Nautical Themed Coffee Table Makeover

Nautical Themed Coffee Table Makeover by


It’s time for another themed furniture makeover.  This month our group’s challenge was to make over a piece of furniture with a travel theme.  The piece I used for this month’s challenge was a coffee table I purchased from my friend, Bev, before she moved from Virginia to Michigan.  (Be sure to check out Bev’s new blog, North Shore Bungalow.)  The coffee table belonged to Bev’s mother-in-law and Bev had given it an update with black spray paint.

Coffee Table Before


The coffee table’s original look was distressed and I wanted a smoother top, so I sanded the top smooth.  The legs were also sanded but not to bare wood.

Coffee Table Makeover with Sanded Top


The knots in the wood were very dark and I worried that they might show through the Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue paint that I intended to use, so I started by giving the coffee table two coats of Kilz. Two coats of Duck Egg Blue later, the table already looked like it had a makeover.

I knew I wanted to add a boat to my table and thought about using vinyl.  I looked on-line for one to purchase and didn’t find what I wanted, so I painted a boat instead.  I found a boat image that I liked and enlarged it at school with an opaque projector.  I put sheets of carbon paper under the enlarged boat and traced over the lines, easily transferring the image to the coffee table.

Boat Sketch on Coffee Table Transferred Boat Image


I used gloss white latex paint for the boat.  Many thanks to David at The Art Box for helping me pick out small brushes appropriate for painting detail.

Boat Painted on Coffee Table


Rope was nailed to the edge of the coffee table for aesthetic appeal.

Nailing Rope to Coffee Table


I’m loving my nautical themed coffee table and think that the boat, rope and paint color give it a totally new look.

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This coffee table makeover took a lot longer than anticipated but was well worth my time.

Coffee Table Makeover2

Nautical Themed Coffee Table Makeover Before and After by


I am excited to see the other travel themed furniture makeovers in this month’s challenge!  It’s always fun to see how others interpret a theme.

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  1. Fantastic makeover! I love the sailboat — I can just see this in a beach house. Love it!

  2. That is awesome Paula!! The rope is the perfect touch! Love it!


  3. I really like your table Paula. Very Cape Cod looking. I wish I had a projector…but that tracing looks like a lot of work. I wanted to enlarge my sailboats!

  4. I love it, Paula! It would fit right in in my living room. Duck egg is my favorite! Fantastic makeover. 🙂

  5. Helen Crocket says:

    love the look , Just dont like to give my email out to people just to see hoe they did something

  6. Wow, Paula! I just love it. Smart use of the overhead. You did a fabulous job! I’d love to know what the recommended brushes are! I just play around until works. ~Christy

  7. WOW!! I’m going to have to buy it back! 🙂 You did an amazing job. I love the color, I adore the rope – so creative and the boat is the icing on the cake. Seriously, something like that would go well in my little town. Paula, you did an fantabulous job!! So happy for it and you 🙂 Thanks for the shout out too!! <3 Bev

  8. I really love this. So handy that you had the projector to trace you boat. It really turned out great.

  9. Are you selling or stock-piling furniture for a lakehouse someday?

  10. Your nautical coffee table is adorable!

  11. You did a great job with that ship Paula! This turned out so pretty! I love that you added the rope detail!

  12. Love it Paula! I really want to try Duck Egg Blue someday- it’s such a pretty shade of blue! You did a great job painting the sailboat, and the rope trim is the perfect touch- I never would have thought of that!

  13. Paula, I love love love this coffee table makeover! What a fabulous job! The sailboat is amazing! So creative!!! I’m featuring you on fb and pinning! xo

  14. Oh my, this is so clever and so pretty. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  15. Wow! You must have the patience of a saint to go into such detail for the boat. But it is definitely worth it. What a great result! I love the finishing touch of the rope. What a fun theme!

  16. Your table turned out so cute, Paula! Adding the rope gives it a fun edge–very nautical!

  17. This is incredible Paula!

  18. I already told you I love this. Really I do. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks each week. We love seeing you there!

  19. Love this so much I had to make it my main feature at this week’s Project Inspire{d}!

  20. JaneEllen says:

    Well heck, what can I say that hasn’t been said already. That color is so perfect, just a little different than other blues, perfect for your table and that ship, oh my, I’d love to have patience to do something like that, incredible and meticulous work. Bravo Pinning this baby, its so incredible what a difference a coat of paint can make on look of a table or any item actually. Just love that. Happy summer days

  21. JaneEllen says:

    Forgot to say how much I love the rope around table edge. Perfect final touch.


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