Coffee Table UpCycle

Coffee Table Up-Cycle

Shabby Chic is so easy to have in your own home! This was my very first furniture flip!

Here’s what the coffee table looked like when I found it.


What you’ll need:

  • A Sander (or a drill with a sander attachment)
  • Sander sponge (for distressing, if desired)
  • Chalk paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Fabric pattern of your choosing
  • Mod Podge Glue
  • box cutter or scissors
  • Finishing wax

First you’ll need to sand off the finish, exposing the raw wood. If you’re having a difficult time doing this, there are finish removers that you can pick up from Home Depot for relatively cheap.

With a damp paper towel remove any lingering dust. Make sure the table is clean so the chalk paint goes on smoothly.

Once the surface is clean, you’re ready to paint! I used 3 coats of paint and let each layer dry about 45 mins between coats.

Chalk paint can be really expensive. Check out a home-made recipe here.

I let the final coat of paint rest overnight. When it’s completely dry, use the sander sponge to distress as desired.

Take the fabric and stretch it over the area you would like to cover. It helps to tape it down so you can get an accurate measurement of the area you will need. You can outline the area you want to cut or use a box cutter right on the spot.

Put down a thick layer of Mod Podge over the area the fabric will be placed. You’ll need to work quickly, this dries fast! Place the fabric over the layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to pull the fabric tight and push out any wrinkles. Once you’re satisfied with the way its positioned, add two more layers of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to seal it in.

After the fabric is set and completely dried, go back and apply a generous coat of wax on the wood to protect it against stains and promote durability.


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