Awhile back a sweet friend of mine asked me to help her freshen up her newly purchased home. As a new homeowner moving from a small apartment to a larger single family home, she had a lot of space to fill on a relatively small budget. Filling the house with all new furniture was just too expensive, so we decided to get creative with some of her existing pieces. My friend loved the look of her rustic, planked dining room table and asked if I could help her achieve a similar look with her sturdy, but outdated coffee table. Closer inspection of the dining table revealed that the “planks” were not really planks at all, but simply deep grooves cut into a solid piece of wood, giving the illusion of planks! I wondered if I could do the same thing with the coffee table, using the existing wood top. Painting the base of the table and “planking” the top would give this piece the updated, fresh look we were after.