Coffee Table With Granite Top – Revival of antique furniture is a much loved hobby in my house. There’s a reupholstered sofa in the sunroom, knotted wooden chairs with new plush seat covers in the dining room, and a mid-century dresser in the bedroom that’s gotten a few coats of paint on the split veneer shell.
Earlier this spring, the wood veneer surface of our Craigslist coffee table had some wear and tear. It didn’t bother me too much, but my husband Austin wanted to try and cover the top with concrete to give it a different look. We sanded it and then we poured the concrete. It was not a great success. The next morning the sides had already detached from the concrete surface and it didn’t look like a long-term solution. We removed the concrete layer to find that the wood veneer had absorbed moisture from the concrete and now looked worse than ever. I’m sure we could have done more research and tried to make the concrete work, but it was such a disappointment that we just started looking for new coffee tables.
Coffee Table With Granite Top
One thing we both really liked about our coffee table was the design of the legs. Instead of individual legs attached to brackets like most tables we’ve seen from the 1950s and 1960s, this one had solid wood legs that were joined together in the center. When I started looking at replacement tables, I kept coming back to what I liked about the one we already had. Austin had a great idea to go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and see if there were any stone pieces that could work as a replacement table piece instead of getting a new coffee table.
Minimalist Design Coffee Table
Luckily, there were about 20 pieces of 2 x 3 foot Sierra White Granite that were just the right size and $40 apiece. The only problem was that they all had 2 inch holes drilled for plumbing fixtures. Austin came up with a solution and we went for it. The DIY project was much more doable for us than the concrete top and we completed it in less than an hour. I hope this project inspires you to reimagine pieces in your home!
Place the table on its top. Use a hacksaw to separate the legs from the top at the seam.
Lay the leg set right side up and gently sand the base of the leg where the top was removed.
Coffee Table With Granite Look Top Finish:black/medium Oak
Place the leg frame where the coffee table will go. While the furniture bumpers and the weight of the stone top will ensure that the table is stable for everyday use, it will be too heavy to adjust and move around easily as a two piece.
If your piece of stone has a pre-cut hole that needs to be plugged, use a drill with a hole saw attachment about 1/4 inch larger than the hole to cut a disc from scrap hardwood (we used walnut). Use sandpaper to clean up the edges and polish the sides until the disc fits into the hole with a little pressure. Place the disk in the hole, place a towel on top and tap it lightly until it settles in place. Our original idea was to hammer it until it matched the tabletop, but in the end we liked the look of it sticking out of the surface.
Place the stone surface on the feet with another person and readjust until it’s centered – and you’re done!