Follow these instructions to craft a coffee table that reflects both your style and your do-it-yourself ingenuity.
Consider painting the decorative brackets before adhering them to the table since that might make it easier to coat the small openings and curves with paint. For the best-looking finish, use a wood conditioner before priming and painting unfinished furniture. If staining, top with clear polyurethane.
If you've got a taste for traditional and want to update your living room, follow our step-by-step instructions for stenciled style.
Use low-tack painter's tape for delicate surfaces for the best results.
This country-style table is both pretty and practical thanks to a clutter-concealing skirt attached with hook-and-loop tape. To get this weathered look, follow our step-by-step instructions.
For a finish that's even more distressed, coat the table with a clear sealer before painting the red coat. Use a coarser-grit sandpaper and sand through the red coat to expose the table's wood tone.
When filing and sanding the aluminum angle, tiny bits of metal will scatter. Be sure to work on a protected surface and take care when cleaning up.
Resources: Unfinished wood coffee table 683W Seneca Coffee Table from Whittier Wood, www.whittierwood.com. Backplates and pulls Van Dyke's Restorers.