It’s not uncommon for my hubby to bring home a roadside rescue as a gift. He knows me all too well. But sometimes, I think he believes in me more than I do myself. Surrrrrre, bring me all the BROKEN, ugly furniture. Is it free, right? But this square wooden coffee table makeover was, let’s say, a bit of a challenge—nothing new here. Modern farmhouse vibes are coming your way!
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Wood Coffee Table Makeover: Before & After
Solid hard rock maple! The wood was gorgeous, but I just couldn’t with the Queen Anne legs. I had seen a few other furniture flippers do this, so I thought I’d give it my best shot. So, I grabbed a few tools and dug right in with this coffee table makeover.
- wood coffee table
- circular saw with laser guide
- safety goggles
- framing square
- carpenters pencil
- SurfPrep Sanding System (use my discount code DOIT10 and save10%)
- white best dang wax
- wax brush
- oyster Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
- pristine clean (cleaner for wood before painting)
- scarlet paintbrush
- black industrial furniture legs
- black label holder pulls
Modification: Coffe Table Makeover
Off with her head! Or should I say off with her legs? This coffee table will be getting a modern, farmhouse industrial look with black metal legs.
Removing the legs is not as hard as it sounds. The first thing you will need to do is establish whether the legs can be removed (cutaway) without causing structural issues with your furniture piece. The best way to do this is to inspect the underside to see how it was constructed.
Using a framing square (or any straight edge will do), I established a straight line around the base of the coffee table just below where it was secured to the tabletop.
Make sure that you are free from any screws, nails, or hardware before you begin cutting away the legs.
Once marking off the line, start by cutting at one end and working your way around the base with a laser-guided circular saw. The laser guide helps a lot with a straight cut. I also cut away the decorative skirting to give this coffee table makeover a clean look.
Keeping the lines straight is essential for two reasons. The first is being it’s visually pleasing. The second is that you’ll need a straight and flat base to attach the new legs.
Safety Disclaimer: DO NOT operate electric tools such as a circular saw without having proper supervision and proper safety gear. I care about your safety.
Installing New Legs On The Coffee Table
After removing the wood legs, you will need to smooth any rough areas made by the circular saw with an electric sander. This wood coffee table is taking on a new look, and I like it.
And don’t forget to save the old legs for another project.
Oh, I got all excited after removing the legs and forgot to take pictures of the top edge of the coffee table.
Yep, I cut it off too!
I chose adjustable legs for this coffee table makeover because they can easily be leveled with a simple twist. No wobbly tables for me. I had these bad boys on in just a few minutes. Quick and easy.
Before Painting Wood Furniture
After the reconstruction, I gave the wood coffee table a quick scuff sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. Always clean the surface before painting with Pristine Clean to remove the dust and grime.
I chose to use Oyster Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint for this coffee table makeover. It has a built-in stain blocker and topcoat, and it covers like a dream. Two coats are recommended for durability.
And to finish off the wood top, I added a white wax to lighten and brighten the wood while giving it protection. This is the best way to preserve that natural wood look without darkening the wood.
I plan on going back and adding a coat of Gator Hide in about 30 days after the wax has had ample time to cure for extra durability. All Dixie Belle paint products can be used interchangeably together.
The Results Of The Coffee Table Makeover
I think I found a new game table for my Grands! I didn’t know until after completing this coffee table makeover it was the perfect height to use with my new poufs. Fun stuff! Gosh, I love what I do.
So, what do you think about chopping off the legs on furniture? Would you try this, or have you done this already? I’d love to hear from you. Or say hello in the comment section, so I’ll know you visited me here. Thanks for joining me!
Until the next project… xo, Do