DIY enthusiast transforms a secondhand coffee table into a stylish piece of modern furniture

DIY enthusiast transforms a secondhand coffee table into a stylish piece of modern furniture – and it’s now ‘worth hundreds’

  • A woman has wowed hundreds with her impressive coffee table upcycle 
  • Sonja bought the piece for $30 from Facebook Marketplace with a vision in mind
  • She sanded and painted the table, added new drawer slides and door knobs 
  • The impressive transformation took only eight hours to complete 

An amateur DIY enthusiast has revealed how she transformed a basic secondhand coffee table and turned it into a luxe high-end piece of furniture – and it looks similar to expensive buys worth hundreds of dollars. 

Sonja, from the Gold Coast, Queensland, bought the table from Facebook Marketplace for only $30 with a modern vision in mind. 

Similar products on the market from furniture stores retail anywhere between $250 and $500.  

To start the up-cycle Sonja first sanded the top wood and drawers right back with an electric sander until bare pine was visible. 

Before: Sonja from the Gold Coast, Queensland, bought the piece of furniture on Facebook Marketplace for only $30 with a light and bright vision in mind

After: The end result looked fantastic as if it was brand new (pictured)

After: The end result looked fantastic as if it was brand new (pictured) 

She then hand sanded the legs and exterior space of the table before she applied a $31.90 Dulux stain and mould block onto the wood to protect the paint. 

Next, Sonja mixed equal parts of a $55.50 low gloss white paint with water to create her own white wash and applied it to the table.

She applied three coats of paint to the outside until it looked completely opaque and then painted the inside of the drawers to match.

The materials and supplies were purchased from Bunnings Warehouse.  

Sonja applied three coats of paint to the outside until it looked completely opaque and then painted the inside of the drawers to match

Sonja applied three coats of paint to the outside until it looked completely opaque and then painted the inside of the drawers to match

Once the paint was dry she replaced the drawer slides with a $13 pair from Bunnings Warehouse and added two $4 door knobs to each drawer. 

To finish Sonja applied three coats of $32.20 Cabbots Cabothane satin finish to the coffee table for extra protection. 

Sonja was left impressed with the up-cycle she did all on her own and revealed that the project took eight hours to complete. 

Once the paint was dry she replaced the drawer slides with a $13 pair from Bunnings Warehouse and added two $4 door knobs to each drawer then added a satin finish

Once the paint was dry she replaced the drawer slides with a $13 pair from Bunnings Warehouse and added two $4 door knobs to each drawer then added a satin finish

‘It’s such a good way to have a nice, modern piece of furniture without spending hundreds of dollars,’ she said. 

She shared her transformation to Facebook where many liked and commented on  the table revamp calling it ‘amazing’.

Those wanting to upcycle old furniture and give it a new life, Sonja suggested using paint stripper and a scraper on varnished items.  

How to transform a coffee table

  1. Sand the top wood and drawers right back with an electric sander until bare pine was visible. 
  2. Hand sand the legs and exterior space of the table to prepare for paint. 
  3. Apply $31.90 Dulux stain and mould block onto the wood to protect the paint.
  4. Mix equal parts of $55.50 low gloss white paint with water to create a white wash and apply it to the table.
  5. Apply three coats of paint to the outside until opaque then painted the inside of the drawers to match.
  6.  Replace drawer slides with a new $13 pair from Bunnings Warehouse.
  7. Add two $4 door knobs to each drawer. 
  8. Apply three coats of $32.20 Cabbots Cabothane satin finish to the coffee table for extra protection.

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