I found this coffee table last week and knew when I first saw it that it should be black & white. At first look, it was a typical 90’s table with a creamy-yellow painted base and a pine top that had several clear coats of polyurethane – which also made the top very yellow. It had a broken leg and some children’s primary-color paint spilled in the drawers, which is probably why is was discarded.
To me these were easy fixes! So I loaded it in my SUV and headed to my garage (aka Workshop).
I loved the fact that it had two huge drawers for storage.
But what really got me were the chunky legs and the beveled edges on the tabletop.
Two hours later I made a dent in the polyurethane with my brand new DeWalt hand sander. I love this tool! It’s a must-have for anyone that intends on stripping and painting wood pieces.
To match my own style, I opted to paint the bottom white (it’s actually off-white). The top was stained with Minwax Ebony stain to achieve a black & white effect.
To protect the tabletop from water marks, I used two coats of wax as a topcoat.
The wax resulted in a very subtle sheen without looking anything like the original polyurethane that was on the table when I found it.
I had every intention of selling this piece once it was completed, but instead found a perfect spot for it in a sitting area in my kitchen/dining room. So there it will stay until I need a change.
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