By Alyssa Clough

Published on March 11, 2016

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This silver and white nesting coffee tables are only a little bit sad.

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But they were given a whole new life with the help of some contact paper (for the table and legs!).

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The intricate woodworking looks cool, but feels outdated as a glass top coffee table.

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This coffee table didn’t stay a coffee table, but became a (very pretty) bench

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This regular, old coffee table isn’t bad, but it could definitely use an upgrade.

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This is an especially fun project if you have small children—just be prepared for the mess!

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The white top is nice, but the legs could use some work.

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This after photo is proof of how small details can make a big impact on your space.

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The Lack coffee table is an Ikea Hack classic.

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Just as before, adding modern wooden legs to this Lack table top completely transformed the vibe of the room.

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This coffee table was just one small project in a larger living room makeover. 

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The white-painted base combined with the marble top creates a rustic-modern contrast that works for the space.

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This old, dirty coffee table is in bad shape.

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There’s no reason not to make a statement with your coffee table! After all, if you tire of the pastel hue, simply paint it again.

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These black nesting table frames are fine, but metallic would be WAY more fun.

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The white bottom is a nice, light base for the metallic nesting tables. All you need is a plan and some spray paint! 

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All you need is some loose plywood to cover the top of your coffee table. This DIY just happens to start with a base and no top.

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Stacking plywood creates a smooth surface and interesting table top.

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Ditch weathered table tops (or just add more wood on top!) for a more custom feel.

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The great thing about adding plywood to the top of your coffee table is that you can choose the stain that best matches your space.