A Mid Century Coffee Table Refresh!

Hello Lovely Friends,

Long weekend here in NSW, after a morning of kids sports I delivered this coffee table back to its owner…. Jo from Poppy Handmade Designs, she’s just gorgeous and one of my favourite clients.  She asked me to update her coffee table.  It belonged to her Grandparents so she wanted to keep it but tie it in with her decor. 

Here’s a before pic….  Classic Mid Century design, again with that dreaded fake tan orange!! 😉 
It also had some water damage to the top.  Where liquid had penetrated the veneer and the particle board beneath had expanded 🙁

So here’s how it transformed…

I stripped back the top and re-stained it.  The colour is called Brazilian Roast, it’s lovely and rich (pic to the left shows the first coat going on).  When I took the tint base stain up to the paint counter and asked for Brazilian Roast, the cheeky guy asked if I’d like sugar with that! 😉 

I ended up doing four coats on the top, probably could of gotten away with 3 but I wanted to build up a deep rich colour and ensure it was well sealed.

I also stained the rattan shelf to tie in with the table top.

The frame received three coats of Annie Sloan Old White and some distressing per my client’s wishes.

Here’s how it came together in the end….

I also finished the little Coffee Table Caddy this week…  if you missed the post… click here to see 🙂


I couldn’t do much about the water damage, but it’s much less noticeable now.  The darker top really helps with that.  Anyway, hopefully it’s now ready to face many more years!

Thanks for checking in!

Jo xx

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  1. Fiona, LilyfieldLife

    wow Jo this is just stunning. I love how you have transformed it. When I bought my old white from the US it was very cream. your can looks much more like it’s meant to be.
    cheers fiona

  2. Restyled Vintage

    Don’t know how I missed this post the other day, but wow you’ve made an amazing job of that table, Jo! I love the stain colour and the shine the top now has is amazing 🙂

    xx Karen