My First Real Project Post: VHS coffee table.



Hello blog friends,

I’m going to give you a tutorial on one of my favorite projects to date.

I wanted to refinish the top of our coffee table.  It was disgust-o grossout.  We eat most of our dinners there along with nail painting, and  project finishing . So needless to say the table top had scratches, water rings, paint, acetone rings etc.

This project originally started with the idea of using pages from books on film. We drove to John’s favorite thrift store “The Jacksonville Humane Society Thrift Store” and began our search.

We quickly realized that we weren’t going to find what we were looking for easily. Then we got sidetracked as we often do by the collection of VHS tapes. We found some of our favorite when the idea hit me like a ton of bricks. VHS COVERS.  YUP. The movie junkies in us were freaking out.

So we quickly grabbed about 48 of our favorites including 2 copies of Jurassic Park. (Fun fact that’s my favorite movie)

A whole box of VHS tapes!
A whole box of VHS tapes!

John used to frequent this thrift store during his propmaster days so the cashier gave him a great deal on them. SCORE!

We swung by our local home depot to pick up some extra supplies and we were off!

So without further ado.

The VHS cover table top project:


VHS Covers


Sand Paper 80 grit or higher

High Gloss Polyurethane

Foam Brushes

Paint Brushes

Modge Podge (Lot’s of it)



  1.  I think it’s best to start out by cleaning off your work surface. I just cleaned mine with a few Clorox wipes.
  2. photo (13)  Lay out your VHS covers. You might find that you need to cut them down to fit more or you want them to turn them to make a pattern.  This is the creative part. Go Crazy.  For us this took a while. We wanted to feature as many of our faves as possible, but didn’t want to sacrifice the artwork.
  3. Disassemble the VHS box and cut out the desired image.  We used only the front covers but we saved the side titles for a future project.
  4. Sand Down your table. Now I didn’t go crazy sanding the table. I just sanded it so the covers would stick better and then wiped down the table with a damp cloth
  5. Place the vhs covers. Any way you’d like.
  6. Start Modge-Podging.  My method was modge podge the table, the back of the cover, and then over the top. I went through an entire jug of modge podge. No joke.
  7. Let it dry. This is where the patience comes in handy.
  8. Spread an even thin coat of polyurethane over the surface of the table.  (Remember to do this in a well VENTILATED area!!!)
  9. Let dry for 4-5 hours.
  10. Add another coat of Polyurethane.
  11. Let Dry.
  12. Optional Add 1 more coat of Poly.
  13. Let dry.
  14. Add coasters, remotes and  baskets.
  15.   Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed my first project post!


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