Tucked away in the far back corner of our old garage sat a beat up coffee table that I had never seen before. It had been abandoned by an old roommate of Dillon’s. It was covered in nicks and a nice chunk of wood was missing from one of the four legs. I thought about putting it on the curb for someone to pick up but I changed my mind and moved it to our new home.
Ever since I received my power sander for Christmas two years ago I had been itching for a furniture project. I decided to turn this old coffee table into a bench for additional seating in our home. This is how I did it.
What you’ll need:
A power sander (if you don’t have one you can do this by hand)
New stain or paint
I applied a layer of stripper to the table and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I then began scraping off the stain with a scraper. After I scraped as much as I could I began sanding. I didn’t sand this piece down perfectly. I left spots of the original stain on the legs and sides to give it a distressed look.
I think I despise stripping wood more than sanding it. It took me two applications of stripper and a lot of head scratching to finally realize the top of the table was fake vinyl but the rest of it was real wood. Lesson learned haha
I used a black paint to cover the top of the table. After it dried it only needed a light second coat. The table originally had two bars running across the legs but one side was missing. The other was missing a chunk of wood. I contemplated replacing them but decided to remove it.
The finished bench is tucked away in our front entryway. I love it.