Turning Old Coffee Table Into Memory!

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We got married two years ago. We had a country wedding and one of the things I really wanted was for our wedding cake was to be presented on a wooden slice. Hubby's godmother gave us 3 slices from trees in her "backyard" where we got married. Unfortunately, in the action, we totally forgot to use it!

Since then, I am planning a project to use those slices!

My husband had an old yellowish coffee table and I hated it! I decided to transform it into something beautiful... Well, at least that's what I think!
turning old coffee table into memory
First things first, I disassembled everything and sand every pieces. I was positively surprised by the quality of the wood. Under the old varnish, the wood was perfect!
turning old coffee table into memory
I replaced the thin planks on the botton shelf with larger ones (scrap wood from an old bed). I stained all the pieces with Minwax black stain gel and waxed them with Minwax Special dark Paste finishing wax. I then reassembled everytning,
turning old coffee table into memory
I used 2x2 as moulding to create a box where I could display the wooden slices. The edge of the original table being round, I had a big gap to fill with plastic wood.
turning old coffee table into memory
I used oak veneer to cover up the new edges of my table. I used pre-glued CEDAN veneer wich is thick and really easy to install with an iron.
turning old coffee table into memory
In order to create a nice 45 degrees angle, I simply glued one veneer on top of the other and, with a metallic ruler and a knife, I cutted both ply at once. With the iron, I reheated the glue to remove the exceeding parts.
turning old coffee table into memory
Before staining, I made sur the veneer was holding up everywhere and corrected what wasn't good.
turning old coffee table into memory
Time for the fun part! After cutting the slices with a saw bench, I placed some little pieces of wood to leveled up the slices with Gorilla wood glue.
turning old coffee table into memory
While the glue was drying, I spray painted some river rocks (not all of them). I didn't planned on using rocks, but hubby really insisted! I used Rustoleum metallic spray paint. There is no colour name on the can, but it is like a very old and dark bronze. I also used it on the decorative hardware and screws.
turning old coffee table into memory
I mixed and pour concrete. TIPS : I found it easier to add powder to water than the opposite. Wear a mask!! I didn't wear one for my first batch and I feel like my nose is full of concrete! Keep a hammer or a sledgehammer closeby. As soon as you pour the concrete, strikes underneath with the sledgehammer to level the concrete. I put river rocks around the slices of wood ... A little at a time, until I was satisfied with the result.
turning old coffee table into memory
I let it rest for 24 hours. I cleaned everything, added masking tape and poured epoxy. Also used a sledgehammer to level epoxy! I have try several brands of epoxy... The one I truly prefer is Varathan Bar and table finish.
turning old coffee table into memory
Only one last step before I am done. I am already SoOOOooo excited by the almost final look!
turning old coffee table into memory
And now... The final result! I am so happy with my new table!
turning old coffee table into memory
Our wedding, inspired by nature, as my table
Our wedding, inspired by nature, as my table
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  • Alison Bulick Gilroy
    on Sep 8, 2018

    Wow that is stunning! Great job!! I am wondering if one could do this using plaster or some other medium besides concrete? It could become a theme even! You could make end tables, pathways, a large wall clock, pool decking, an umbrella stand, a patio table, a boot scraper even (the built in immobile type)..... Very beautiful and inspirational! Nicely done!

  • Cissie Turner Heird
    on Sep 9, 2018

    where is the CD project?

    • Dfm
      on Apr 8, 2019

      Cissie, it may have been archived- up top there is a box-"find your next project" it may be in that list.



  • Ashley
    on Feb 28, 2019

    I purchased a oak head and foot board from the second hand store. Wanting to cleanup and make changes to it. Any suggestions?

    • John Biermacher
      on Feb 28, 2019

      If you are planning to use it as a bed, the easiest thing is to paint it and sand Some wear spots into it, then wipe with polyurethane for durability and uniform gloss. May want to incorporate a glaze somewhere along the way.

      Lots of bench conversions posted posted on Hometalk.

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  • Maureen
    on Mar 30, 2019

    Awesome makeover!! The coffee table looks amazing!!

  • Shannon
    on Apr 5, 2019

    This is gorgeous! I love your creativity! Thanks for sharing!

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