Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Room for Improvement: Coffee Table
Have you ever had an old table that just doesn't work for you anymore? Makeover master Martin Amado knows the feeling, and he's here tonight to show us how to make your coffee table look like new again.
Martin Amado: "On today's Room For Improvement," we have a special do-it-yourself project that will give an old piece of furniture a new facelift, and the best part is you don't have to spend too much money.
Martin Amado: "I'm here shopping at one of my favorite places, the Habitat ReStore in Fort Lauderdale. They have so much to look at, and of course I'm tying to find that perfect piece that I can work my magic on."
Martin Amado: "You can find anything you need for the home here; everything from from decorating to remodeling supplies, and remember, these are all donations, and the proceeds go to the Habitat For Humanity. And this coffee table right here has my name on it.
Martin Amado: "So this table is a great price, it's only $25, but if you look closely at the surface, it does have some minor scratches, so the idea is to add a decorative panel in the very center to give it more style and hide the defects."
Martin Amado: "Perfect color!"
Martin Amado: "Supplies that you need for this DIY project: a miter box kit, some spray paint, a Brad nail gun or even some adhesive strips, molding and either fabric or wallpaper. Let's get started."
Martin Amado: "Most of the scratches are located right here in the center of the table, so I cut my wallpaper in a perfect square, and this still leaves me a five-inch border all the way around, and I love the contrast between the two textures."
Martin Amado: "A good tip to hold the wallpaper in place is to use some double-sided adhesive strips."
Martin Amado: "Now this is where your miter kit comes in handy. No power tools required, just a little bit of muscle."
Martin Amado: "Perfect!"
Martin Amado: "Now you have two options here. You can either stain the wood or paint it. In our case, we're painting it a chocolate brown to match the wood surface."
Martin Amado: "Our moldings are dry, so let's install them using a Brad nail gun."
Martin Amado: "Don't worry if you have any minor gaps in the corners or even the nail holes. We can easily cover that using some wood putty."
Martin Amado: ""The surface is looking good, but if you notice here in the corners, we do have some nicks in the wood, so a quick fix is to use a touch-up pen."
Martin Amado: ""We spent $25 on the table, about $10 dollars in supplies and we have a piece of furniture that looks brand new, and the best part is we did it ourselves. I'm Martin Amado and I'll see you next time on another Room for Improvement."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Martin Amado's Website: http://www.martinamado.com/
505 West Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312-1743