Aug 5, 2012

Shabby Chic Coffee Table Redo


We all know how long it takes to fill a new house with furniture - a while. We can't always afford the nice, quality and sometimes pricey pieces. So, we make do with what we can afford, until we can make those big purchases. Our living room coffee table is the epitome of this situation. It's a crappy $20.00 table that we make do with. But, of course, we bloggers love to upcycle and redo pieces like this. It's a prefect project for blogging! I decided to keep this one simple. I wanted to add an element of shabby chic without paying an arm and a leg for it. Actually, I didn't pay anything for this project! I was able to use materials that I already had just sitting in my craft room, score!   


Here is our plain, crappy table, hehe, and our sweet, fluffy-butt, babies in the background wondering what mom is up to. For this project, all I used was Mod Podge, burlap, decorative upholstery nails (can be found at Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores) and a paintbrush.

Start by cutting your burlap to the size of the table sides. To prevent your burlap from fraying, you can quickly burn the edges with a lighter. I did not do this with mine, but it is an option. Next, paint on a good layer of Mod Podge to the sides of your table top. Quickly place your burlap on top of the Mod Podge and press firmly. The burlap will adhere quickly. Move on to your next table side, doing one by one, until you have finished. Allow your Mod Podge to dry for about 20 or 30 minutes before adding your upholstery nails. When your burlap has dried, lay the table on its side and add your nails to each side of the table. I find it easier to have someone help you by keeping the upholstery cord straight while hammering the nails. The good ole hubby is particularly helpful in these situations =)

That's it! A very simple and inexpensive (if you have to buy the materials) redo. Below are a few pictures of the finished table!