Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Not-So-New Kitchen Table

I am so excited to finally post this...it's been a looong one in the making. You know the type if project...you buy the item off Craig, it sits in your garage while you finish up other projects, your husband complains about the room it's taking up and you say "but I've got a vision!". Been there, right? Right? (tell me I'm not alone ;)

Anyway, I found this table on Craigslist after searching (and searching) for a round dining table at the right price. I was willing to put in the work, but didn't want to spend over $50...and I didn't want chairs. It had to be 48" in diameter...not 42 or 52. Not an easy task. This is what I finally found for $45



Solid pine with a pedestal base...exactly what I wanted, minus the grooves on the top, but everything else was perfect. See the pedestal? Yeah...it had seen better days due to a dog chewing on it. Come to think of it, there was no dog around when I went to pickup the table. Guessing at the amount of wood he consumed, maybe that's why he wasn't around :(

Anyway, this is what we had in our kitchen space prior to the round table. WAY, WAY to big for the space. What you can't see from the picture is that the table butts up right to the family room and right to the island on the other side. Too.big.


On to the round table rehab...I saw my inspiration at Stories of a House . The look of this table was exactly what I was wanting. Christa was amazing with answering a few questions I had about stripping, wood color, etc. Check out her blog if you haven't yet!

I stripped the top with Citrustrip and even after scrubbing it with steel wool AND Citrustrip and lots of sanding, it was still pretty uneven. Enter Minwax Pre Stain wood conditioner...amazing. It really evened out the imperfections.

I stained the top with 2 coats of Minwax Fruitwood stain...I tried a few others first but this was exactly the color I wanted. Not too red, not too gray. Then I painted the pedestal and apron black and distressed it. I love distressing...it's so unpredictable and fun! After that, I did a wipe on poly on the whole thing. I love wipe on poly, but for a table top, it needed something more, so I did another coat of brush on poly on the top. Perfection! After the table was in place, I nearly teared up...it's SO much better in this space and gives it much more character. Even the chairs from the old table work!

As a refresher, here was my inspiration by Christa


And here is my new to me, kitchen table!










Wheee! I love it! Now, about that light fixture....
~Allison


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17 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks wonderful!!! the black really gives it more weight and a more classic vibe.

Chrissie said...

Your table looks great! It's perefect for your space!

Sanctuary Home said...

Awesome!!!

April said...

I love the new look of the table. It's a lot more up to date. This is probably a dumb question but is the wipe on poly called that or does it have a different name. I'm only familiar with the poly you have to brush on that is super temperamental. I've been redoing some pieces of my own but due to the difficulty of my poly I haven't done a sealing coat yet. I'd love to know what you used.
Thanks

Inspired by you said...

Looks great!

Pattie said...

It turned out wonderful. I had the same situation, but I went the other direction with color. I painted the top black, because it was not real wood, press board, and left the bottom natural, real wood. Yours turned out so much better.
Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

thanks for stopping by my blog type A and leaving a comment. your table is great too, and you did an awesome job refinishing it.

patrice @ duplicity furnishings said...

This table is absolutely beautiful! And I know the feeling about having a vision that just seems to take up space...until they can see what you do with it ;)

Brandi said...

LOVE IT! You did an awesome job girl! too bad about that dog! LOL : )

ps I love your rug under the table too!

craftyles said...

WOnderful redo! It looks great in the space!

Benn's Wife said...

Your table turned out so pretty. Good job!

Tara Lauren said...

That table looks amazing! Good work girl!

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Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

This is amazing!! Thanks so much for stopping by rosyredbuttons.blogspot.com, following you back!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

TABLE LOOKS GREAT IM LOOKING FOR A TABLE LIKE THIS FOR MY DINING ROOM.LOVE THE WOOD TOP AND PAINTED LEGS...

daphne sy said...

yeah me too, my dad need this. It's perfect for the small space like mine:)

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Christa @ Stories of a House said...

I love your table!

Kreative Knack said...

HI! Ok so I have been running around your blog for the last 10 minutes now and have wanted to comment on how much I love everyone! but I totally didn't want to seem like a stalker...so that aside, I have loved everything you have posted about! I am your newest follower! Hope you have a wonderful night!!!!
Nikki