Last Updated on August 1, 2012 by Kristi Linauer
I realized that I have quite an accumulation of coffee tables. I have about five of them in my storage building, plus one at home that I bought from Goodwill a few weeks ago, and then the one that I rescued from the dumpster earlier this week. I need to do something with these, and I need inspiration for them! So I’ve gathered eight amazing coffee table makeovers that I really like. I hope they inspire you, too!
Do YOU have a coffee table makeover that you think might inspire me (and others)? If so, please leave a link in the comments below. I’d love to see your creativity!
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Angela FlandersJuly 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm
Love it! I always re-purpose things before buying new.
MelJuly 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Great post. I’d take an older coffee table over the new one’s any day.
I’ve done a couple of thrift store coffee table make overs, hopefully they inspire you.
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Mel, those are both great! Thanks so much for sharing them! I think the rectangle one is my favorite. 🙂 There’s just something about a white paint/stained top combo that I find so appealing.
MelJuly 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm
yes, that’s my favourite too, I kept it and sold the round one, made a nice profit on it too 🙂
GinaJuly 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Great before and afters!
I re-did an Ikea Lack coffee table last year. http://inspiredbyothers.blogspot.com/2012/01/leathered-table.html
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm
What a great finish! I’ve done that technique on a wall before, but never on a piece of furniture. Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing, Gina!
SuzanJuly 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Here’s a few of mine, ( you asked for it – you got it – lol )
some aren’t exactly coffee tables but…………………..
Have a great one!
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm
Those are great! I’m going to have to show Matt the backgammon table. He would LOVE that! That’s one of our favorite games, so I know as soon as I show it to him, he’s going to want me to make one. 🙂
GinaJuly 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Great before and afters!
I re-did an Ikea Lack coffee table earlier this year…….http://inspiredbyothers.blogspot.com/2012/01/leathered-table.html
GinaJuly 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm
Great before and afters! I re-did an Ikea Lack coffee table earlier this year…….http://inspiredbyothers.blogspot.com/2012/01/leathered-table.html
GinaJuly 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Oops. Sorry I posted multiple times. It said it wasn’t working but I guess it was.
Lizzie @ Pretty City ThingsJuly 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm
Thank you for featuring my coffee table makeover alongside other gorgeous redos! Would you mind adding a link to my original post please? It’s on my blog at: http://www.prettycitythings.com/2011/05/ikea-goes-glam.html
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm
Oops! I had the pictures linked, but forgot to link the description. Sorry about that!
Lizzie @ Pretty City ThingsJuly 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm
Sorry – should’ve checked the pictures! Thanks so much for adding one in the description too though! 🙂
JenniferJuly 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm
These are amazing redoes. I’m excited to see what you do with yours. I tried to click on the links of a few of the blogs and none of them worked. Just thought I’d let you know.
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm
Hmm…I wonder why they won’t work for you. I just clicked on all of them and they all worked for me. Very strange.
JessicaJuly 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm
I am about to do a coffee table this weekend for my sunporch. It’s one of those cut-down pedestal tables that I got from Craig’s List for $25. I hope that it doesn’t look too big in the room. Good luck on yours!
BlissJuly 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm
Every single one of those tables is an inspiration, but I have to tell you that Korrie at RedHenHome is the reason I started blogging. I wanted to re do my dinning room table like one of her inspirational tables. I haven’t done it yet!
arodJuly 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm
those are some great transformations if your looking for 1 more (you asked hee hee)
Kristi LinauerJuly 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm
Wow, now that took a lot of work!! I’ve been so tempted to pick up some of those metallic Martha Stewart paints at Home Depot but could never think of anything to use them for. They look great as accents on your coffee table!
arodJuly 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm
i also used that paint to stencil a wall it shines really nice on a wall
BeccaJuly 6, 2012 at 10:12 am
UGH! Please someone tell me how you can separate yourself from some of these pieces and sell them. I finished mine and can’t imagine selling it! :/
Trying to come up with a few ideas for a matching side table or console table….
Thanks for letting us share Kristi!
JasannaJuly 6, 2012 at 11:47 am
Thanks for these! I’ve been on the lookout for a thrift shop coffee table but not sure what I’d do with it. This helps! 🙂
Liz MarieJuly 7, 2012 at 8:56 am
Love all the coffee tables! Here is mine that I made from black and boring to warm wood & white. http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2011/09/warm-wood-white/
Kristi LinauerJuly 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Simply beautiful. I think this already in a previous comment, but I’ll say it again…there’s just something about that white paint/stained wood combo that I find so appealing!! Maybe that’s what I should do with my dumpster coffee table. Since the top isn’t real wood, I could replace it like you did. Hmmm…now you’ve got me thinking…
Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologistJuly 7, 2012 at 10:17 am
Love to makeover tired furniture! Here’s my coffee table makeover: http://thedecorologist.com/ode-to-downton-abbey-table-transformation
Kristi LinauerJuly 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Kristie, that looks fantastic! I don’t know that I would have had the courage to paint it gold, but it turned out amazing!
Christine from Decorated LifeJuly 9, 2012 at 10:05 am
Great ideas to makeover a coffee table! From humble to honorary! These look great!
Inspiring Coffee Table Makeovers!July 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm
[…] It’s easy enough to paint your coffee table – but what about effects like typography, adding a flag, staining, distressing, embellishing with brass or wall paper. Each coffee table makeover is easy – for inspiration on how to makeover your coffee table read more by clicking right here. […]
CassandraNovember 26, 2012 at 1:16 am
Help!! I’m working on a vintage pedestal, claw foot dining table but I can’t decide on the color! To everyone: if you could choose a color for the table, what would it be?
Wendy GurleyJanuary 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm
Do you think I could use a small kitchen table in a make over to a coffee table. Cutting the legs off or way down…
Kristi LinauerJanuary 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm
Of course you could! I’ve seen it done several times. 🙂
RaniApril 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm
I have a marble top coffee table.its stained really bad but It’s really a nice piece .Any suggestions ?
Ps: tried to clean the marble didn’t work ,so it has to be covered or changed.
Kim HAugust 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm
Love all the tables? How did you put the wording on the French Style table. I have one very similar and would like to try this. Is it a stencil or decal? Any insight would be appreciated… I love it!
[email protected]November 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm
Thanks for including my coffee table in your list! This is still a very popular post, obviously 😉
laceyDecember 29, 2013 at 6:21 pm
I have a coffee table that i loved when i bought it but over the last 3 years it has taken sone wear and tear from eveeyday use. I like to refinish furniture, im only a rookie, but my table has marble inlay pieces and i have no idea how to redo and revive my coffee table with these.marble inlay pieces. PLease help ??!!
Ps i can send pictures
Hello I Live Here - LindaJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:00 am
I am sending you my latest coffee Table posts! An old iron beauty found at a thrift store, that I re did to make new again. The unique thing, I used the help of our readers to vote on the actual finish on the table. It was an awesome project and great fun. I would love to find out about featuring it in your awesome coffee table area. Let me know what I would need to do for you!
Hope your New Years is rocking!!! Happy 2014!
Linda @ Hello I Live Here
SeanApril 8, 2014 at 5:58 am
Hi i am also in decor and i must say i like the idea and the way you are making it. it looks rely well done and original.
I wonder how old rustic blinds will look?
any way it looks great well done!
MaggieApril 16, 2014 at 5:47 am
Hi, if you have got small round table, why not turn it into focal point in your hallway or by the window and use it as a colourful detail to compliment your décor? If you have got cream / beige decorated hallway, you can paint small round table in cream shade and add lime green vintage detail to it, to create something quirky and unusual:
Elizabeth SagarminagaApril 30, 2014 at 12:45 am
You are amazingly creative! I absolutely LOVE all of your ideas! Thanks for sharing! Just found your blog and it has given me the inspiration. Keep it up.