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Refreshing a Farmhouse Style Coffee Table

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I’m easing my way into this New Year. You know when you’re feeling creative and you want to do something, but you don’t have the energy to do something major? Ya. That’s how I was feeling about this project.

Earlier this week, I shared our vision for our new Family Room Design Plan. We are going for a blend of metallics, wood, whites, blues and soft beiges and greys. I’m completely, completely giddy about finally landing on a plan that we both love and want to see through.

I’m giddy – but I’m still easing my way into full blown bloggy mode 😛 

So my first DIY is a simple one!

Refreshing a farmhouse style coffee table that we’ve had for a couple years.

We bought it at a local flea market because we loved the feel of it, but we never really liked the yellow tone of the painted wood. Now that we’ve settled on bright whites for our home, it just stuck out like a sore thumb.

Farmhouse Coffee Table BEFORE

It’s quite large and we expect that it will dominate our family room. We debated going with something smaller and more modular.

Farmhouse Coffee Table BEFORE country yellow

BUT we eat take-out at least once a week and this table can fit two plates, two glasses of wine and a pizza box. So – functionality for the win!

Our inspiration piece was a marble topped Pottery Barn table. We like it more for its colours and form, rather than its materials. We never intended to fake a marble coffee table in our casual room.DIY Whitewash and dark wood coffee table

I turned to PARA Paints’ Black Walnut for the base. Since my wood was already painted and treated, it was easier to just re-paint rather than completely sand and re-stain. I used a bit of an odd technique to maintain the look of wood. I did my first coat with a stiff bristle brush (normally, I’d never do that) and then the second and third coats were with a 2″ foam brush.Farmhouse Table Refresh

Then I simply used a slightly wet brush and some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White to finish off the top.Whitewash plank table

That’s it! I told you this was easy 🙂 As soon as I put it back into the family room, it looked like it was always supposed to be this way. I’m trying not to give too much away in these shots; but trust me, this room is really coming together. More to come soon – including how we redid that awesome wall you see in the background 🙂 Vintage Farmhouse Coffee Table

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Wednesday 3rd of January 2018

Are those floors the plywood ones you installed?

Amy | Canary Street Crafts

Sunday 24th of January 2016

So pretty! Can't wait to see the whole room!

Sarah @ Little Red Brick House

Tuesday 12th of January 2016

It's so gorgeous, Erin! Can't wait to see the full room reveal! :)


Monday 11th of January 2016


Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

Saturday 9th of January 2016

I *need* this coffee table for our front porch! It would look awesome between the rocking chairs we already have. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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