Broyhill Coffee Table Makeover
Where does the time go? Today I'm sharing a Broyhill Coffee Table makeover that I found on the side of the road as my Furniture Fixer Upper Project. Seriously, you can't beat FREE furniture.
I actually picked several items from some former neighbor's trash. First, this extra large Broyhill coffee table, a whatnot shelf (barely visible on the left) four table legs, and three homemade pallets.
Just so you know, I won't drag just any ole thing home. I did pass on this chest of drawers, as I felt it wasn't well made. But! Looking at this photo, I'm wondering why I didn't grab the knobs! I should have.
Because this find was only a few houses away, I used a large furniture dolly to haul it home. Can you spot the four random legs? Who knows what they will become?
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This Broyhill coffee table didn't even make it to storage. I got right to work on it as soon as I dragged it home. First I used my dust brush to wipe away spider eggs and grossness!
The coffee table definitely needs a little love, but I think it has good bones. Dated? Yes, but very sturdy.
As per usual, I started with Heirloom Traditions Paint Surface Prep. Simply brush it on and scrub it off. It cleans and deglosses, preparing for an easy paint makeover.
Wow! What a difference already!
Did I mention that using the surface prep means I don't have to sand? Yep, after cleaning, it's ready for paint.
Too bad it has so many dings on it. If it didn't, this would be the easiest furniture flip ever!
If your furniture is really grimy or has excessive amounts of nicotine, be sure to check out the article:
How to Paint an Easy Furniture Flip
I opted to use my Finish Max and HTP All in One Paint (Weathervane) for this furniture flip. I rested the coffee table on my work table and started with the underneath side.
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When you're spraying paint, whether it's spray paint or a paint sprayer, it's best to paint the top surface horizontally. The paint goes on so much better spraying directly onto the surface as opposed to letting the particles sort of "fall" onto the surface. I hope that makes sense.
Okay, here's my best tip for painting drawers. Do you see how they are resting upside down on the work table? Using the Finish Max with the drawers upside down eliminates taping anything off. Of course, you could also leave them in their designated places, but I find this really works best for me.
Notice how little overspray there is on the table. Having the drawers upside down, there is no overspray at all inside the drawer.
Whoa! Check out the Finish Max laying on its side. Do not do this! I don't even remember it happening.
Moving Heavy Furniture Without Help
I haven't mentioned yet, how incredibly heavy this Broyhill coffee table is! There is no way I can move it by myself. However, I was able to lift one side onto the table, then shove it in place. But! How do I move it? Those handy dandy tri-wheel furniture dollies. In between coats, when I needed to move the table into the garage, I simply wheeled it where I wanted it to be. But, these dollies also move furniture with or without legs/feet.
Metallic Spray Paint for Vintage Hardware
After cleaning the hardware, I roughed it up slightly with some fine grit sandpaper. Then I wiped it down again and it was ready for spray paint.
The dated hardware looks better with updated paint, don't you think?
Finishing Touches Make the Difference
Here's another tip for you. After letting the paint cure really well, I sand (burnish) the top of the coffee table with some brown craft paper. You know, the kind that comes in your Amazon boxes? Lastly, I wipe off the table with a soft cloth.
Broyhill Coffee Table Makeover
This coffee table is huge! No wonder it's so heavy. Question? Would you have removed the decorative corner pieces?
The drawers were in good shape, so they got a good cleaning, but no paint.
This was a fun and easy makeover. It's all about having the right paint and tools.
Now, let's see what the rest of the team has been up to!
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Jen @ Girl in the Garage
What a great save with a beautiful new look, Gail!
Thanks Jen, gotta love FREE and EASY, right?
Nice job! I would remove the little side panels as I feel they don't coordinate with the drawer pulls. From old to new and looking fine. Good job.
Thanks for checking out my latest furniture project.
The coffee table turned out really nice. The finish is perfect.
What a great save, Gail! I like the corner pieces personally! XOXO
Team corbels, eh? 🙂 I never really considered doing anything with them. I like to work smarter, not harder.
Denise - Salvaged Inspirations
WOW, what a night and day difference Gail! I love the new look and also love that carpet you styled it with... beautiful! Pinned XOXO
Aww, thanks so much Denise. I appreciate you pinning my project.
It’s really gone from ugly to pretty. I’d have gotten rid of the corbels. They date the piece as do the handles. But I like those now that they're painted silver. On Pinterest I saw that someone redid a coffee table with similar legs like on yours. They filled them flat with Spackel and sanded and painted. I’m wondering how long before that starts to let go and come off.
I like the corbels, I'm glad you didn't get rid of them. They add a special, unique detail on an otherwise plain piece of furniture. Great job, i would use this in my house.
Thank you Deidre! I appreciate that you like the table as is.
I've patched with spackle like that before. Sometimes, it's just necessary to update a piece of furniture. This table sold very quickly at my booth.