The Third Look is a Charm ~ Rustic Coffee Table Makeover

A couple years back the hubster and myself found this coffee table on the side of the road. It was early fall as well as a Sunday, so of course this roadside find was what I like to call a "Yard Sale Casualty".
We really liked the shape of the table along with it's sturdy look. We brought it home and I painted the base in an antique white and the top in nutmeg. I also added a new drawer pull and I had my new table for less than $10.
I lived with it this way for the last two years, however after a while the top not only got a little banged up, but I really began to dislike the look of the top painted. As this does happen to me from time to time, my taste changes and currently I am leaning more towards the cozy farmhouse style with that beautiful rustic vibe.
So last week on a very sunny and dry day, I took my coffee table out back and sanded down the top. Then I applied Minwax in a dark walnut tone.
 After the Minwax had dried I applied Rust-oleum clear matte spray finish. Here is my end result.
I really do love the rich dark look of the finished top and I think this will hold up much better than the paint did. The wood surface on the sides picked up the stain unevenly but I think that is what I like best about how it came out. Very rustic!
Now I am rethinking my end tables...they could very possibly be in for a makeover as well!
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  1. Love the new finish, I like the two tone look. Books in the basket is a great accent. xo

  2. Hey that looks good, I love the white on the bottom with the dark wood finish on top,,it is a classy finish..ironically I have my island done the same way. The bottom I painted white and distressed with a black and the top is recycled wood from my horse barn. The finish sealer is called Waterlox. If you haven't tried it,,it requires a great deal of dry time and ventilation. but the end result is water proof wood counter tops.

  3. Love this idea of two tones...
    I have a coffee table that needs an uplift. But I think I'll wait for the warmer weather. Or then again.....

  4. Great makeover, Barbara- It looks wonderful. I like the way it turned out- xo Diana

  5. What a huge transformation!I love this coffee table... and the top is toasty and very farmhouse looking! Great job, Barb!

  6. I love the rustic look to the top of the coffee table! I'm like you... I also love to change things up too! Great job!
    dee dee

  7. I really like the new farmhouse look of your coffee table. You did a great job!!
    Mary Alice

  8. Love the update to the top of the table. Great idea!

  9. great work and nice finishing thanks for sharing see more

  10. It turned out great! I'm waiting for some warm weather to do something similar with our kitchen table!

  11. I like Rustic Coffee Table, it is very simple and classic. You are very creative;)

  12. I really love your design I am gonna get them for sure, nice, color-full and creative one.

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