A few weeks ago I bought an Ektorp loveseat and I also had a Hemnes coffee table sitting in the garage, plain and white and perfectly fine on its own, but I wanted to hack it into something more unique. Since I was going for the rustic look I didn’t mind if there were teensy tiny nails exposed on the surface, and since the stain I choose was gray they virtually disappeared.
I used two coats of the same stain I used on this planter bench but if you want to buy it note it’s been rebranded under the RustOleum label in the same weathered gray shade. I have not added a protective coat yet but I don’t want it to be shiny so I’m going to use either a clear paste wax or this matte polyurethane to preserve the rustic weathered look of the wood.
I used the white version of the coffee table, but I’d love to repeat this project in another space with the black base and a walnut stained top as darker more masculine style.