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DIY & Decor 001: Farmhouse Coffee Table

DIY & Decor 001: Farmhouse Coffee Table

Between the Phases DIY and Decor

Hey friends,

here is a segment all about DIY and refinishing projects to complete. I am a sucker for redoing furniture and reigniting the life in old pieces. So this section will detail how I complete these projects so that you can complete your own too! If you’re curious about my other projects, stop by my Pinterest page or Instagram feed as that’s where I post most updates :) 


Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

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COMMITMENT

This week's theme is all about commitment, and holy cow do I need a lot of that when I start a refurbishing project. Does anyone else get super excited and ambitious at the start of a project and then notice the motivation fade away? 

For as long as I can remember I have always started projects with a fire and gusto, which st daily fades as the projects trudges on. 

What I’m noticing is that if I set myself up for commitment, meaning that if I know a project will take longer than a weekend to complete, I do a better job. 

For example, if I clean out the garage to make a space for the refurbished projects to dry, I can spend more time in between coats letting the paint actually dry. Then touch ups won’t be needed. If I mentally delegate multiple days worth of time to a project in my head, I actually might enjoy the process more because then I can come home after work and release some creative energy. 

I think that by knowing these types of projects do indeed require more time, energy and commitment, I’m better able to stay in the mindset for the long haul.

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FARMHOUSE COFFEE TABLE

To get started I always get my supplies set in a corner. The supplies* for this project that I used were :

  • Electric hand sander

  • 3M 150 grit sandpaper

  • rubber sander

  • scrub brush

  • old boxes

  • rubber gloves

  • Valspar semi-gloss interior white paint

  • Minwax Espeesso wood stain

* all of these products were purchased by me and I do not receive a cut of sales from any of the above links.  

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Then I started by sanding the top of the old coffee table. TJ got this donated from a friend and it’s really a wonderful size and real wood although I’m not sure what kind. 

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

After it was sanded and wiped off I put one coat of stain on the top. I went with the grain and did about a “row” at a time. I waited about 2 hours before putting on the second coat. They say to lightly sand in between but what I found is that this actually led the dust particles to stick to the gel nature of the stain so I skipped that part. 

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

After the second coat I worked on sanding the legs and trim.  

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

After that I took the white paint and did one coat on the legs and trim. After about 2 hours I painted another coat on and also coated the top with a polyeurthane coating. 

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Here it is as we move it in with the one coat of sealer. 

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

Here’s another side table I also refurbished with the previous steps. I was trying out size in the living room after we got new couches.

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

I think looking back I would not have put the coat of poly on top because that started to flake. I would have researched another type of sealer to put on the tops of the tables to help with scratches. 

Between the Phases Lesson Learned

PATIENCE MAKES PERFECT

Between the Phases How to Refinish a DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table

I think the biggest takeaway I got from this project was patience. I completed it in just two days and while it was wonderful to get the coffee table refurbished in just one weekend, I think some mistakes could have been avoided had I displayed a bit more patience. 

For one, I was sooo ready to just be done with this project (which happens to me on literally everything I start, hence “between the phases) that I hurriedly added a top coat of poly we had lying around. Had I taken the time to research a better sealant or top coat I think the table would’ve turned out nearly perfect. 

Two, if I had done the research on a better white paint I think I would’ve been happier with the overall look. Since I just opened a can of whatever we had lying around, I didn’t look into if latex is good for refurbishing furniture (it’s not) or if a gloss finish would look good for our house theme (it doesn’t).  

I also think if I had slowed down, it would’ve helped me really enjoy the process and focus on the theme of commitment. Sometimes I need reminders that committing to something for an end-value often requires more time than I initially want to put in.  

So what are some ways that you commit to projects in a way that helps you complete them in a timely manner, while also slowly down and enjoying the process? I’d love to hear your tips too! 

Love,

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