October 5, 2016

How to get a farmhouse coffee table for under $40

how to get a farmhouse coffee table

Hi friends,

Today I will be sharing with you my very first furniture make over/ DIY.  I am so excited to tell you all about it.  This was actually the first time that I did a furniture makeover and the coolest part is I did it completely by myself, yay me!  So let me show I got a farmhouse coffee table for under $40.

So I bought this table at one of my favorite furniture thrift stores.  I have only been to it twice and both times I was able to get a really good deal.  The first piece of furniture that I bought was a $50 dresser which we are using in our master bedroom.  And this time I found our farmhouse coffee table for $20.  I can’ wait to go back and see if they have some chairs for our dinning room.

My vision

Anyway so the table I bought is really nice, it already had the typical farmhouse look to it.  All it needed was some TLC which is exactly what I did.  My vision was to paint the bottom part of the table white and to stain the top in dark walnut.  Our floors are dark walnut and both hubby and I really love the color.

Tools and material you need


Sand paper (80 grit, 120 grit, 180 grit and 220 grit)

Chalk paint

MinWax in Dark Walnut {affiliate link}

MinWax in Golden Oak {affiliate link}

MinWax Wipe on Poly {affiliate link}

Lint free cloth {affiliate link}

Paint brush


Step by step guide for farmhouse coffee table

So let me give you step by step instructions on how to get a farmhouse coffee table.  The steps are super easy to follow.

Step 1: sanding

So the first thing I did was to sand down the top.  I started by using an 80 grit sand paper to get all the stain off.  Afterwards I went over the top again with 120 grit until all the scratches were out.  Then I used a 180 grit and lastly 220 to smooth the top completely.  For the sides I used a 120 grit and lightly went over it to prepare the wood for painting.  The instructions on the chalk paint said it wasn’t necessary but I went ahead and did it nonetheless.

Step 2: painting

This was the first time I used chalk paint and I have to say it was super easy.  As I said in the previous step it is not necessary to prepare the wood but I went ahead and sanded it just to be on the safe side.  I used a paint brush to apply the paint, I went ahead and did three coats.  I waited for 1 hour between coats so the paint could dry.  After applying the last coat I waited for 3 hours so the paint would be completely dry.  I used protective top coat in clear to finish. (I realized I didn’t take a picture while painting – newbie mistake ?)

Note:  The drawer was missing a pull so I went ahead and filled the two holes with wood filler.  I then drilled a new hole in the center of the drawer and installed the pull.

Step 3: Staining and Sealing

As I mentioned in my vision my plan was to stain the top in dark walnut.  But I decided to actually lighten it up by mixing golden oak with dark walnut.  I used a lint free cloth to apply the stain.  Afterwards I let it dry for 1 hour and then applied another coat to darken it a little bit.  I then let it dry for 24 ours until I applied wipe on poly to seal the wood.  I did the same with the pull for the drawer, except for I only applied one coat of stain.

Final look of the Farmhouse coffee table

And that’s how I got a farmhouse table.  As I mentioned in the beginning I spent $20 for the table and the paint and top coat was $20 as well.  We still had the stain and poly left from previous projects.  So in total I spent less than $40 and I am so in love with the final product.


What do you think?  If you like the project make sure to pin it an share it with your friends.

And because I love them so much here is a before and after

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As always thank s so much for stopping by and happy renovating!


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  • Reply Kevin E. Brown October 11, 2016 at 10:04 am

    It seems quite easy and quick to do but I love the way how the project turn out. I’ll save this for the future and share it to my friends. Thanks a lot!

    • Reply Sabrina October 12, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Kevin, it actually was quite an easy project which I didn’t expect to be before I started. It’s a cheap and easy way to get some great furniture pieces that you like!

  • Reply Kelly October 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    It turned out so great! I love the mixing of the golden oak and walnut. I usually do gray and walnut, but I think I’ll have to switch it up next time and try your version 🙂


    • Reply Sabrina October 17, 2016 at 1:09 am

      Thank you Kelly that is so sweet of you to say! The puppy loves the table to especially chewing on the corners. I had to fix them with some wood filler ?

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