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The Nate Berkus Show DIY coffee table

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here it is folks! as i wrote about herei did a segment on The Nate Berkus Show! so fun!!! there was a whole other segment on the show and on TV today where Nate intros me and shows a video of me shopping for my coffee table, at this rad reclaimed furniture and building supply non-profit called Build It Green NYC… but they haven’t posted it on the Nate Show website yet! but in the meantime, i wanted to post the above video clip of me and Nate in which we reveal and discuss our coffee table spruce-ups!!!

below are more pics i took in the workshop while decorating my Book Page Coffee Table Re-Vamp before we shot the show! i also posted the how-to details so let me know if you have any questions! this is a really easy DIY! for those of you asking about my outfit and shoes from the episode – i posted pics, a video and details about it here!

Old Book Decoupaged Coffee Table

i love the look of old book pages in contrast with the bright yellow, but of course you can interpret this with any color you want for the legs and use other things like picture books, ticket stubs, decorative paper, etc. anything out of paper that you want to look at everyday and don’t mind gluing!

What You Need:

  • coffee table
  • paint for the legs – spray paint or regular can of paint
  • sandpaper – medium to fine grain
  • old book – of other paper material to decoupage
  • Mod Podge or regular white school glue is fine too.
  • foam brush or an old paint brush you don’t mind getting glue-y
  • another paintbrush for the paint and poly topcoat
  • can of polyurethane – get the water based kind not the oil based so that it does not yellow. you can also try: spar varnish, clear brushing lacquer, or polycrylic topcoat
  • cup with water

Do It:

  1. sand your whole table to remove any slick varnish coats.
  2. paint the legs of your table in your color of choice – you may need two coats.
  3. mix your Mod Podge or white school glue with a little water to get it runny – you want it to be easy to paint with.
  4. tear out a nice stack of pages from an old book and plan your placement on the table – remember you can always layer them which looks great!
  5. using your foam brush paint glue on the back of a page place it on the table and paint another coat of glue over the top of the page. don’t be afraid to use a lot of glue  – it might look milky but it will dry clear, so don’t worry! for a better visual of decoupaging, check out this video where i decoupage a pumpkin!
  6. once you’ve glued on all of your pages, paint another coat of your glue mixture over the top to seal the deal and let it dry.
  7. paint a couple coats of your poly or clear varnish to protect your decoupage and make the coffee table durable. wait for it to dry between coats. you may want to do more than two coats to get a really slick seal that you can clean easily like any regular coffee table.

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1

Great idea happy i found you through Nate I lov him and now I know i will lov and b a fan of yours tks again

2

You were so cute on Nate! Your table was gorgeous, and will definitely be an inspiration for my bedroom makeover. It speaks to the book nerd within. Congrats!

3

Awesome Kate! I love the table. 

4

 Heart your segment!!! Chinoiserie tables were groovy!

5

beautiful kate!! ps what colour paint did you use? i love it! 

6

you are adorable my friend! love the table!!! i think the show should be permanently NATE + KATE! 

Author7

awww thanks Grasie!

8

Doing my own table, with a deep purple! I am having fun and it looks great so far!!

9
Nicole_barker

i did a whole desk fro my dorm room, everyone loves it! thanks for the idea!

Author10

woohoo! I'd love to see photos! xx

11

I'm doing a similiar idea but instead of book pages. I'm gonna use album artwork from my favorite bands cds.. and I'm gonna do another one with comic book pages. 🙂 thanks for the idea!

Author12

sounds amazing! take photos!

13

i just finished gluing my pages down. all from my favorite harry potter book on my living room coffee table! it looks so awesome! thanks so much for the awesome idea & i will post a pic as soon as its finished!

14

Love this vibrant shade of acid yellow. Can you tell me the name and the brand?? Would love to use it in the nursery!! xo

15

Any ideas on how to spruce veneer covered wooden furniture?