Okay I lied. I wasn’t able to finish off the updates I mentioned. Can you tell I have some adjusting to do when it comes to my workout-cook-work-blog scheduling?
I went over some ideas I had in mind for the coffee table instead. I mentioned here that our coffee table needs some major sprucing up. The melamine is chipped and I’m not a fan of the brown-black, even though it does go pretty well with our Expedit.
I want something that’s eye-catching but subtle. I know for sure that I want to paint the whole thing a off-white or ivory to begin with, and cover it with a wood tone top.
I mentioned in that post that I didn’t want to plank it, but I’m also not positive about just adding a new top and finishing it. By the way, I totally have a Jigsaw now, which may be the cause for my sudden ambition – my previous plan involved having Home Depot cut my plywood down to exactly what I needed. But with a Jigsaw, I can play around with ideas a little bit.
I spied Design Manifest’s gorgeous barn wood wall during the One Week Challenge, and loved how the staggered planks looked.
I’m not sure how great that will look with smaller pieces though. I can see a pattern like that looking great with narrower/shorter pieces – on a floor. Or even a wall. But while the staggered look and (hopefully) barely-there seams courtesy of my Jigsaw might get me the modern look, it doesn’t quite feel right.
That, I found while going through old inspiration emails I’d saved. I saw that on Design*Sponge ages ago, and thought it was really cool. I don’t think I can pull something like that off, but it’s certainly a fantastic source of inspiration (and maybe a project for 5 years down the road).
My finishing touch – which will really bring out the contrast between the creamy white and the dark wood top – is going to be a bar top finish. I know Envirotex Lite has some good reviews, so that’s an option, though I’m concerned about getting a too-thick coating.
Look how glossy!
A less glossy but equally beautiful option is Tung oil, which I’ve heard is great for finishing wood. That idea is definitely a maybe because it depends on a) if I use real wood/plywood as opposed to veneer and b) if it’s safe for the cats.
Considering how glossy the sheens are, maybe I should just worry less about the design of the top I end up deciding on.
I’m excited to tackle this one in the upcoming weeks!