Trash to Treasure: Thrift Store Table

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I’ve been on a serious kick to get my den in working order. As a self-titled super do-it-yourself furniture rehabber, when it came time to round up a coffee table for my soon-to-be den, there was no better place to look than the $7.00 glass top junker I snagged at a thrift store months back. Keeping this table in storage was no longer an option, and your standard paint and polish definitely wouldn’t hurt.

Covered in dust, the first step was to remove the glass top and give the table a good scrub.


Once clean, the next step to any good furniture flip is a solid coat of primer. Because the finish would have been tough to sand completely, I used an oil-based primer to make sure the paint would have a sturdy surface to adhere to.

Tip: When painting, prop the ends of your furniture on a few pieces of scrap wood to make sure no inch goes unpainted.


Once the primer had plenty of time to dry, I followed up with a few coats of blue-gray paint to give this guy a new look.


Voila! When it comes to DIY furniture rehabs, there simply is no easier way to give a piece an effortless transformation than with a few swipes of the paintbrush.

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Live the Home Life

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