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Before & After: Eight Amazing Coffee Table Makeovers

 

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!

Before:

Thrift store coffee table makeover from Red Hen Home - before.

After:

Coffee table makeover from Red Hen Home, black painted coffee table with stained top featuring a French typography design

Black coffee table with French typography from Red Hen Home


Before:

Coffee table makeover from AKA Design - before

After:

Coffee table makeover from AKA Design - country coffee table updated with bead board and paint

Country coffee table updated with bead board and paint from AKA Design


Before:

Coffee table makeover from Domestic Imperfection

After:

Coffee table makeover with stained Union Jack design on top from Domestic Imperfection

Coffee table with stained Union Jack design on top from Domestic Imperfection


Before:

Coffee table makeover from The Painted Hive - before

After:

Coffee table makeover from The Painted Hive - stained top with white painted and distressed base

Painted and distressed coffee table with stained top from The Painted Hive


Before:

Coffee table makeover from Dear Lillie - before

After:

Coffee table makeover from Dear Lillie - after - light blue distressed finish with stained top

Light blue painted coffee table with stained top from Dear Lillie


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After:

Ikea coffee table makeover with wallpaper and nailheads from Pretty City Things

Ikea coffee table makeover with wallpaper and nailheads from Pretty City Things


Before:

Coffee table makeover from Pink Postcard - before

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Coffee table makeover from Pink Postcard - after - painted white round coffee table with nail head trim accent

Painted round coffee table with nailhead trim accent from Pink Postcard


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Coffee table makeover from Rachel Bishop Designs - before

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Coffee table makeover from Rachel Bishop Designs - after - stained base with white painted top

Stained coffee table with painted white top from Rachel Bishop Designs


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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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela Flanders
    July 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Love it! I always re-purpose things before buying new.

  • Reply
    Mel
    July 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.

    http://www.junkinjunky.blogspot.ca/2012/02/ooh-la-la-frenchie-claw-foot-coffee.html

    http://www.junkinjunky.blogspot.ca/2011/08/my-new-coffee-table.html

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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.

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        Mel
        July 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 🙂

  • Reply
    Gina
    July 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

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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!

  • Reply
    Suzan
    July 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Here’s a few of mine, ( you asked for it – you got it – lol )
    http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.ca/2012/06/its-5-oclock-somewhere.html
    http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.ca/2012/07/tea-for-one-one-for-tea.html
    http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.ca/2012/06/backgammonanyone.html
    http://suzyq-vintagous.blogspot.ca/2012/02/copycat-my-new-nickname.html
    some aren’t exactly coffee tables but…………………..
    Have a great one!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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. 🙂

  • Reply
    Gina
    July 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

  • Reply
    Gina
    July 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

    • Reply
      Gina
      July 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Oops. Sorry I posted multiple times. It said it wasn’t working but I guess it was.

  • Reply
    Lizzie @ Pretty City Things
    July 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Kristi,
    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
    Thanks!
    Lizzie

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Oops! I had the pictures linked, but forgot to link the description. Sorry about that!

      • Reply
        Lizzie @ Pretty City Things
        July 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm

        Sorry – should’ve checked the pictures! Thanks so much for adding one in the description too though! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    July 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.

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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.

  • Reply
    Jessica
    July 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!

  • Reply
    Bliss
    July 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!

    ~Bliss~

  • Reply
    arod
    July 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    those are some great transformations if your looking for 1 more (you asked hee hee)
    http://www.makinmyaptahome.com/2012/06/checkers-anyone-ze-coffee-table-iz-done.html

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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!

      • Reply
        arod
        July 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

        i also used that paint to stencil a wall it shines really nice on a wall

  • Reply
    Becca
    July 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! :/
    http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2012/05/vintage-wine-crate-coffee-table.html
    Trying to come up with a few ideas for a matching side table or console table….

    Thanks for letting us share Kristi!

  • Reply
    Jasanna
    July 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! 🙂

    http://munchtalk.blogspot.com/

  • Reply
    Liz Marie
    July 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/

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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…

  • Reply
    Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist
    July 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

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      July 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!

  • Reply
    Christine from Decorated Life
    July 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Great ideas to makeover a coffee table! From humble to honorary! These look great!

  • Reply
    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. […]

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    Cassandra
    November 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?

  • Reply
    Wendy Gurley
    January 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…

    • Reply
      Kristi Linauer
      January 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      Of course you could! I’ve seen it done several times. 🙂

  • Reply
    Rani
    April 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.

  • Reply
    Kim H
    August 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!

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    [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 😉

  • Reply
    lacey
    December 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

  • Reply
    Hello I Live Here - Linda
    January 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Hi Kristi:

    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

  • Reply
    Sean
    April 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!

  • Reply
    Maggie
    April 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:

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    April 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.

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