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Distressed Coffee Table

Shabby Chic Coffee Table

Deal of the Week Alert! Or maybe this could be considered deal of the month…its that good! Can you believe we snagged this coffee table for only $5!

shabby chic transformation

I couldn’t either…especially since it was a very solid piece and was put up on an online auction. I definitely thought there would be more interest in this particular piece and that there would be a risk of losing it if it went higher than my budget. I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong! But I guess it isn’t very pretty is it…

shabby chic painted coffee table

Because my husband and I have a rental as well as hand-me-down furniture still, the design plan was to go neutral, however, I still wanted to put a bit of character into it. Therefore I decided to go with a distressed look.

Luckily the table itself didn’t need much fixing at all (surprised again that this wasn’t more expensive…) All it needed was to tighten up the screws for the legs and voila! done. I did sand down the entire piece though as well. The top was sanded with the electric sander to get the shallow scratches off as well as the water rings.

painted coffee table

The legs of this particular coffee table were painted a dark green, and because I didn’t want to sand or strip all of that paint off I decided to paint the table with Annie Sloan’s “French Linen” which is a grayish color, as the base coat. I applied two coats of this color since I knew I wanted to distress the top color for the French Linen to show through, but I didn’t want to allow any of that green to show!

painted coffee table

Next I painted one coat of Annie Sloan’s Old White over the top of the French Linen. Applying only one coat of the Old White was perfect because it allowed the French Linen to show through a bit, especially on the table top. Which means less sanding for me to distress it!

After all those layers of paint, it was time to distress the table for the look I wanted. Using a fine grit sanding block I sanded the entire piece to distress it. I focused on the table top corners and edges and distressed a bit more on those areas and less in the middle. For the legs and aprons I again focused mainly on the edges, but to make it look more cohesive I did distress some areas in the middle of the aprons, the drawer front, as well as the length of the rounded part of the legs.

shabby chic

The last step was just to seal it with Polycrylic. Normally I like wax on chalk paint because it really gives it a nice matte sheen, however, I like the added protection a polycrylic gives a piece. I applied 4 coats to the table top and 2 on the legs.

painted coffee table


This table is now the perfect “new” piece for our living room! It is a lot sturdier than our last table and has a nice drawer we can hide our notebooks, pens and other unnecessary items that need to be hidden!

painted coffee table

A new drawer pull was also added to elevate and completely transform this piece.

shabby chic table

Shabby Chic Table

I’m very happy with the way our table turned out and I know I did a good job when my husband compliments and loves the piece as much as I do! 😉 I’m slowly turning him into a furniture fanatic like me!KristenSig


Linking with: Dishing It and Digging It, The Creative Corner, The Creative Gallery,

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  • Reply
    September 12, 2016 at 10:15 am

    I’m a huge fan of polycrylic even when using chalk paint. Especially if the table has any chance of coming in contact with liquid or food. I LOVE your makeover, pretty color and the distressing is just right!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      September 12, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      I totally agree, and love using poly for the pieces that are high traffic spots! Thank you so much for visiting Audra! So glad you liked it 🙂

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    Grandmas House DIY
    September 14, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This is SO pretty! I love the combo and it has a lovely blue undertone! And I also wanted to mention that the Wednesday “To Grandma’s House We Go” link party just started over at grandmashousediy.com and I thought you might be interested in joining it, thanks!

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    Linda Primmer
    September 16, 2016 at 9:07 am

    What a lovely transformation. Love how it turned out. I am inspired. Thanks so much for sharing at DI&DI.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      September 16, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words 🙂 We love sharing at DI&DI!

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    September 20, 2016 at 8:24 am

    This is such a perfect example of how the power of paint can transform anything. The piece was tired before and in ineed of a refresh and that is exactly what you did! Great job and I like that you painted it grey underneath to give it coverage and let the grey peek thru. Pinning and sharing

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      Kristen & Vicki
      September 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much Mary!! This piece is now the perfect addition to our living room! A little paint always does wonders!

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    September 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

    It looks gorgeous. I love the pull on the drawer! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. — Emily

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    September 28, 2016 at 2:59 am

    What a beautiful job you’ve done girls. That’s one solid coffee table and one that would last a life time. Thanks so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays last week. I’m featuring your post at tomorrow’s party. Thanks for popping by.


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      Kristen & Vicki
      September 30, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks so much for the Feature Anne! We will be sharing the party 🙂

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    October 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    What a deal! And your transformed table is so pretty! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      October 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thank Emily! It was an amazing deal! Thank you for visiting 🙂

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    [email protected]
    November 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Great transformation! Thank you for joining Monday Social.

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    Brenda Young
    December 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    What a score of a find! I would have grabbed that in a heartbeat, what a difference a little paint can make to freshen up an old piece that’s seen better days, thanks for sharing at Friday’s Furniture Fix!

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      Kristen & Vicki
      December 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much Brenda! I was so surprised at the price we got this for!

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    March 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Finding the original pieces for a price worth paying is a skill. Congratulations. All coffee tables should come with some sort of storage space. They use up a fair amount of floor space and an extra drawer is always handy to have.

    I am currently working painting a desk with chalk paint. From reading your article I will use poly instead of wax because the desk will be seeing countless cups of coffee. Thank you for the advice.

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      Kristen & Vicki
      March 22, 2017 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Leanna! Yea we use poly quite a lot just for that reason! My coffee table does get a lot of coffee rings too, but it wipes right off from the poly! Make sure to use 3-4 coats and good luck! 🙂

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