My Coffee Table dilemma … help!

So here is my problem. I bought this coffee table thirty years ago. When I bought the table, it was light wood. I had the wood stained dark (gasp!) but at the time I thought that was a good thing. (Of course, I now know it wasn’t.) The table itself is pretty cheap. So it should be replaced. Ideally,  I want either a chippy painted coffee table or a newly found flea market table.


But here is the problem. See those scratches on the edge of the table? Those are from years of soccer and baseball cleats. And the scratches on top? Those are from years of my kids playing and having fun. And the chew marks on the legs? Those are from when Sport was a puppy.


How can I possibly replace this table/ Is there a way to save the memories of this table but also change the look? I think my options are to either replace it, leave it, sand it or paint it. I am leaning towards painting it in a really chippy way, so that the scratches will still be visible. What do you think?

I really need your help.

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3 thoughts on “My Coffee Table dilemma … help!

  1. I would paint it using Annie Sloan chalk paint or for a real chippy look Miss Mustard seed. Thinking of any specispecial color?

  2. I had a kitchen table that had the same love marks. I sanded it down and refinished it with just a clear coat. Some of the deeper marks remained which I was ok with. Maybe give a sanding and cover with paint, then sand the edges to bring out the history. Any way you choose will be the right choice for you because it’s your special table.

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