Furniture Makeovers

Farmhouse Coffee Table Makeover

Farmhouse Table - Renewed with a wax top, chalk paint body, and galvanized containers |

I’ve really been looking forward to the DIY Furniture Girls March Challenge.  If you recall, I’m a full-on traditional girl.  Not so much because I WANT to be traditional, but it’s just the life God gave me.  Traditional.  1990’s brick.  Yellow-orange oak hardwoods.  Huuuum. Yea.  By today’s decor popularity standards…….it’s a real
snooze fest.

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Well, it’s OK.  And, for the long-term, I can work with that.  But, for this month, however brief be the moment in time, I get to shake off that boring traditional girl image….and live a decor dream in the super-fabulous farmhouse world.

Farmhouse chair and wreath |


OK. OK….maybe it’s not THAT dramatic, but it should be.  I mean, why not?  Don’t you ever get tired of your surroundings and wish you could be magically transported to another place and time?  Yea…….well since that really isn’t possible, I decided to do the next best thing…….to magically transport a piece of furniture from days gone by.

Farmhouse decor for Spring |

This coffee table is yet another rescue from inside my own house.  For the past 20-plus years, it has been in the basement with the boys and the pizzas and the colas and the video games.  When this challenge was announced, I knew it was just perfect for this little abused darlin.  And so, the updo of a life-time began.

REFRESH (not Refinish) the Top:

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about using beeswax to refresh dry, thirsty wood.  If you missed it and want to read about the product I used, you can catch the link here.  But, here’s the super-easy skinny about how the top went from dry, scratched, scarred, and circled … brand spanking new.

Farmhouse Table Top - Before and After |

To start, the top was thoroughly cleaned and dried.  I just used a little soap and water and immediately wiped away the dampness with a clean cloth.  After the table air-dried for a few hours, an all-natural furniture polish made from beeswax was applied. In the photo below (left), the before and after is pretty amazing.

Farmhouse Table Top - Getting a refresh with beeswax |

I just applied it with my hands and rubbed it into the wood like I was giving it a deep muscle massage.  Sounds crazy, but the heat from my hands and the friction from rubbing combined to thin out the wax so it could sink into the wood.  

Now, I won’t lie.  I rubbed for a while, y’all.  I mean, like 15-20 minutes.  The more I rubbed, the more the wax seemed to disappear into the wood. When I stopped, the top looked like the photo on the bottom (right).

Farmhouse Table with a basecoat of chalk paint |

After about a week, the top looked like this (photo below).  And does, in fact, still look just this good.  Yes, even with all of the use and abuse.  The wax, which cured to a matte finish, is holding up great.

Farmhouse Table Top - Still looks marvelous two months after being refreshed with beeswax |

REFINISH (not Refresh) the Bottom:

Now, about the bottom.  One coat of chalk paint that was made with latex paint and a chalk paint additive (link that reviews this product is here) was applied.

Farmhouse Table - Chalk paint sanded to create a heavy distress |

And then…… was distressed with 80-grit sandpaper.

Farmhouse Table - Add galvanized containers |

Yep, 80-grit sandpaper provided the deep distressing and was followed with a buff using 240-grit.  This combo came together to make the finish look rough, but feel totally smooth.

Farmhouse table with a waxed top and galvanized containers |

Add Some Farmhouse Bling:

Galvanized containers were added to the lower shelf…..

Farmhouse Table - A combo of waxed top and chalk painted bottom |

……And some pretties on the top.

Farmhouse Table - Renewed with a wax top, chalk paint body, and galvanized containers |

And this down-trodden little table was suddenly…..and magically transformed……from traditional drab to farmhouse fab.

Farmhouse Table - A trash to treasure using wax and chalk paint |

Thanks so much for visiting the DIY Furniture Girls March Challenge.

If you appreciate this easy makeover, I do hope you’ll share it with your friends.

Farmhouse Coffee Table Makeover |





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  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces March 24, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Love it, Susie! I almost bought a table just like that to rework, but the lady was asking to much. I love what you did with it and also love your timeless style. 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 7:18 am

      Thanks, Larissa. Yes, our dear table has a new look, but is back in business for the boys. LOL.

  • Reply My Creative Days March 24, 2016 at 7:32 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I love your project! You knocked it out of the park! Stunning!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Thanks so much. We are so happy to have the piece ready for the next 20-plus years.

  • Reply Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY) March 24, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Wow, that table doesn’t even look like the same piece anymore! You did an amazing job and it looks GORGEOUS!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Karin. We love our old pieces and are enjoying them in their new finishes.

  • Reply Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue March 24, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Holy cow, Susie, the table looks amazing! I LOVE the distressed finish on the bottom, and you know I am just a little addicted to galvanized metal. 😉 For a girl that doesn’t “do” farmhouse, you sure look like an expert to me!! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      LOL…Kimm…you crack me up. Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. Appreciate so much.

  • Reply Toni | March 24, 2016 at 9:47 am

    What a beautiful transformation Susie! I had a coffee table very similar until a few years ago. I should have given it this treatment. I love the two tone look of part paint part stain. Great job girl, you rocked it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks, Toni. This table is solid as a tank…It just needed a little TLC. LOL.

  • Reply 1915house March 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Susie, this table turned out fantastically!!!!! The wood came back to life and is absolutely stunning. Nicely done, sweet friend!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Sarah. Yes.. the abused and very thirsty wood came back to life. I wish I would have been running a video camera. It was amazing to see.

  • Reply Studio Paint Design March 24, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Such a great transformation Susie!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks, Maxine! Appreciate so much!

  • Reply Marie, The Interior Frugalista March 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Wow, now that’s using elbow grease! Quite the transformation Susie – well done.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, Marie. That’s right. Nothing fancy to see here, just old-fashioned elbow grease. LOL..

  • Reply Darrielle Tennenbaum March 24, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Great makeover-love the distressed and chippy finish!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks, Darrielle. I love the sweet chippy, too. I am thrilled to finally have a chippy piece. 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ Highstyle Restyle March 24, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Holy cow! That top looks brand new! Fantastic, classicly timeless makeover

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks, Amy. sanding…no priming…just a deep beeswax massage. LOL!!! Who knew?

  • Reply jeanettecountrydesignstyle March 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Wax is amazing! I love the look of the coffee table now! Great destruction on the bottom too.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks, Jeanette. You know that 80-grit sandpaper can surely put the hurt on a coat of chalk paint. LOL..:-)

  • Reply Wendi @ H2OBungalow March 24, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Stunning! Wow what a fabulous job! Off to read about your beeswax!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks, Wendi. I must admit, we’re loving this little table’s new look.

  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise March 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Wishing I had a table that I could do this technique on! And those galvanized bins… are you sure you’re not a country girl! I need to get me some beeswax furniture wax and hire you to write my blog posts! :0) xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thanks, Lucy!! LOL….you crack me up. Actually, I am a proud country girl, but my home decor just followed my mom…traditional.

  • Reply Paula@SweetPea March 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

    This looks like a totally different piece! I definitely want to check out Daddy Van’s wax as it looks like an amazing product. Isn’t it great to take something you already own and give it a new look and life?

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Paula. Yes! I LOVE to redo my own pieces. I’ll be painting and sanding one of them every month until I get through the house. LOL..

  • Reply Audra @ Renewed Projects March 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I am drooling over the distressed sides on your table. Beautiful job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Audra. It’s really easy to duplicate. It’d be fun to have twin tables. LOL..

  • Reply kimjonesfive March 25, 2016 at 10:09 am

    You are so far from boring, don’t believe that one little second. I am always amazed at your gifts. I can’t even believe the top wasn’t re-stained, it is gorgeous!!! And everything is styled so perfectly. Wish I could share coffee and put my feet up on your new table! Although I wouldn’t want to mess up such a great job!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, Kim. I truly wish you could come over, too. And, here…we kick off our shoes at the door, grab a sweet tea, plant our bottoms on the weathered bench (remember that redo??), and our feet up on this coffee table. The wax is holding up beautifully. It was the perfect fix.

  • Reply Michelle James March 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Wow!! Amazing. I love it and I want it! ! You nailed it. Great job.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle. My mom asked why I wanted to make my table look like I had gotten it out of the trash. And, since she’s the 1960s pin-up girl for traditional decor, you just gotta give her a little slack. LOL… But, when I heard her say that…I knew I had struck farmhouse gold. LOL.

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts March 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Gorgeous Makeover, Susie! Love the finish you got on the top.

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks, Amy. After I practiced on those bookends and saw the result….I just had a feeling that this furniture polish would be great on this beat-up table.

  • Reply Wanda @ Just Vintage March 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Gorgeous! So light and airy. I love everything about it! I wish I enjoyed redoing furniture. I get so inspired then remember I never finish those projects. 🙁

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      LOL….thanks, Wanda. I know just what you mean. If you need any proof that I, too, get inspired, but don’t always follow-through….look at my Pinterest account. #kindredspirits

  • Reply Mary-The Boondocks Blog March 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Gorgeous Susie! I can almost feel the buttery smoothness of the top!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks, Mary. It really is quite amazing. I’m so happy with the look and the durability. XOXO

  • Reply Sue at Blu March 25, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Great project! Love that beautifully restored top with the rustic aged bottom! Win!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Sue. Yep, this sweet little table is now ready for 20-plus more years of family service.

  • Reply Karen Marie Kedzuch March 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Your talent to create a warm home is simply amazing to me. We are both working on our homes rather than selling our pieces. I look forward to meeting you in person one day. After a huge hug will be a grateful thank you for being my friend.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 25, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Karen. I look forward to meeting you one day, too. Word on the street is you are a GREAT hostess. LOL. #Imacomintovisit

  • Reply christykjames March 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Wow you really gave this forgotten table a whole new life!! It looks amazing! XO

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Christy. We love it, too!!

  • Reply Merryjo Agnel March 28, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Such a great transformation Susie! Love your project! You did an amazing job and it looks Gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Merryjo. We are really enjoying the piece in its new life. Appreciate your stopping by and for you most kind words.

  • Reply Re-Fabbed April 6, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Looks great! I love it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 6, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks so much. Appreciate your kind words.

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    Love your make-over! And your photos! You GO GIRL!

    Thanks for inspiring me today!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Karianne. You’ve just made my day.

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    Thank you for linking your awesome farmhouse able makeover on our first (Waste Not Wednesday link party. ( I had a mission coffee table that I got tired of and sold. Now I wish I’d done this kind of makeover on that table instead of getting rid of it. True inspiration here!

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    Love how the table turned out. I’ve never worked with beeswax before. I love that pot of figs on top!

    • Reply theChelseaProject July 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Barbara. It still looks great…huuum…6-8 months later and lots of abuse. Still perfect. I’m thrilled.

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