Broyhill Coffee Table Makeover
Where does the time go? Today I'm sharing a Broyhill Coffee Table makeover I found on the side of the road as my Furniture Fixer Upper Project. Seriously, you can't beat FREE furniture.
I 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.
So that 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 wonder 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 needs some love, but I think it has good bones. Dated? Yes, but very sturdy.
As per usual, I started with Heirloom Traditions Paint Surface Prep. 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 most effortless furniture flip ever!
How to Paint an Easy Furniture Flip
I used 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 color goes on so much better spraying directly onto the surface than 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 this works best for me.
Notice how little overspray there is on the table. With the drawers upside down, there is no overspray inside the drawer.
Whoa! Check out the Finish Max lying 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 hefty this Broyhill coffee table is! There is no way I can move it by myself. However, I could 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 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.
Finishing Touches Make the Difference
Here's another tip for you. After letting the paint cure 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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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.