Stained Coffee Table & An Update!

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This 3rd times the charm, stained coffee table is a favorite…but sometimes still time for a change!

Hello sweet friends!

I thought I’d revisit an old makeover that I just love! One of my favorites actually.
This coastal-style coffee table makeover…

brown wood stained coffee table

…that was how it started.

Do you remember it?

I’m sharing it because I’ve decided to change it out for an ottoman. (scroll down to see it)
I am ready for a little change-up.

Stained Coffee Table

But first, let’s have a little refresh of this table.
I decided to remove the finish from the top and refinish it so I wouldn’t paint over those pretty inlays.

bottle of orange citristrip on table

This was an old bottle of Citristrip when it actually used to work really well.
I don’t use it anymore. They changed the formula and it just does not do the job the way it used to.
(read more about my assessment of that in the post, here)

Anyway, off came that finish to reveal that gorgeous wood underneath.

stain half scraped off of brown table

I thought I wanted to stain it this color… (water-based stain)

NOPE! I quickly wiped that back off.

Then I thought I’d whitewash it…

Nope! Ha! I didn’t like that either. Off came that as well.

I let it dry overnight and decided to go with oil-based stain instead.
I used a pre-stain first, then Antique Walnut, wiping back well, then Classic Gray over that, also wiping back.

And WOW, it came out the perfect shade!

I painted the base white with a bit of distressing.

Want the full makeover details, products, etc? Hop on over to the post for more.
>>> Coastal Style Coffee Table Makeover

And this is how this beauty looks now.

I could not have been more pleased! I just love this table.

Gosh, now I feel like I don’t want to change it or let it go!! lol

I may have to store it while I play around with this new piece for a while.

Here is the new piece we’ll be using in here for the time being.

It opens up and can be used for storage, which is nice.
You can find it here.

It is supposed to be here next Thursday. I’ll be sure to share it when it comes in! Keep an eye out over on Instagram too.

In other news, I had a special visitor today! (Weds) Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer!! Woohoo!
We hadn’t seen each other in over 2 years and that’s just way too long! We didn’t do a video or any thrift shopping. Just a nice visit and lunch to catch up. But I did get a cute video of her arriving at my house.

And we snapped this photo before she left.

Christy Confessions of a Serial DIYer and Nancy Artsy Chicks Rule

Best buddies! And blogging friends for a long time now. We have promised to not let that much time go by again. And we’ll be doing some more things together in the future for the blogs. Stay tuned!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a safe holiday!



  1. Which one of you had the wooden sewing box in your stash? Did I miss that make over? I have one I want to make over, but I’m waiting to see yours.
    Love seeing your projects.

      1. WOW! That coffee table is so very perfecto in your living area!! I love what you created. I do have a question. How do you find all these lovely pieces to work on? We have many antiques that have been passed down through are families, but I am still looking for a chest of drawers with the wheels; it’s been two years now. The crazy thing is, is that I gave the exact one I want away 12 years ago!😲😀 I have tons of luck with baskets, crocks, wooden tool boxes etc. etc., but not the furniture😕😔😂 Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing and letting us all be part of it all. Blessings

        1. Hi Stacy!
          Thrift stores! Also, Habitat ReStore too. Every once in a while, yard sales but not often at all. I think the main thing is, you have to go regularly because it’s definitely hit and miss! I am lucky that I live in an area with lots of thrift stores, so lots of opportunities. It has definitely gotten harder to find good pieces though! :)

  2. Aww I should have shared our photo too! It was SO good to squeeze you and catch up!! You already know how much I adore this table!! I’ll seriously buy it when you’re done with it if you’re letting it go!! Mwah! Mwah! XOXO

    1. Yes, it so was! :) Haha…yes I do, I think I am going to keep it in storage until I make sure I love the new thing (and don’t want to put it back in here haha) You never know with me! ;) xo

  3. I just love you two gals!! Glad you were able to have a nice visit!!! Keep all these beautiful makeovers coming!!

  4. I’ve been keeping my eye on this EXACT table on Marketplace. I’ve been wanting it but not wanting to drive across town to get it but after seeing yours, I think I’ll make the drive. And…it’s listed for only $20! As much as I love yours and think it’s perfect, I don’t think the distressed look will go in my living room. I’d like to do the top the same as you did but wonder if you have any suggestions for the lower table that isn’t so casual. Thanks for the inspiration,

    1. Hi Lori!
      $20 is a steal! Go get it! :) Okay, so how about painting the base a navy blue? Or black? Or whatever color you use in the room it’s going in. Then, instead of distressing, how about adding a touch of gold to the edges instead? If you don’t want to do that (saying all of this without knowing your decorating style, etc) how about a tan/taupe color and then some glazing with a darker brown over that? Lots of things you can do differently! I hope that has helped get the creative thoughts going anyway. :) xo

      1. Hi Nancy,
        I got it!! Thanks for your suggestions. I’m so excited to get started on it. I’ll have plenty of time to think about what direction to take it while I strip it but I like the idea of black or something dark on the bottom. I’ve painted lots of furniture but never stripped anything. Thanks for responding.

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