This coffee table was a garage sale find that my in-laws used at their shorehouse. I think they bought it for $10! My mother-in-law gave it a makeover shellacking the top so the grandkids wouldn't damage it with their juiceboxes. I don't have photos of what it looked like back then, but the whole piece is made of wood and had a shellacked orange glow.
When my in-laws sold their beach house, my husband and I took some of the furniture for our home. At the time, the coffee table was perfect for our living room. It fit into our decor style and there was no chance my young kids could damage it. And even if they did, it was a $10 garage sale find so who cares!
After having it a few years, I refinished the bottom of the piece so it didn't look as orange. I left the top intact so my kids couldn't wreck it with their drinks. Yes - it was that well shellacked! I'm telling you - my mother-in-law wasn't messing around!
When I refinished the bottom, I had very little experience working with furniture so this was a great opportunity to get my feet wet. I spent an afternoon sanding, painting and distressing the bottom. For a few years, it looked pretty good. But as time went on, the shiny orange finish really bothered me.