Revitalized Slate Tables

My brother gave me his coffee table and end table as a wedding gift.  I adore them.  The slate is beautiful and I don’t need hot pads or coasters because, well… it’s rock.

End table: Before 
Coffee table: Before
Don’t mind the dog toys…

I had, however, noticed that both tables scratched easily and were difficult to clean.  With a little scrubbing, both problems were easily resolved, but this happened frequently, which troubled me.  The tables always looked great right after they were washed, but when they dried, they returned to an almost chalky texture.  So, I decided to simply seal the slate with the help of my trusty friend, polyurethane.

First, I cleaned and disinfected both tables very well.  I went through a whole roll of paper towels just to do so — that’s how dirty these tables constantly were.  After the rock was dry, I brushed on one thin coat of polyurethane to each section.  I applied a second coat about an hour later to ensure that the tables could survive a good beating.  The result:  Sealed slate that is still impervious to heat and liquids.

End table: After 
Coffee table: After

I love the glossy look and feel of the tables now!  They always appear freshly cleaned and polished.  They are scratch proof, dirt proof, and the polyurethane truly enhanced the natural colors of the slate.  It was a great, subtle change.

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