In January when one of my favorite thrift stores closed, I took advantage of some great sales. You my remember this coffee table. It had been marked $15, then marked down to $10, I got it for 50% off.
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$5 Thrift Store Coffee Table
This is what the coffee table looked like when I got it.
Later that month I won a giveaway over at Linda’s blog, Coastal Charm.
This is what I won—miss mustard seed’s milk paint.
When I paint furniture, I always turn it upside down and paint the bottom. On this piece I painted the very bottom, but not the bottom of the top shelf.
I painted two coats of the milk paint onto the table, the color is Typewriter. Please ignore the “disco” lights on the picture… not sure why my camera does that sometimes. It's difficult to take great photos when I'm working in the basement shop.
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While the paint is drying.
This is after two coats. If you know about MMS Milk Paint, it generally chips or flakes off to expose the original finish. It didn’t really happen on this table. There were a few places where it sort of didn’t “take”, but not the widespread natural distressing it is known for.
I distressed the coffee table slightly with a putting knife, then gave it two coats of MMS Wax.
Not bad for a $5 table, eh? Did you know that for many of my projects I have a $5 limit? If the item is for my own use, I may pay more, but when you're flipping furniture, you gotta keep your overhead low. For this table that was really low because I got the paint free!
When I won the paint, I also ordered another color, Tricycle…. bet you can guess what color that is…
Thank you Reborn Interiors and Coastal Charm for introducing me to miss mustard seed’s milk paint so I could do this awesome coffee table makeover.
I just saw this post Gail. I have a table like this, only it would have been the matching side table to this coffee table. It would have had a shelf towards the end and up high. This part of the end table was removed. After painting it, I used broken pieces of china and tiled the top. I added gold corner protectors. It is a perfect coffee table in our trailer trailer camper.
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
That is a sweet little table Gail! And what a deal!
I like that color and the table too. Good job! I am interested in using milk paint and chalk paint.
Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
Great deal on the table! Love the sofa and rug, too. 🙂
Corn in my Coffee-Pot
Definitely not bad for a $5 table.
What!?!? you're not going to keep it? After all that work?
I love the color, when you won, did you get to choose your color or is that what was offered as the give away?
It turned out great. Wax on...wax off...
Your disco ball comment...made me L.O.L! ~Patricia
Oh you should keep the coffee table! It will hold a lot of stuff in your "office" underneath. Such a great picture Gail. Pillows, rug, styled table, so darn proud of you!
Beautiful table! I love the shelf on the bottom for storage. Can never have too much storage. I can't wait to see what you do with the tricycle. 🙂
Thank you for your review of milk paint. I was wondering how it worked. I have been wanting to give it a try but didn't want to put out the money just yet. I wonder if there are any homemade recipes out there. Crafty Chicks just had an excellent recipe for chalk paint that I have been using.
Full Circle Creations
It looks great! I haven't used MMS milk paint. I've used another brand of it though.
I've used MMS paint a few times & I think you really need to buff it in order for the wax to have a sheen to it.
And I found the chippiness to be a little intimidating at first but now love it. I can pretty much gauge how much it'll chip by the finish of the wood. Dry or porous wood will not chip. Sometimes a slick finish will chip way too much, but that can be controlled by lightly sanding first or using the bonding agent (which I have not used).
Thank you all very much! I doubt I'll keep it because I already have a coffee table.
What a great little table! Love it and love the rug too 😉 So what did you think of using the wax? I'm curious.
Thank you! I liked how easy the wax went on, I just don't think I'm a very good "waxer". First and foremost, it hurts my shoulder to make those kind of wipe on-wipe off motions. I was a little disappointed with the sheen afterwards. I thought the paint still looked a little "dry". Will I use it again, yes.
It turned out beautifully! The color looks great with the couch and rug! I have been wanting to try the MMS milk paint, but I am so cheap, I just haven't bought any yet....
I love it! I have typewriter but haven't used it yet! The table looks great.
The table looks great! I'm jealous that you got to play with the MMS paint!
Angie @ thejunkranch
I do love the color...looking forward to seeing "tricycle". I have a lot of furniture painter friends, but they are still sold on chalk paint...I am more of a milk paint fan myself. Thanks for the post.
pretty! Love that colour Gail!
it looks good! and your living room looks great!!
Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
it looks perfect! love the color- i hope you are keeping it there!
It's Just Me
Gail, that table looks PERFECT infront of your couch. What a beautiful piece and such a GOOD color. $5 = SCORE!!! : )
Your table turned out adorable...such a transformation!! I have yet to give the MMS Milk paint a try...I am a little intimidated by the amount of "chippiness" it can render. I love distressed, but I have seen some projects where there is almost none of the fresh paint left!
Love how your piece turned out! Looks perfect in front of your sofa!
Susan @ homeroad.net
Gail that is the perfect coffee table! In my opinion something simple and functional is perfect and I love
the color you gave it. (Your couch is really nice too) Great job as usual my friend!
Jeanette Ann O'Donnell
Nice colour,looks great with your couch. 🙂
I Play Outside The Box
I love how that turned out....can't wait to see what you do with the other color too! Nice prize too.