Thursday, October 10, 2013

Coffee Table Makeover

Since Ryan and I moved into our new condo we have been searching for a good deal on a coffee table.  Nine months without a coffee table is a LONG time, but I'm SO glad we stuck it out because this project was definitely worth the wait.  It took A LOT of patience working on this, sanding, painting, waiting for the paint to dry, then painting again, and again... Then, not liking your paint job and re-sanding it, then repainting it. Yep, I basically sanded it down, painted it, didn't like it (because the paint was too thick and globby looking) re-sanded it, then painted again.  BUT after all that hard work we think it turned out pretty great! And now I know the tricks to painting furniture so hopefully next time it goes a lot faster. Here's how I did it!


  • Coffee table ($30)
  • Electric Sander (pre owned)
  • 1 quart Zinsser Cover Stain Primer ( $8.88 Home Depot)
  • 1 quart Glidden Interior Premium Paint ($10.87 Home Depot)
    • eggshell White/Tint
  • Floetrol ($6.97 Home Depot)
  • 8 oz Minwax Ebony Wood Finish ($4.78 Home Depot)
  • 16 oz Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner ($5.98 Home Depot)
  • Purdy three pack paint brushes ($19.97 Lowes)
  • Minwax fast drying aerosol polyurethane (5.97 Walmart)
    • used clear semigloss
Total Cost of supplies only: $63.42
Total Cost: $93.42
(Note: you will have TONS of supplies left over after the project is done.  I bought all the smallest sized and probably only used about 1/3 of each. *** extra for future projects!***


  1. Sand entire table 
    1. (In my opinion sanding the base of the table is optional.  If the wood is in pretty good condition then skip right to priming, BUT definitely definitely sand the top of the table where you will be staining.  For mine I chose to sand the whole thing)
  2. Floetrol and Prime
    1. I CANNOT stress enough how amazing and important it is to use floetrol! Remember earlier how I said I painted, didn't like it, sanded it again, and repainted? The first time around the primer went on too thick, showed every brush stroke, and made the table look globby.  I went to the store and bought floetrol and the stuff does wonders! I will never paint without it again
    2. Directions for floetrol
      1. The bottle's directions are for adding it to a whole gallon, since we only need a little my rule of thumb is 2/3 paint, 1/3 floetrol.  Mix the two together and apply two thin coats to your base making sure to lightly SAND between each coat and that each coat DRIES completely before the next.
      2. (Note: the primer will ruin your brush (which is why you buy three a three pack) But if you know a trick to getting it out of the brush please share!)
  3. Paint and Floetrol
    1. Mix 2/3 paint 1/3 floetrol and apply two thin coats of paint to the base of the table (lightly sand between each coat)
    2. Let dry over night
  4. Pre-Stain and Conditioning 
    1. Apply wood conditioner to the top of the table and allow to soak for 15 minutes.
    2. Wipe off any extra and apply stain within two hours (follow directions on can)
  5. Stain
    1. We applied one coat of stain with a clean brush, and let it sit for 15 minutes before we rubbed off the excess with a clean towel
    2. Let your table sit for ANOTHER night
  6. Protective coating (Polyurethane)
    1. Spray on two coats of Polyurethane to the top of the table, waiting a half an hour between each coat. 
And that's how we did it! We love our table and hope it lasts us a really long time :)
Sanding, and more sanding...
My amazing hubs applying the stain for me (love him)

 Anxiously waiting for the stain to set...

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