make me pretty – alley coffee table

August 14, 2013

I have a very nice friend who alerts me when she sees decent furniture discarded in the alleys of our neighborhood. That’s how I acquired this coffee table. Yes, it was missing its too top glass pieces but there was really nice caning and it was in great shape!

First I did a good sanding because some of the finish was peeling off. Then I painted it with gray chalk paint.

I went to Lowes and got plywood cut to the size of the two coffee table openings. Having three kids I am starting to appreciate non-breakable furniture more and more. I thought it would nice to stencil the plywood and put it where the glass use to go.

Once I stenciled the wood inserts I sanded them down really well. I wanted the whole thing to have an aged, distressed look.











  1. Was the plywood expensive?

    • Not at all. An 1/8 x 4 x 8 piece of Lauan Plywood is only $7 at Lowes and they will cut it for you!

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