Coffee Table Makeover Using My Miter Saw




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Have I told you that I love my Dewalt Miter Saw?
I do, it seriously makes so many projects easy, including this coffee table makeover. And this coffee table turned out so cute. You won’t believe what it looked like when I found it. I doubt the last owner would recognize it

The truth is this coffee table started out as one of those huge 2-tier end tables that was so popular in the 80’s and 90’s. But a table that size (32″x32″) just doesn’t fit into most living rooms as an end table. I wasn’t sure I wanted it at first, but the legs are absolutely beautiful and the price was great. I just had to figure out what to do about that second tier.

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Step 1: The Transformation

I finally decided to cut the top tier off. This left 4 holes in the top where dowels attached the top tier to the bottom tier. Instead of patching, I decided to have some fun with my miter saw.

First, I primed and painted the table. Then lightly sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.

Step 2: Getting Ready to Make My Cuts.

Then I used a long level to mark an X across the table from corner to corner. This would act as my measuring guide.

I worked from the outside in, making 45-degree cuts on 1"x3" Common Board.

Step 3: The Finished Piece

The new tabletop is stunning. Everyone that sees it wants to talk about it. And it was a fun project too.

Step 4: 5 Mason Jar Planter Box With Mini Lights

Looking for cute home decor or a wedding centerpiece? Check out this instructable to see how I made this for just $6.50.



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    1 year ago

    Others might disagree, but I think you ruined it. What you created is more or less ok, I mean in its own sphere of style, but It was a beautiful piece of furniture from the beginning.

    Anyway, don't let this discourage you, if you had started from anything but that very nice coffee table, I wouldn't had any more than congratulations for the project.