Plank Top Coffee Table

Wow, this coffee table has had a few makeovers in it's time. 

When I got it back in March last year it looked like this ...

 I sanded the top back and painted the legs black.
But there was this little grease mark on the top which always bothered me.
Nor was I overly keen on the parquetry style wood.

So a couple of weeks later I dry brushed white paint over the top, 
discretely covering the stain.

Three months later and I painted the legs white. (And rearranged my furniture, hehe.)

A few weeks ago I decided I wasn't totally happy with the dry brushing on top. 
So I tried to sand the top back again. 
Unfortunately my sander left lots of gouges in the top. 
It looked terrible. 
So to cover it, I went a little crazy and painted the top navy. 
I know, crazy right.

And you could still see the gouges. 

I really wanted to keep this table as I love the size. 
The only solution was to replace the top. 

I've never tried to plank the top of a piece of furniture so now was my chance.

I worked out my measurements and took myself off to Masters Hardware.

I picked up 7 planks of 89mm x 19mm x 1.2metres long. My table measured 118 x 60cms so this left me with a bit of overlap. And for only $3.49 a plank the total cost was just under $25. 

I screwed my planks in place from underneath, as well as using Liquid Nails to secure them in place. 
(Sorry, so busy I forgot to snap a picture.)

I decided to use one coat of black stain to make the planks look old and weathered.
I used British Paints Interior stain in Black.

Brushing the stain on and then wiping it off with an old t-shirt almost immediately.

Then I sealed the top with 3 coats of Cabot's Cabothane Clear for furniture.  

This coffee table gets a lot of use from the kids so I wanted to make sure it was thoroughly sealed and could just wipe clean. 

I am really happy with how it turned out. Definitely a keeper. 

:) Julie


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