The first thing you need to do is spend some time contemplating how to remove the top. Oh, and to find a place to store the slate top until needed again. No problem, it resided under our living room couch until needed. 🙂
“It looks like there are screws. I think we will remove the top to make it easier to paint and to see if any repairs are needed.”
After many minutes of contemplating, the screws were removed. The only repair needed actually was one section on the bottom needed some glue.