the first place 🙁

      August 13, 2013 at 11:36 pm
  • I love the finally transformation with the pallets. Great job! I can’t believe you only spent $15. Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie @ thecasualcraftlete

    August 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm
    • Thanks Katie! It could have been less if I had leftover pallet wood, but still not too shabby 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      August 19, 2013 at 1:51 am
  • Gotta love upcycles and turning them into something completely different. Yours turned out very lovely.

    August 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm
    • Thanks Jamie! It really is amazing how many ways you can change something – in fact that’s often what makes it hard for me to decide what to do! Thanks for stopping by!

      August 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm
  • Katie,

    Absolutely love this! Great job!


    August 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    • Thanks Doreen and I’m so happy you popped over to check it out 🙂

      August 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm
  • Great transformation! I love the color and use of the metal pieces for the corners. Always enjoy discovering another Atlanta blogger 🙂

    August 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    • Thank you so much! Oh yeah I’m a HUGE fan of metal brackets and think I may even have a drawer full of them now for future projects, haha. I’m off to check out your blog!

      August 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  • Wow, you really did turn something ho hum into something very beautiful. It great to be able to see past the old and banged up things isn’t it?

    Nicely done,

    August 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm
    • Thanks Crystal! Yes, it definitely makes all the hard work worthwhile 🙂

      August 19, 2013 at 1:49 am
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    August 13, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  • This looks AMAZING!! I want to run to the thrift store right now and find a table like this! Great job!!!

    August 14, 2013 at 10:48 am
  • Ohmigosh, how gorgeous! Love how the coffee table turned out! Found you on Savvy Southern Style:)


    August 14, 2013 at 11:06 am
    • Thanks Katie and I’m so happy you decided to pop on over to check it out!

      August 19, 2013 at 1:50 am
  • Oh I absolutely love this!! I have an almost identical table that I picked up off of Craigslist. It has water damage to the top that raised the grain and I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. This is perfect!!

    August 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm
    • Yes, this would be a great way to fix it up. I can’t wait to see what you do with it and how it turns out! Gotta love those CL finds 🙂

      August 19, 2013 at 1:52 am
  • This is perfection ! I love it …xo

    August 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm
  • Wow what a transformation! I love the wood top- great job!

    August 15, 2013 at 8:21 pm
  • Love this table. I’ve been wanting to make a piece that’s vintage-looking yet industrial too. I never even thought to use the L brackets on the corner. Looks great! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

    August 16, 2013 at 8:28 am
    • Thanks Becca! I am definitely a huge fan of the metal brackets and all the neat DIY projects I have seen them on 🙂

      August 19, 2013 at 1:54 am
    • Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

      August 19, 2013 at 12:33 pm
  • You did such a great job with this piece!

    August 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm
  • Love the transformation! It’s absolutely lovely!

    August 18, 2013 at 8:20 am
    • Wow, thank you so much Shayna. I appreciate you stopping by to check it out. Have a great week!

      August 19, 2013 at 1:55 am
  • west furniture revival

    I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR COFFEE TABLE! I love the top. if this would be ok please let me know,

    August 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm
  • I think your table turned out great and I love the addition of the corner pieces.

    August 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm
  • It’s gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that you were featured at Give Me the Goods Monday. I look forward to seeing what you link up tomorrow!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

    August 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
  • It turned out amazing! Thanx for sharing at THT.

    August 20, 2013 at 8:23 am
  • OMG, love this! Thanks so much for linking up with OPC and The DIY Show Off to support Habitat for Humanity. Featuring you on the blog and FB tomorrow. Thanks again!

    August 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm
  • Brilliant! Pinned!

    August 22, 2013 at 9:54 am
  • This is so cool. I will definitely keep this in mind for a future project. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from House of Hepworths.

    August 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm
  • It’s not often I see a coffee table that knocks my socks off, but this one is perfection!! My husband is seriously into up cycling old furniture right now, I’m going to pin this and demand he make me one, lol!! Thanks for sharing your fantastic project with us!
    ~April (visiting from StoneGable)

    August 29, 2013 at 9:44 am
    • I’m so happy you like it April, and it was such an easy update!

      September 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm
  • Carmen H.

    Love this!

    September 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    • Thanks, me too! I actually wish we would have kept this coffee table rather than selling it, lol. Oh well, there are many other coffee tables out there…

      September 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm
  • Great makeover!! I’m looking for a coffee table that I can update for a seating area, so thank you for the inspiration!

    January 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm
  • Kristin @ Everyday Organizing

    I just discovered your blog from the Bowl Full of Lemons link party and am now pretty much obsessed with everything you do. I love lots of your posts and ideas, but this table is one of my faves that I have looked at so far. Great work!

    March 4, 2014 at 11:22 pm
    • Thank you so much Kristin! This was actually one of my favorite projects and I was sad when we sold it, haha. Luckily it wasn’t too difficult to do so I’ll just have to make another one 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

      March 11, 2014 at 11:04 am
  • Nadine

    I absolutely love this table, it looks amazing. I am trying to come up with ideas as I want to make a small table for my craft room, so thanks for inspiring me 🙂

    July 9, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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