Stikwood coffee table update reclaim weathered wood

Coffee Table Reveal

We officially have a coffee table I don’t flinch from. This project might be the most time-sensitive and nerve-wracking one I’ve done so far. I didn’t want to deprive Matt and our roommate of a coffee table for too long, and I also needed to be really careful. With other projects that have involved wood, I had some wiggle room, because lumber isn’t terribly expensive and I could just run out and by more if I needed. Stikwood, however, is a little pricier, especially the option I picked – reclaimed weathered wood.

I initially had a couple of issues with ordering Stikwood, but their customer service is awesome, and I managed to place an order right before the 4th of July weekend. Finally a couple of days ago, I opened it up.

This is what our coffee table used to be like:

Tvilum Samuel Coffee Table

Gross, huh? It took about five cleanings a day to make it look presentable and I was sick of it.

Oh yeah and these lovely dings and scratches existed when we first got it.

Tvilum coffee table scratched

Tvilum Samuel Coffee Table

I got to work filling in the gouges with wood filler, before sanding the entire thing down and priming it. One thing I learned: wait a few seconds for the wood filler to dry the slightest bit; it makes it so much easier to work with. I used both my fingers and a putty knife to shape the edges that had been scraped off. I quickly painted the table the same Sherwin Williams Westhighland White as the accent table (it took about three coats since I only used one coat of primer), took a deep breath, and started tackling the Stikwood.

I had about 10 square feet of the product, and my coffee table surface is 130cm by 60cm. Yeah, it’s in centimeters, you can blame Amazon. (Or thank them, if you’re a product of the metric system – which I am.) So anyway, my initial plan was to do a staggered brick pattern, starting with four planks of 32.5cm each. Unfortunately, the Stikwood comes in various lengths, and with this plan, I would have ended up with a bunch of smaller leftover pieces that were the wrong size. I went with five planks of 26cm each, instead. Another issue: each piece was 5 inches, or just over 12cm wide, and the width of my table works out to 5 x 12cm. I decided to trim the top and bottom rows, but keep the middle ones intact. This was a good plan because as it turns out, taking a jig saw to an incredibly thin plank of wood, to cut off less than a centimeter? Bad idea. As in, splinters-everywhere, mangled-wood bad. Tip two: try everything out on a sample piece when you’re new to a method, or new to a product. Keep in mind this is reclaimed wood, so it’s inherently delicate. Something like engineered wood may not have had this problem.

I used a box cutter to trim the pieces, which was relatively easy because I was going with the wood grain.

Box  cutter Stikwood-2

That large piece is an old project remnant I used to protect the table. The incredibly thin piece I’m holding is a piece of Stikwood

The rest were easy enough to cut down with the jig saw. I realized that the bottom of my sample piece was cleaner than the top when I first tried out a cut. I’d faced the splintering problem with my clothes rack too, but hadn’t realized that the bottom was better. So, tip three: to avoid splintering and chipping on the top of your wood surface (aka the part that will show), cut with the planks face down. Worked like a charm for the rest of my pieces.

Stikwood planks-2

After I had all the right sized planks (since it was a  staggered design, two rows had a 13cm-26cmx4-13cm configuration), it was amazingly easy. The adhesive strips at the back of the planks are really strong, and held on really well. Once that was done, I sealed it with a coat of water-based polycrylic. I don’t want anything happening to this table!

The weathered wood has gray and wood tones, and I love how it looks against the white table. It’s brightened up the seating area without being sterile, and I couldn’t be happier. Let’s do a comparison for fun, shall we?

Tvilum Samuel Coffee Table

Bleh

And after:

stikwood reclaimed weathered wood

I love the texture and grain.

Stikwood coffee table update reclaim weathered wood

One more quick thing – as you can see, I’m working on changing the blog design. More things may be tweaked in the next week, so don’t be surprised if something changes!

xo Rucha

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Coffee Table Updates: The Final Plan

Stikwood reclaimed weathered wood planked wall

Source: Stikwood

Technological developments are a beautiful thing. I don’t just mean gadgets (although somehow I’m quite a bit more gadget-crazy than my tech-industry husband), but developments and innovation that make old school tasks that much simpler.

Enter Stikwood, the answer to my coffee table dilemma. I found it earlier this week while clicking around on Fancy.com, which is a black hole of pretty things I often can’t afford. Never let it be said that spending time on the internet is a waste – I wouldn’t find half the stuff I do if my 3rd hobby weren’t online browsing. On Fancy it said that Stikwood was $200, but when I went over to their site I realized it was priced per square foot. Glory glory hallelujah, I think I can make that work for my tiny coffee table.

So what is Stikwood? They have a collection of reclaimed and non-reclaimed wood planks that come with an adhesive backing. Goodbye liquid nails and nail guns – you can use these on pretty much any clean, primed surface. I love that the material is real wood, sustainable, eco-friendly and low-voc. I’m not the most careful when it comes to being environmentally friendly but I do try, and when something like this is staring me in the face, I can’t hate!

Their boards are thin (which is actually part of what makes them more sustainable than your average plank), but their customer service rep assured me that I could rip or cut one down to my liking, and seal it with water-based poly. They also give you the option of buying pre-sealed planks at an added $1/sqft which is awesome. I showed Matt their site today and he’s on board (pun unintended), so I’ll be placing an order soon. We just have to narrow down the color we want – we both really like the reclaimed weathered wood:

Stikwood reclaimed weathered wood

 

Source: Stikwood

Isn’t it gorgeous? I think it has enough gray in it to look fine against our charcoal Karlstad (or even against white covers, if I ever convince Matt to get them), but still look good against the white/ivory that I plan on painting the coffee table. This picture actually shows more gray in it; the planked wall above is a better representation of what it looks like.

There’s also a reclaimed weathered gray option but it has too little actual gray in it to be a practical choice for a table top that I’m pretty set on painting white or off-white:

Reclaimed weathered gray stikwood

 

Source: Stikwood

If we decide against the weathered options, my favorite is the black cherry:

Stikwood black cherry

 

Source: Stikwood

The red tones are beautiful, but they might be too much against the mostly-red and orange cushion fabric and copper accents we currently have going on in the living room.

I hope Stikwood is around in a few years when we buy a place because I can bet I’ll want to get a few different styles. I never realized I might like a planked kitchen island until I saw this:

Stikwood weathered white kitchen island

Source: Stikwood

I think the thinness of the planks allows the look to stay light and seamless rather than overly rustic. Seriously, they can have my money.

I’ll be placing an order tomorrow so keep an eye out for that project to (finally!) reach its conclusion.

xo Rucha