$20 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

INSIDE: DIY thrift store mid-century modern coffee table makeover for $20. How to easily update an old coffee table.

Cover a thrift store coffee table with a flat weave rug for custom coffee table bench | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comMy husband and I have recently gotten onto a big mid-century modern kick. It’s like we are on this mission to find these retro gems and introduce them to our 21st century kids! Case in point: this $20 thrift store laminated coffee table. Totally screamin’ old school…which we can’t help but love!

Armed with some paint and a flat weave rug (say what?), this thrift store coffee table went from 1970s to functionally practical for a busy young (aka: crazy) family.

Grab your paint brush and staple gun for this easy coffee table makeover…
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DIY $20 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

This is a great Weekend Warrior project… when you can find a free weekend, of course!

– Primer (I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer)
Cabinet enamel paint (I used Valspar in brown)
– Painter’s tape
1/2″ foam padding 
Quilter’s batting
– Staple gun
– Flat weave rug
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DIY coffee table makeover with paint

This cheap-y coffee table has lived with us for several months. It’s currently in its second makeover iteration!

It initially started with a coat of primer followed by a couple coats of enamel paint.
DIY paint thrift store coffee table for easy makeover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
The awesome legs – that are the hallmarks of anything mid-century modern – were given a pop of color with some contrasting coral paint. Wrap some painter’s tape around the legs where you want the color highlight to start.
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diy coffee table padded bench

So after a handful of months living with a painted coffee table, we found ourselves wanting something softer on the feet when we zone out and put our feet up (on said coffee table) at night once the kids are in bed. With cocktail or bowl of ice cream in hand. Depending on how the day went.

And that’s how I found myself on a quest to find some type of kid-resistant, heavy-duty fabric that would withstand the toy chaos, TV-watching, life-living that happens in the family room.

I lucked out with a coordinating coral flat weave rug.
DIY padded coffee table bench using flat weave rug for comfortable home decor | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

Use the coffee table shape to trace and cut a foam pad. Cover the foam pad with some quilter’s batting. Staple the batting onto the underside of the coffee table.
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Lay the coffee table down on the flat weave rug, based on its design and pattern, and what you want to show up on the table’s top once it is flipped upright. Be sure to leave enough fabric on each side to wrap around to the underside of the table.
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DON’T DO AS I DID! Who knew that cutting a flat weave rug would cause the whole thing to literally fall apart. Yeah, not this girl. But it did. Fortunately, the rug was large enough I could salvage it.
How to cut a flat weave rug to use for a DIY home decor project | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

I traced out the shape of the coffee table onto the rug and took the rug to my very basic sewing machine where I sewed a zig zag stitch. This kept the flat weave together so I could proceed to cut it out.

how to update a mid-century modern coffee table

I paired this thrift store mid-century modern coffee table with a $2 tray I found at a neighborhood estate sale.

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35 thoughts on “$20 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

  1. Kathleen Rupp says:

    What a boho hip coffee table. I love it! I like how you thought of putting the woven rug on it. I would have never thought of something like that. Great idea and adds a lot of fun colors to the room. Saw your post at the bloggers pit stop!

  2. Florence says:

    That’s pretty cute Victoria! I wouldn’t have known that either about the rug falling apart, but you did a good save. I love the idea of padding your table b/c that’s what happens around here too…the feet go up on it.

  3. LydiaF says:

    All of the furniture in my home had those tapered legs when I was a child (I’m mid-century modern I guess). I love your makeover and thanks for the tip about sewing the rug before cutting it. I would have done the same thing. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  4. Sheri says:

    That’s so creative! Thanks for sharing this in the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party! It has been pinned. Remember to follow all of us and we hope to see you back this Wednesday!

  5. Leslie says:

    How fun! Mid century mod is such fun decor. I love the legs on the table. And the rug on top is probably better for protecting crazy toddlers than the rubber bumpers that they sell (which can easily be pulled off, it seems.) Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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