A few years ago my sister gave me her old pine coffee table that she was tossing out. The top was badly damaged with tons of nicks and dents. I sanded it and painted it all out in white. Then I taped off the top and added some red stripes to match my family room and painted the middle with chalkboard paint. This served us well for several years, however, I was ready for a change. My kids didn't use the chalkboard part anymore and I was tired of touching up the edges where the white paint kept getting chipped off.
My inspiration was this table from pottery barn. I love the dark top against the white base.
My first step was to sand off all the paint from the top.
And then sand some more . . . . I used a ton of sandpaper and made a huge mess in my front yard.
Once I had all the paint off the table was actually in great shape. The sanding also got rid of all the nicks and scratches.
It looks so much better in my family room. It even matches a little chair that my kids sit in at the table.
This coffee table makeover was featured on Knock Off Decor