With furniture (and especially old, or inherited furniture), you can feel locked into a certain look. But take comfort in the fact that where there’s a #creativeweirdo, there’s a way!
This coffee table, for example, was one of the only pieces of furniture Krystle had in her living room, and it didn’t exactly match the bohemian aesthetic she liked. So … we upcycled! I’m happy to report that the table is now a vintage-inspired bohemian showstopper, and is getting a lot more love than it had been. The power of DIY-ing!
- Lay your planks over the length of the table and measure where they should be cut. We wanted to add a little extra around this table top, so we measured about about an inch or two more on each side. Also — you can just use seamless planks across the table, or you can cut two shorter and combine them for a more vintage, hand-made feeling.
- Saw your pieces using a handheld or power saw (and the appropriate safety equipment.)
- Meanwhile, flip your table over and sand the legs and any other areas that will be visible with your new top. Once sanded down, paint them with a new bold color. Wait for the paint to dry before flipping over and moving onto step 4.
- Mark the center (widthwise) of your table and use that as a guide for evenly laying your planks. Cover the bottom of each plank with wood glue before placing. Then, use a hammer and nails to secure them all into place.
- Sand the sides of the table down so they’re nice and smooth.
- To give this new tabletop a vintage appearance, you gotta DIY distress it! I used some chain (for slamming against it — also a great stress release), a drill bit (for individual, specific divots) and sandpaper (for general aging and weathering certain areas).
- Don some rubber gloves and stain the new table top, letting the stain settle and pool into the distressed areas you created.
- Let the stain dry, and your new table is complete!