I love a creative challenge and when Wayfair asked me if I would like to be part of their Furniture Makeover DIY blogger challenge – of course I said yes.
All the bloggers participating got to choose one of a designated three items that Wayfair sells on their website. Once chosen we had the freedom to transform it. The 3 items were – a bookcase, hanging light, or a coffee table. I chose the coffee table. As part of the challenge each blogger also got a $50 gift card to buy any supplies we would need to transform our chosen item.
This is what the coffee table looked like before. Simple and modern with two collapsible fabric storage drawers.
I added a shelf to the bottom, wheels, veneer edging, and painted it with chalk paint and then aged it with stain.
We can now store all of our games here, plus the table can be easily wheeled to where we want to use it. If you have an ongoing game or puzzle you are working on, this is the perfect spot – easily accessible, but out of the way when not in use. It can also be a child’s creative art station or even a portable fireside table for cozy dining.
Materials Needed:4 wheels – one with a locking brake Wood or particle board cut to size: 16″ x 24″ 12 self- drilling wood screws – 1- 1/2” long 16 Fender steel washers- #10 3/16” x 3/4” 16 wood screws – 3/4” Veneer Edging – I used White Birch 3/4” that already has a glue backing. Paint and primer or chalk paint Stain or glaze Iron Cloth Paint brush Sandpaper
1. Assemble the table following manufacturer’s directions, but do not add the floor bumper slider tacks to the bottom.
2. Cut wood to size. Turn table upside down and attach the particle board/wood to the legs using 3 screws on each leg.
3. Attach a wheel to each corner of the particle board. Place a washer in between the screw hole in the wheel base and the screw.
4. To add veneer edging to the unfinished edge of the particle board, flip the table on the side. Start on the same side where the two original shelf edge banding meets. This way all the seams will be on the same side.
5. Unroll the edging and line it up evenly with the top edge. Use an iron on the cotton setting to adhere it to the veneer tape, and then to the edge of the particle board. Slowly press the iron over edging. Check as you go along that the glue is melting. You can trim the corners with a pair of scissors or carefully bend and wrap the veneer around the corners. To ensure the bond – while still hot, press down firmly with a wood block. If you make a mistake, simply reheat and reapply.
6. Paint – I mixed my own chalk paint and applied 2 light coats, letting each one dry before applying the next.
7. Sand edges with medium grit sandpaper. Rub glaze over table and then quickly remove with a soft cloth.
8. Rub paste wax over all the surfaces, let dry about 20 minutes and then buff to a shine with a soft cloth. (For more details on how to glaze and wax see the post I wrote – How To Make and Paint with Chalk Paint
If you would like to see what the other bloggers in the challenge made – you can see them on this Pinterest Board.