I bought this table from Ikea quite a while ago, like years. It is the table they call Lack. It is a very simple, straightforward design. This simple table is not lacking style anymore.
So it was buried under chair parts, go figure and a few headboards that I will make into benches. I dragged it out the other day determined to spruce it up.
Through the years when I thought about this simple table, I had various ideas but none of them gelled. Then I finally decided I was going to take it up a notch and give it style. I think this could be called Modern Rustic?
The first thing I did was pull out boards from pallets along with some leftover boards a friend dropped off after he worked on his sister’s house. I decided I would alternate between the pallet boards and the wider boards to give the top a design. I got out the miter saw and started measuring and cutting.
Once the boards were cut to size I glued the bottom and clamped the board so it wouldn’t move as I nailed the board down. When I got to the last board it overlapped a little bit. I marked the overlap and used the jigsaw to trim it up. Then I glued and nailed it down. I also used the nail set to hammer in the nail heads. Using the wood filler, the holes got filled.
Next step was to start sanding with a 60 grit sandpaper and then the 220. I started off using the belt sander and sanded the top and sides. Then I switched to the orbital. Once I felt it was smooth and as level, as it would be I did a final sanding using the 220 grit sandpaper on the orbital.
Let the fun begin, I decided to use up the Rust Stain I made when I created the trays. I really like how it is translucent. For the first coat I used a sponge brush but on the subsequent coats, I used a paper towel to rub it on. It ended up with about 4 coats of stain.
Once the table top was dry I brushed on Polycrylic. I put on 4 coats. I like how the rust stain is translucent. Between the rust stain and poly, it really brings out the grain and knots. The tabletop has such character now. I put the legs on the table and this simple table is not lacking style anymore.
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3-2.5 boards from pallet 2- 1 x 4 boards
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