We found a “new” coffee table last week in my favorite used furniture shop. It has an industrial look that goes perfect in our living room and it didn’t have all the damage our old coffee table has…and the price was ridiculously cheap. I just couldn’t pass it up!
When we took the old table outside, with twelve years of scratches and dents on the surface, I thought this solid wood piece still had a chance to look good again. I wanted to brighten it up with paint but wanted to keep the wood look on top with stain, similar to what I did with our outdoor buffet.
Looking past the scratches and seeing the beautiful wood grain, it was definitely worth saving, don’t you think? Out came the sander and my paint brushes, and I got to work right away, completely sanding the top of our old coffee table.
As I was shopping at Home Depot to get the rest of my supplies, I found this beautiful gray tinted stain from Minwax. Although the idea dawned on me to use the gray stain for this project when I came across it, I have to give credit to Pinterest. I have seen quite a few tables and other furniture pieces with gray-stained tops and painted bases. I though the classic gray stain would be perfect for this project!
I stained the top with one coat and was so happy with the color and coverage, I didn’t add a second. I love how it turned out, and that I could still see the knots and the wood grain through the stain.
I decided it was best to stain first in case I had any drips, then I added a coat of primer on the base after that.
For the finishing touches, I coated the gray stain with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane (satin finish), to give it a strong protected surface. It did darken the color a little, but I really like how it turned out!
The paint I used on the base was Benjamin Moore’s Waterborne Satin Impervo, which is the same paint I used to cover our kitchen cabinets. A great paint that has a strong surface!
I cleaned the drawer pulls as best as I could, but they have some damage still. I like how closely the color of the pulls are to the gray stain, so I left them alone instead of spray painting them another color.
I’m so happy with how it turned out! It looks bright and new again and I had fun gathering a few pieces I had around the house to decorate the top before photographing (nothing like a few HomeGoods finds). Now, I just have to decide what to do with it. It might be a new addition to our family room as long as it doesn’t get in the way of us playing the Wii.