And then, I saw this... and I thought, peeerfect!
First, I painted it with a couple of coats of off-white. Then, the real work began.
We started out by screwing in 3 1”x3” pieces of wood to securely hold our repurposed wood-slat top. Then, we measured our slats and figured out that we needed to add a 1/4” piece of plywood so that our slats would sit level with the rest of the table. You can see how they are layered in the picture below.
Our slats fit very tightly into place. So, we were able to flip the board on its side, and I held the slats into their spots while my husband screwed them in from the bottom. It is very helpful here to drill pilot holes, and then put in your screws.
After it was all put together, I distressed it with sandpaper and wiped it down. Then, I sealed it with some Polyacrylic.
And there you have it... Our beautiful, vintage refinished coffee table!