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Upcycled coffee table and TV unit

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A timber coffee table and entertainment unit upcycled with undercoat and varnish for a living room.



The project


Due to a home renovation to expand the kitchen area to include a dining space, it meant the loungeroom would end up smaller and its furniture would be too large. After giving away the rectangular coffee table and TV unit, I sourced used, smaller ones that needed to be resurfaced to complement other furnishings in the home. In addition, I needed a small wooden stand to support the centre speaker and house the DVD player.




Step 1


Day 1 - Disassemble, sand and apply first undercoat.


Use 120-grit sandpaper to remove older surfaces. Wipe down with a damp cloth. Apply the first coat of undercoat and sealer.












Step 2


Day 2 - Apply second undercoat and two topcoats.


Use 240-grit sandpaper lightly before second undercoat. 




Apply a second coat of undercoat. Use 240-grit sandpaper lightly before the first stain and varnish. Apply the first coat of stain and varnish to show the wood grain. Use 240-grit sandpaper lightly before your second stain and varnish. Apply the second coat of stain and varnish to show the wood grain. 




Step 3


Day 3 - Reassemble.


Reassemble legs and tops to frames and refit drawer handles. It wasn't until this project that I even considered using an undercoat and stain/varnish combination until I realised that they are both water-based.




Tools and materials


Tools used in the project:



Home Improvement Guru

Afternoon @RJsPlace 

:smile: I remember this project, loved it then and still love it! You definently pushed me into looking at older furniture in a different way. I now slow the car as I cruise past council pickups when I see older furniture :smile:


How is it holding up to erveryday use? And is there anything you would modify from what you did since?



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