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.

Coffee Table Makeover4

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.


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

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

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  6. 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

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