DIY Weathered Shiplap Farmhouse Kitchen-to-Coffee Table Transformation

If you have an old kitchen table looking for new life, turn it into the farmhouse coffee table you’ve been wanting, and do it with shiplap! Joanna Gaines couldn’t have done it better herself! Do you ever find that you have something you can’t seem to give away, and then you are inspired to give it new life? That is the case with this kitchen table, so read on to watch the transformation unfold!

I was given this cute table and chairs set and had been using it in our loft as a game table,  but we rearranged some furniture and sent an old TV upstairs, so I moved the table out to create more room. I put the table in the garage and tried several times to give the table and matching chairs away without success. The garage had about a dozen too many projects in process in there, and I had visited a friend’s house recently and noticed they had a large kitchen-table-turned-coffee table in their family room. The wheels started turning in my head, because I knew I needed a bigger coffee table, and I knew I had a kitchen table sitting in my garage. If I turned this table into a coffee table, I’d be one step closer to my dream garage. Insert zen moment here:

Isn’t that fabulous? But.I.Digress.

My hubby had some time off work last week and I had casually mentioned that I was trying to figure out how I could cut the kitchen table legs down and keep them level to the ground. So, he did everyone a favor a cut them for me. He removed the legs from the table first in order to do this.

Then we took a trip to Home Depot to pick out the wood for the planks. We ended up with some blue pine shiplap. We had them cut the eight-foot boards in half, knowing our table is exactly four feet in length. Hubs then glued and nailed the planks into place and trimmed to two end planks down to size.


The top of the kitchen table was a flimsy laminate film, and I knew even painting it wouldn’t give it the durable finish I was looking for. I also knew I wanted to to go for a farmhouse chic look. Is that a thing? It’s my thing, if I coined that phrase. Otherwise, I happily embrace the term, wherever it originated. I wanted the plank tabletop. Since I have children, however, I already knew that the space between those planks must be sealed to all crumbs and kid messes.

We decided to use some DAP nail hole filler, the kind that goes on pink and dries white, to fill in the gaps between the shiplap. Gooey crumb disaster averted.

After the end planks were trimmed, and glued with wood glue to the table top, and nailed into place, we filled in the nail holes with wood filler and the gaps with DAP. We then sanded the spots with wood filler to make it smooth. The edges were the exact width of the table top, so we needed a way to blend that seam between the shiplap and the coffee table without it being too noticeable. We used more DAP nail hole filler. (Actually we tried using some caulking intended for baseboards, but it ended up making more of a mess than anything. Hubs said he thought the DAP did a better job, anyway.

Then came the fun part: painting!

I used chalk paint by Plaid in ‘plaster’ for the legs and ‘mineral’ for the top.

I placed the legs on the trimmed off pieces of ship lap to try to minimize the amount of paint on the garage floor. (minimize from this project, anyway. Ha.)

Then, I tapped my brush lightly into a small amount of paint for a weathered look with pewter chalk paint by Art Minds. This also helped minimize the seam on the edges. It gives it more of a weathered barn wood look, I think, and because we didn’t need to do much sanding to the top, the dry brush picked up some of the wood grain in a few spots. I love it! My hubby was is always a little sad to see wood painted, so I tried to highlight this feature to ease his pain. Haha!

The colors I used below: (Waverly chalk paint by Plaid I purchased at Walmart and ArtMinds chalk Paint I purchased at Michael’s craft store)

I sealed it with a clear coat by Rustoleum, meant to be used with chalk paint. So far I have used this 30 ounce can of matte clear coat on a giant ‘80s entertainment center, two desks, a small cabinet, and now this table. It really lasts, and has a durable finish so far.


After it dried for several hours (We do live in the desert, so drying time is minimal), it was ready to go! This was a pretty easy project if you have the tools to cut the planks to size, and if you don’t, the crew at Home Depot will usually cut it for you (measure twice!).


Now we have a coffee table that has a little more substance in our family room, which is perfect since we need lots of seating Now our farmhouse kitchen-to-coffee table can accommodate multiple people, instead of having a coffee table that didn’t really fill the area to reach the other couch or chairs. Hubs asked me what I thought of it.  I said I love it, it’s the farmhouse feel I was looking for at a super reasonable price. I told Hubs all I need now are new couches and new pillows. 😉

This was the ultimate coffee table makeover because:

1. It was a free kitchen table.

2. The wood shiplap was about $25.00.

3. We were able to complete the coffee table redo in a weekend.

4. I freed up some major space in my garage!

5. I already had the chalk paint and matte clear coat on hand from other projects.

How are you going to turn your thrift store cast-offs into useful, updated, and beautiful decor today?

~Deena

*all opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for this post. 

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