The dark wood and black center insert just weren't working for me. I considered trying to pull out the middle and laying mosaic, but upon further investigation I realized the black board was the only thing in the center.
Not wanting to do serious measuring/construction on a cheap table, I decided to just paint the wood and cover the middle.
Emma provided moral support.
Please excuse the darkness. It was probably about midnight when I finished.
An improvement, no?
Close-up of the decoupage.
It was an easy project. I got a lot of mileage out of can of white primer. Then I only had to buy paper and decoupage paste, which wasn't terribly expensive.
I have to say, I'm super happy with the changes in the living room. I have a few more projects to post still, then I'll be doing some total room pics!