But summer is over and fall is here and that means less time outdoors and more time indoors. I recently brought up to my hubby that we need a new coffee table. Every time I mention purchasing a new piece of furniture, i.e. a table, end tables, shelving unit etc, he says "oh I could make that". So I challenged him to this and asked if he would make me a coffee table as we were using an ottoman as our coffee table. So down to the workshop he went and I am happy to say he constructed a beautiful coffee table for us. It was a joint effort project however as he did the construction but the painting and staining was left to me.
He started off by measuring and cutting all the boards all the boards. He used ceramic tile spacers in between each board to ensure that each board was spaced the same.
I wanted the table to have that industrial look where the base looked like steel and the top rustic. So I started off with painting the base in flat black. I also wanted the tope to have that worn and weather wood look so I hammered and banged the wood up to give it that beaten and worn look. The I then proceeded to stained the boards first with a stain I made with steel wool and apple cider vinegar.
Once the boards were stained and dry, I applied another stain that I had mixed at the hardware store called "Driftwood" which was very grey in colour. I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out the way I had envisioned but what the heck give it a try. Well I was happy to see that once the driftwood stain dried the darker stain was peaking through.
I was so happy and pleased at how it all turned out. Here it is in all it's glory in our family room. Next on to the end tables.....stay tuned!