Old Book Page Coffee Table


 I picked this old coffee table up on ebay.
I hadn't redone a coffee table before,
and I was interested to see what I could do with it.


Here she is in all her original brown glory,
laminate top and all.
Something they forgot to mention in the ebay listing.
I always tend to steer clear of laminate.
It's just plain scary hoping the paint will stick.

So for this project I did some research and decided to try
Zinsser Oil Based Cover Stain primer.
 Other posts had raved about it.
And the can said no sanding, will adhere to shiny surfaces
(such as laminate) and will block stains including tanin.
So I gave my table one coat of Cover Stain,
then after that had dried I applied a coat of semi gloss paint.  

But when I brought it inside that night to inspect it after it dried,
I noticed there was already a bit of scratched off paint on the top, grrr..
AND massive tanin stains had seeped through the paint on the legs.
Can you see the brown patches on the legs above?

Then I scratched the top surface with my fingernail and the paint flaked off.
Like this...

If you have used it, any suggestions what I did wrong?
I'm guessing I didn't mix it properly.

As it was Friday night, I still wanted to finish this project on the weekend.
So I pulled out my White Knight  Stain Stop Binder and gave the whole piece 2 coats.  

This covered the stains well.  

Next morning I added a coat of white chalk paint all over.
And this seemed to stop the top from flaking. Woohoo! :)

After taking it outside I distressed the table on all the edges
but wanted to add some detail to the top.
I thought about painting a graphic on,
but my love of old book pages won out.  

So out with my Modge Podge and old book of Shakespeare
in front of the tv after the kids went to bed.
It didn't take very long to cover at all. :)

I let it dry over night and then the next morning sprayed on a coat of
White Knight Clear Gloss to seal and protect the entire table.

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. :)

The book pages will protect the laminate top so I don't have to 
worry about scratches or flaking at all now.

Tea anyone?  And that is my coveted, we don't drink out of,
look but don't touch, Royal Doulton tea cup and saucer on the table.  :)  
Isn't the colour gorgeous!

P.S. Take a peak up in the left hand corner of this photo.
That is the leg of my redone writing desk.
It's exactly the same design as the coffee table legs!!!
Queen Anne style. I love that it matches. :)

P.P.S. I emailed Rustoleum who makes the Zinsser paint about
my concerns and received a reply today advising it does
take 3-5 days for the paint to fully cure.
They also offered to come out and inspect the table. 
I thought that was really great customer service.
I'm going to try it on another project and see how it turns out. :)

:) Julie