My husband was given an old kitchen table that belonged to his great aunt. We didn't really have a place for it so RD had a great idea to turn it into a coffee table. He cut the legs off and painted it beige. To protect the top from spills, he put several coats of polyurethane on it. It turned out great. My son has been using it in his house while he has been in college. I'm thinking of bringing it home and using it in my sunroom.
You can still see all the scratches that were made over the years.