70's Coffee Table Redo

Don't cha love a bargain? I picked up this huge coffee table that was soooo 70's with a plan. (It's actually a 1968 dated piece, but we saw this style hang around in the 70's)
I loved the carved look in the front.
(It's a plastic formed front... ugh)
After cleaning and sanding a bit, I painted the table with turquoise. (love that color) Then I sanded to give it the distressed look... not too much.
Then I worked on the pallet wood. Full of nails and staples, I removed them and not too carefully because the marks would be the look I was going for.
I sanded the boards, then filled in the cracks, staple and nail holes with wood filler mixed with a bit of dark stain and onyx stain. I used dowels for the missing knots to fill in those holes.
After the wood filler dried, I sanded the entire surface.
This technique was giving the wood an aged and distressed look before staining.
Then stained.
After the stain dried, I applied polyurethane.
Then I added black nail tacks to accent the piece on the top and around the base in various places.
Who knew this was so 70's now?
It looks like it has been rustic and southwestern all of its life.
See more details on the tutorial.

Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
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