Friday, April 10, 2009

Transforming a Goodwill coffee table

Remember this find from a few days ago? A steal for $24.99 at Goodwill!

Here she is, in all her glory! I removed the knob and replaced it with an extra I had from our kitchen:
When I sanded it down I was beyond thrilled to find out it is REAL wood. Not laminate or veneer. Real knots in the wood and everything:I didn't poly the table, because being real wood, any scratches or nicks will add to the character. I love the dents all over the top: I distressed the edges. Distressing stresses me OUT. Seriously. Spending that much time painting and then messing it all up?? Wow, it really messes with me. But it is worth it:


I felt like I was doing a photo shoot, I was taking so many pictures...YEAH BABY! YEAAAHHHHH...
I almost painted it chocolate brown, but there was too much of that going on in the room. I decided to pick up on some of the accessories and go with the black:
It pulls in the black from the chest on the sofa table, the lamp, and the kitty. Oh. Wait, not the kitty.

Just a refresher on painting furniture:
You don't have to sand, but it never hurts.
Primer is mandatory. MANDATORY. Unless you are painting bare wood.
Letting the primer cure (dry) for the recommended time is key. I cannot stress that enough.
You can get your primer tinted to the color of your paint (great with black or red).
I use a foam roller to paint all my furniture (angled brush for the detailed areas).
Letting each coat of paint dry for the recommended time is also important.
Sometimes I use poly over furniture but most of the time I don't. Poly leaves roller marks that drive me nutty! (Any suggestions for that?)
Let the furniture cure for up to a couple weeks (sometimes more, sometimes less) before you put anything on it, like accessories.

Have a great weekend! (OH, and I'll tell you the New Kid's story soon. Just so you know...Joey was SUPER sweet!)

99 comments:

  1. Wish I would have read this months ago before I painted my desk...should have used primer and waited to put my stuff on top. Now it is peeling under the accessories! Your table looks great! Why cant I ever find anything that good at Goodwill?

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  2. Awesome job and the distressing was worth the stress!

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  3. Wow! That turned out awesome.

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  4. Looks wonderful. Thanks for the painting tips.

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  5. WOW, girl, you work fast! It looks fantastic!!! :) Love the color you chose. :)

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  6. Holy crapola, what a great transformation! And an added bonus that it was real wood! It looks beyond great and the distressing, although tramatizing, is a great touch. Love the cat!

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  7. Great refinishing job! This room is really coming together.

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  8. What a GREAT find.... amazing price! And you did such a great job on it. YOu could put me out of business! Jennifer

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  9. Looks great! The whole room looks great! A big change with little change really. I am still waiting on how you did the sofa table behind the couch! I really need one! Great Job! It looks wonderful!

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  10. Ooohhhh. what a great goodwill find! Love what you did! Jen

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  11. The cat was a nice touch, hahaha

    Thanks for the painting tips! Will be moving into my own place soon and am getting alot of furniture from home and I would like to streamline them and look put together at least.

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  12. It looks great! Seriously, that table would've been at least $50 at my Goodwill. I was there today and there were a couple coffee tables, not as nice as that, for $50-60.

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  13. What a beautiful job. I love the black color. It just turned out gorgeous. You do such a great job and just the right amount of distressing. Hugs, Marty

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  14. That looks really nice and classy. The new knob and the color completely change it. In the top photos it doesn't look really black..so I guess bottom line, it's not a stark black, kind of soft, and it looks wonderful in your room.

    You have such a fun blog.

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  15. What a bargain you got! If the original owners could see it now, they would hate that they let it go! You did a great job on it...bet you'll use it for years! :)

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  16. Turned out great! I have a dresser that I want to restain, just waiting on more spare time. I've restained kitchen cabinets before, but never furniture. Great job.

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  17. I love it! It turned out great! Don't you just love thrift stores? Meeeee too!

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  18. I do love it! ~Wonderful job!

    Soooo glad you went with Black. It's very elegant yet hip.

    Have a fabulous Easter weekend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  19. It looks fantastic! I have an amazin 5 piece solid wood bedroom set that I got on our local online classifieds for $120! In perfect condition as far as sturdiness and drawers working and all that, but I want to paint it.

    I'm terrified...how'd you like to take a trip to the Mountain West and come do a whole bedroom set for my little girls room????

    Love me some JOEY!!

    Xazmin

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  20. Great Table! Try foam brushs for putting poly on. Check the foam though because they have cheaper foam that has more holes in in and it doesn't do as nice of a job. Harbor Freight has some good ones, buy the ones with wooden handles the platic ones with red handles don't work as well (more holes in foam). Love your work!

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  21. What a great deal and great job! For the poly, I use a large foam brush or paint brush - it allows you to put it on thick so that it settles and dries flat - moving quickly is the key I think. I'm loving the couch table behind your couch - never thought of that.

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  22. Beautiful job - I thought it was a hunter green at first. Love the distressing too!

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  23. Delurking...Love LOVE your site. I am getting so many good ideas.

    I thought the table was green as well. But black makes more sense and is classier for sure.

    What kind of paint did/do you use to paint furniture? I was prepared to read that you spray painted this. And I was thinking that you could try spray poly to get a brush-less finish.

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  24. Oh, and a Q for you.

    I am looking for big chunky wood/mdf letters in various sizes and fonts to finish myself and hang on a wall. I have looked around online a little for them, but they can be quite pricy. Do you have any thoughts on a good (read, ahem, CHEAP) place to get them? Thanks!

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  25. Your table looks great! I love the color. Distressing stresses me out too, but adds so much character to the piece.

    Great job!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  26. Fabulous job! It looks gorgeous!!!

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  27. I found your blog, linked your blog to my blog and even posted about your blog. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  28. The result is amazing!Thanks for the tips...I will use them in the future.

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  29. It looks fantastic!! I think painting the table black anchors the room and completes it! I know what you mean on the distressing. But as I mentioned in my last post on distressed, with all my boys it keeps me from being stressed! lol. I agree with you on not needing to add a poly with it being real wood...the more nicks and chips,the more character it adds! What a great find!!

    Hugs to you and Happy Easter!
    ~Victoria~

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  30. I went to a couple of Goodwill stores yesterday and the day before and they NEVER have good furniture. And the bad stuff they have is at least double what you paid... yeah, I'm jealous.

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  31. The table looks fantasti. Great tips for furniture painting. Seems I learn by trial/error or mistakes!

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  32. That looks awesome! Great job!

    Thanks for the painting tips, too! Man have I made my share of mistakes!

    Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

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  33. Thanks once again for another great tip ! I love your coffee
    table - I wanna steal it...hee hee
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  34. Love it! It's amazing what paint can do! Have a great weekend.

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  35. Your table turned out fabulous! If the former owner could see it now, he/she would be kicking himself! By the way, what color black did you use? Silly question, but there are a million blacks and that was pretty. Was it satin? Linda

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  36. the table looks perfect. although, so does the pee cat! :)
    how long does the sanding take??? I have never sanded my stuff down first to paint it~
    Hope you have a great weekend with your family.

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  37. Thrift store table?...no I don't remember that. Oh wait...you mean the table you found by the side of the road. I see. Ha!

    I love how the table turned out. It looks sooo good! Also, this is the first time I've heard someone say that the distressing makes them nervous. THANK YOU! I feel the exact same way.

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  38. Great job! You took an okay table and turned it into one worth hundreds. Well worth the effort in my opinion.
    Happy Easter

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  39. Sarah, it looks wonderful. You did a great job!

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  40. Wow! It looks gorgeous! It looks like it belongs in a catalog! Great job!

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  41. Wow! $24.99 for a beautiful new table! Love how it turned out!

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  42. I just have to say that I LOVE your blog! I spy on it often. :) I copied your pantry idea and now have bought out every local Wal-Mart's glass jars (because they were on sale! And we use gluten free flours--so we needed a lot!). I've been looking for wooden rulers and have the chalkboard paint! You have inspired me A TON! Thanks for sharing your great ideas here! :) :)

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  43. That looks so good! Thank you so much for posting this...I've had a table from the thrift store for a few months and just didn't want to sand the WHOLE thing...now I know I don't have to - whew! Going to follow you're tips and paint it now!

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  44. That looks so good! Thank you so much for posting this...I've had a table from the thrift store for a few months and just didn't want to sand the WHOLE thing...now I know I don't have to - whew! Going to follow you're tips and paint it now!

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  45. Wow! What a great transformation! Looks great.

    Sheryl

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  46. Awesome table! So beautiful, I cannot wait to experiment with a project of my own! To the person who said that would of been a $50 table at their Goodwill. It would have been about a $10 table at mine! lol It's crazy how stores are soo different throughout the country! lol
    Totally worth it! Your table now looks like a table worth hundreds! Great job and thanks for the inspiration!

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  47. this really looks great. I would NEVER be able to guess it was from goodwill.

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  48. Hi Sarah, I love how you did the coffee table, great job.

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  49. I love what you did! My Goodwill NEVER has stuff like that! I'll just have to be patient!

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  50. Wow, what a bargain. It looks fantastic!

    Can't wait to hear the NKOTB story. I'm glad to hear Joey was sweet, because he was my favorite. : )

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  51. It looks gorgeous now! Did you add the drawer look on it too?

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  52. That looks great! I know the truth of what you say about priming and letting each coat dry before beginning the next, but I am THE WORST about getting so excited to get a project finished that I almost always charge ahead, cutting corners on that stuff. I'm always sorry afterward, of course, though I've never had anything turn out truly dreadful as a result. It is sobering to see what lovely results can be achieved with patience! :)

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  53. I hate seeing these pics. lol I had the same exact table and sold it at a yard sale last year. You made the table look so cute!!

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  54. this looks so good...i wanna paint mine now...thanks for the tips!
    kristen

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  55. Great transformation! And such a steal - I'm so jealous :)

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  56. It looks great!!! And thanks for the tips. I'm glad you went with black.

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  57. Looks mahhhhvelous! See I am the opposite...i sand like a mother and don't put primer on. I feel like if i put primer on it is harder to distress it. but i have a love relationship with my sander so that could be why also ;-)

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  58. Love the black. You did a great job.

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  59. Ack, you like Glenn Beck too?! How cool is that...it is very rare that I find someone in my age bracket that also likes him. :) I got to "meet" him back in December at a signing for his new book. He was so nice to everyone!! :) So glad you stopped by my blog. I'm leaving the giveaway open until noon on Monday, and then announcing the winner on Tuesday morning. :)

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  60. If you want a sealer without roller marks get spray lacquer. It does a great job! The coffee table is lovely all black and distressed.

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  61. Absolutely fabulous, and am I surprised? Of course not. :)

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  62. Thanks for the fabulous painting tips. I had no idea you could get primer tinted.

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  63. Hi! don't ya just love turning someone's trash into a treasure!
    You did a great job!
    Have you ever tried pouncing the paint on (like stenciling)? I've just used a regular paint brush! Works great especially on table legs, and no brush mark worries!

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  64. Wont the roller leave marks as well? I've never painted furniture. I'm way too scared. I have a hideous oak table that I've been dying to paint, but I'm afraid I'm going to make it look worse.

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  65. Holy cow, that looks amazing!! Great job Sarah!

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  66. It looks amazing! You have totally inspired me to find things to paint. I do have a few find from the thrift store waiting for spray paint. I just have to find the time. Sigh...

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  67. Another great project! I just love to see these found treasures get transformed with paint. You know how I love a good paint story.

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  68. Love how it turned out- it looks great!

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  69. Another great project... thanks for sharing!

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  70. I have a table that could be your table's cousin. I was thinking of giving it away 'cause I was getting tired of it, but I think I may repaint it instead. Your post gives me the courage to actually try. Why not? If I completely botch it up it will be okay 'cause I was gonna get rid of it anyway!

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  71. You're amazing! I love love love that table. Love. It.

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  72. Wow! Your table came out great. I leave off the poly on furniture too, love the "natural" distressing at my house.

    ~Misti

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  73. Oh I love it! The painting tips are wonderful as well. I'm a cutting corners kinda girl and usually regret it. Isn't it wonderful to find real wood? I'm going junking this weekend for sure!

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  74. This looks so good. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  75. GORGEOUS coffee table! You did a wonderful job! We will be making your $20 sofa table this weekend! :) Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  76. Ohhh BEAUTIFUL!!!! What a great find!!!!!

    xoxoxoxo

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  77. What a change a little black paint can do!!!

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  78. LOVE it! I too have a hard time distressing anything; but I love that look.

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  79. Sarah,
    I love it and am very happy to find your blog...I've got to do some snoopin' around this place! What did you do to your wall behind the sofa? Is it just paint and trim? Looks great. Oh, and I usually distress everything and had every intention of distressing the blue cabinets, but after all that work, I'm not sure I have it in me!

    Thanks so much for joining us!

    Hugs and blessings,
    edie

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  80. First time to your blog and I just love it. I may have to hang out for awhile. Oh, I guess I can stop back :)

    What a great find at the Goodwill. You did a wonderful job transforming it. It goes very well with your decor.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  81. I love your posts! You're so funny. Is it weird to post a comment months after you make the post? I just saw your coffee table and it looks like its the sister to my sofa table :) If you want to see it, its the first thing on my blog.

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  82. I know this is an older post, but I wanted to suggest wipe on poly if you haven't discovered it already. I found some at Home Depot. Easy peasy, and no roller marks!

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  83. LOVE IT, thanks for sharing how "how-to"!

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  84. There is a product marketed to eliminate brush strokes from paint/poly. The brand names I know are Flotrol and Penetrol. One is for oil-based and the other for water-based, just can't remember which. I've used them both with great results. They were recommended to me by my professional wood-working father

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  85. I know I am late to the party...but I have been keeping your coffee table paint job in mind for my living room. I just blogged about it as inspiration here:
    http://thethriftress.blogspot.com/2010/02/living-room-love.html
    Thanks!
    Sarah

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  86. That's a very nice find. Wish the Goodwills around here had quality coffee tables. My wife found a kitchen table for only $45 and redid it. But I'm still on the search for coffee tables and end tables. Great story and illustration!

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  87. OMG Sarah I found this exact same coffee table at Goodwill and painted mine black and then I saw that you had it and I was like OMG! BUT I got mine for....FIVE DOLLARS!

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  88. Getting ready to paint some laminate bookcases (they were a trash pick find, nothing special, but sized perfectly) so appreciate your tips on the liquid sand paper and primer.

    Rather than the poly to seal off painted furniture, I like to paint with flat paint and then use butchers/bowling alley wax to give it a hard finish and a bit of sheen.

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  89. Wow, it's wonderful! I agree with you that the dents make its characteristics. I really Love it!

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  90. I have the same table and I was thinking of getting rid of it thanks to you I'm going to paint it. Thank you!! (Oh & I have the same sofa, haha)

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  91. It looks awesome! What paint finish did you use? flat? matte? satin?

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