Give an old, worn out coffee table a face lift with a little elbow grease, time and imagination. Look for used coffee tables at thrift stores and yard sales, then redo them to complement your space. DIY ideas for a coffee table redo can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint or as elaborate as a mural design.
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Mosaic Coffee Table
Cover the top of a wooden coffee table with mosaic tiles to completely redo the look of the piece. Mosaic tiles are available in ceramic and stained glass at most craft stores; home improvement stores also carry glass, ceramic and porcelain tiles. This DIY project requires patience and persistence to complete, but the finished coffee table is worth the effort. Glue the tiles into place using mosaic glue and let them dry. Leave up to 1/4 inch of space for grout between the tiles. After the glue dries, apply grout into the crevices. The grout leaves a filmy residue on the tiles, so make sure to wipe them clean immediately. A sponge and warm water removes the grout.
Shabby Chic Coffee Table
Redo a coffee table to fit in with a cottage or shabby chic-style room using a distressed painting technique. Sand the coffee table top and legs with light grade paper, remove the sanding debris and then paint the surface with white paint. After the paint dries, sand the outside edges with light grade sandpaper to remove the paint. You could also apply a crackle medium to the painted table to create an aged effect. Follow the manufacturer's directions to redo the table with a crackle finish.
River Rock Table
Create a rustic coffee table with dark stain and polished river rocks to complement a natural decor. Lightly sand the coffee table if it is already stained; strip or sand away all the paint from a painted surface. Apply a dark mahogany stain to the table top and table legs; select a stain with polyurethane included in the mixture. Coat the legs with at least two coats of stain; allow the stain to dry between coats. Glue polished river rocks to the coffee table top using clear, waterproof construction adhesive. Leave spaces between the rocks if you plan to add grout, or place the rocks close together and leave the table grout free.
Mural Coffee Table
Redo a plain coffee table with a painted mural top to create an eclectic focal point for your room. Sand the entire table, then stain or paint the table legs. Trace the outline for the mural onto the table top using templates, stencils or a projected image. Fill in the sections of the mural with acrylic paint to create the painted image. After the acrylics dry, cover the coffee table top and legs with a polyurethane finish for protection.
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