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Coffee table - into an outdoor bench, indoor bench, or other?

I have an older coffee table, and I don't know what it's made of. I am guessing it's from the 70's. It is heavy and part of the wood is curved on the edges. It's dark brown with a reddish tint, and when it gets wet, the top layer turns white quickly. When it dries, the white goes away. The surface looks a bit dull and scratched, but not too bad. Cleaning doesn't make it look better, and furniture polish only helps a bit.

I was wondering if I can waterproof it somehow, and place it outside as a bench/footstool/table. Of course it'd be a bench with no back if it become a bench. How many layers would I need, and how much would it cost? How much cheaper if I wanted to improve it but only use it indoors, so it didn't need to be waterproof? I can't use it the way it is now, because I accidentally got some scent in it and because I hate how you can't even sit a drink on it now.

Also would MinWax work? Because I have some of that left over.

I am also interested in other ideas for what to make of it. Or I will sell it off cheaply if I don't have an idea I like (that's relatively cheap and easy!), so someone else can enjoy it for a while. Thanks.
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Stranger, have you tried sanding it down and restaining it?

Also, just from my short experience here, if you have some pics and maybe some rough sketches on your thoughts, these gentleman here can really give you some good advice. good luck with it. I will look forward to seing what you come up with in the end.
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