Wood Coffee Table Makeover: Before & After

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Wood Coffee Table Makeover: Before & After
Wood Coffee Table Makeover: Before & After

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.

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.


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.

Before cutting off the Queen Anne wood legs on this coffee table, I inspected the structure underneath to make certain that it would work out as I planned. This coffee table makeover is going to be a challenge. See the before and after and how it looks now.

Using a framing square (or any straight edge will do), established a straight line around the base of the coffee table just below where it is secured to the coffee tabletop. After cutting away the old legs, it's ready to attach the mew modern legs for a fantastic update.

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.

Wood Coffee Table Makeover: Before & After

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.

Learn how I cut off the legs on a wood coffee table and added new ones. Before and after coffee table makeover.

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.

This coffee table makeover is getting a fresh, clean look with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint.

This coffee table makeover is getting a fresh, clean look with Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint. You got see the before and after!

I used white wax to preserve the natural look on the coffee table top. It's the best way I know to keep the wood light and bright.

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

The Results Of The Coffee Table Makeover: Before And After

I learned a lot with this coffee table makeover.  The old legs were cut away and the new modern legs were installed. Fresh paint and industrial hardware was installed. You got to see the before to appreciate the transformation.

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



  1. Do! Your vision for this is amazing! I love the transformation. Perfect! And unique. I’m
    in love with it!

  2. I do want to change the legs on a piece that I am working on. I want to do something like the Queen Anne legs you removed to do on a TV armoire I have in the works. Your project was so informative and helpful getting me to that goal. Thanks you Do!

    1. You are welcome, Frances! I hope you join me on my other blogs to learn more about DIY and furniture refurbishing. Good luck with your project. I’d love to see pics. You can email them to me at [email protected]
      Have a great week! πŸ™‚ xo

    1. Thank you, Deborah. After years of doing this, I don’t expect every project to be amazing. That allows me to create without stress and have fun. Thanks for joining me on the blog. πŸ™‚ xo

  3. Also, you are lucky to have a husband that brings stuff home to you!! Mine would never do that!!! He cringes every time I come home with “stuff”. He says “where will you put that?” There is really no room for any more stuff in our garage.

    1. Well, it hasn’t always been that way. Maybe I should write a blog on how I got started in this business and the negatives I had to deal with before I became successful. πŸ™‚

  4. Love the creativity! My question is… you’re going to use gator hide over the wax??? I’m confused as I thought the β€œ rule” was to always use the sealer before he wax. I’m new to this so I’d love to clarify. Maybe I have it backwards!

    1. Hi Denise, This is true with most products, but if Dixie Belles wax is fully cured, it can be painted or top-coated over. I’ve done it many times with great success. The trick is when I use the wax; it’s strictly for color enhancement. I don’t put a super thick coat on. Always test products first before layering them.

  5. You really changed the whole look of this piece Do! It’s going to make a great game table for your grandchildren! 😊 Pinned!

  6. This is an amazing transformation! I haven’t seen this before, and now I’m ready to save even more pieces! You always impress me!!

  7. Love this transformation. Would love to have seen photos of how you trimmed top. Need to find some of these legs. Source?

  8. Do, this coffee table turned out amazing. I love how you cut off the bottom to take it from French Country to Modern Farmhouse. As simple as changing out the legs made a big impact. Beautiful job!

    I love the color selection too. It was great to see the Oyster on your piece. I am about to use Oyster on my kitchen table. It was so tough to decide what color to go with. Now that I saw it on your coffee table, I know it was the right choice.

    P.S. that coffee table would look nice in my family room.

  9. You have an amazing eye for your creative transformations! You envision it and then do it! Your how-to instructions are so helpful, and you give encouragement to those of us who continue to learn by doing. I always look forward to your new creations. Keep those creative juices flowing!

  10. Good morning! Just wanted to let you know that I do read the majority of your wonderful posts and am not sure why it shows I haven’t taken a peak. Your posts are the highlight of my week. You put a smile on my face and give me many ideas for doing my own diy projects or furniture redos. Thanks for being so brilliant!

    1. Hi Catharine. Emails can be tricky, and the best way not to miss a post is to open all my emails as soon as you see them, or they may get stuck in a SPAM file. I’m so happy you are enjoying my DIY projects. Have a great week. πŸ™‚ xo

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