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Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you all got to enjoy some fun in the sun this weekend!

If you’ve been following along with me on Facebook or Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been hard at work on this seemingly never ending project for weeks now! You may even remember a picture toting the hashtag #thisbetterbeworthit. It was a longer process than I had imagined (made longer than it should have been by my eagerness to get it done) – so, you can imagine my excitement today, after what feels like an eternity of working on it, to FINALLY share my Kitchen Table Makeover!
 
 
How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains
 
 
It all started with an old oak table that I found on a local buy & sell site. I’d been picturing this exact table, well my made over version of it, in our kitchen since the day we bought this house. This one was listed for $60, which wasn’t exactly a bad price for the perfect table, but everyone knows that you don’t just hand over asking price when you buy something second hand … this was my chance to score a deal! Thinking I’d end up at $50, I went in with a low ball offer of $40, which didn’t sound so terrible to me, until the reply came back from an email that my husband recognized … turns out the gal I was trying to score my deal from was a co-worker and friend of Brady’s. Whoops! I suppose it could have been worse … I mean I could have offered the $35 I had originally told Brady I would until he talked me out of it (it would appear I’m the cheap frugal one in our relationship!), so I guess $40 wasn’t all that bad. Thank goodness she was a good sport about it all and came back with a very fair $50 counter, which I was more than happy to take! Anyway, all cheap negotiating embarrassment aside, we walked away with a lovely table that couldn’t have been a more {perfect} match for what I had been picturing!

As much as I loved this beautiful piece and the potential I knew it had, it sat neglected and ignored in our basement for many months. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, but sometimes having a perfect picture in your head can be intimidating I suppose – having never actually refinished anything, I was a little nervous that my dreams would turn into disaster and my perfect table would be ruined. To be honest, I’m not sure what finally gave me the push to tackle this one except for the fact that it had to happen sometime and I REALLY wanted my kitchen table!

So, after helping Brady haul it into the garage, It was time to get to work taking my trusty palm sander to that table top. Though I hadn’t used this sander much aside from a quick once over here and there through past projects, this little guy (seriously, why aren’t palm sanders just a little bit bigger?!) and I got to spend a lot, and I mean A LOT, of time together! I’d love to say that I followed the directions that I’d read online explaining the process of starting with the most abrasive (or lowest number) grits first and moving onto the finer (or higher number) grits along the way. Instead I did the exact opposite! That’s right, in my rush to get going with things during C’s nap time, I quickly read through these instructions and then forgot most of them by the time I got down to the garage (which isn’t as far of a walk as I’m making it sound!). So, rather than waste precious time running back upstairs and re-reading the instructions (or even logically thinking things through really), I went with whatever popped into my head first, which was, for some strange reason, to start with the finest sandpaper we had — seriously, what was I thinking?! Needless to say, the process of sanding this baby down took me much, MUCH longer than it should have. Although it cost me a couple of nap times, a few hours of that weird feeling in my fingers post-sanding, more than a little sandpaper and of course, my dignity, in the end the table top turned out okay and that’s all that really matters!

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains
 
After the epic sanding job, I was SO relieved to finally be staining! As recommended on the can of Varathane oil based Wood Stain, I started with a coat of oil based Wood Conditioner to help keep the colour as even as possible. Thankfully the process of staining this big flat surface was super quick – only taking about 15 minutes at a time – because it actually took 4 coats to achieve the Dark Walnut colour that I was looking for. Finally, I finished the top off with 3 coats of Polyurethane to protect my hard work – for this step I used a water based product to prevent yellowing and for an easy clean up.

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains
 
Now that I was done with the top, it was time to show the bottom some love. I pulled out my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and slapped on 3 coats of paint taking care not to paint the table top of course!). Those of you that have been following along with my adventures for a while know my love for this amazing paint … with absolutely no prep (aside from wiping off the sawdust), painting the bottom of my table was by far the fastest part of this project! After rubbing in a coat of Annie Sloan’s white furniture wax over the paint, my table was all ready to go — FINALLY!

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains

How to Makeover your Kitchen Table :: making it in the mountains
 
I am SO in love with how it turned out! It was totally worth each and every (sometimes painful) minute!!! Now it’s time to get to work on the chairs!!!

Do you have a project that you’ve been too scared to try?
 
 
Wishing you SUCH a lovely week!
 
 
 
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144 thoughts on “How to Makeover your Kitchen Table (and a Lesson I Learned the Hard Way)

  1. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    First of Kristi, let me say gorgeous table! That is exactly the look I want for ours!! Although ours has six chairs included…. wonder if they’d be hard to sand? I had to laugh… sounds like we are a teeny bit alike ;) You know, the frugleness (yes, my husband disappears when I make an offer, but I’ve saved us lotsa $$) and I’d totally jump in without carefully reading directions! Lol! Fantastic job, Kristi! It’s beautiful!
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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Heather! I love that this one can be round or expand to oval and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

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  2. Leigh Anne

    I am so the frugal one around here. It’s starting to rub off on my husband, although he still can’t negotiate to save his life. I just drop and number and wait. LOL! He finds it very uncomfortable.

    Your table looks fantastic!! I have been wanting to restain the top of mine for months now and I’m just skeeeered. I think you’ve given me the confidence to just DO IT!
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  3. Katie @ little house of four

    Great makeover and totally worth the time and effort it took to complete! I love the dark stain mixed with the white base. I’ve stripped one piece of furniture many years ago and I haven’t done one since, so I know how time consuming this project was. Awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing at Your Designs This Time!
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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Kristin! There were many moments that I found myself wondering if it was worth it … I’m so glad it turned out to be worth every minute!

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  4. Carmody

    Amazing transformation of a $40…I mean $50 dollar table. I grew up having meals on a table very similar to this one. I remember staring at the table legs when I did not want to eat what was on my plate. I love the new life you gave it. Well done!

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  5. Jillian @ JST Design

    Kristi, let me just say wow, it turned out beautifully, your hardwork definetely paid off! I have a table that’s been waiting for an overhaul like this, I’m hopeing this fall I will finally get to it. Thanks for sharing your “how to”!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Jillian!!! There were definitely some lessons learned, but in the end it was all totally worth it! Good luck with your table makeover – I’m sure it will look fab!!!

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  6. Danielle Spears

    Oh my gosh that is basically the same table type I want and the color I want. I can’t find one anywhere near me!! How did you find yours? I’m so completely jealous!!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      I’ve been wanting one for years too Danielle and I was SOOOO happy when I crossed paths with this one! Wishing you luck on your search too!

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  7. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog

    Girl! This is absolutely gorgeous! I am dying for a new dining table, and I keep going back and forth between refinishing our current table or having Donnie build a new one. (Because why would I just go the easy route and buy a new one at the store….that would just be silly! ;) Thanks so much for the tutorial– it turned out beautifully!

    ~Abby =)
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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Abby!!! I know exactly what you mean … what would be the fun in just going out and buying one? I love that I can make a table completely custom for my space and I can find about a zillion better ways to spend the money that I saved in doing it! Brady actually offered to make a table for our dining room after building our outdoor table … so we may have yet another table in our not too distant future too ;)

      Been thinking of you a ton Abby!

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  8. Adrienne

    Oh how I love a good thrifty find and a makeover! This turned out beautiful. I love a dark top and white painted bottom on a piece of furniture. I think you get the best of both worlds. Thanks so much for linking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party! So glad to have you and see what you are up to.
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  10. Kristina

    Saw you at The Girl Creative. LOVE this table! You did a fantastic job on it. Your hard work and perseverance pay off. I have a similar table that I did the same thing to, but I stained the apron under the top – I like how you painted yours better…… I may have a redo on my hands :-)

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Kristina!!! There were MANY moments that I wondered if it would be worth it and in the end I’m thrilled with how it turned out! My original thought was to stain the apron too actually, but the only reason I chose not to was because I felt like it would be harder to stain the carved detail around it than to paint it. I think it would look wonderful stained too!!!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you Kim! I’m so in love with the two-toned look too! As for the chalk paint: I can’t say for sure through my own experience as I’ve only just discovered it. According to Annie Sloan (and it would seem many others), chalk paint is quite durable, especially with a coat of wax applied regularly – though I personally would be nervous to paint the top of a really well used table.

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  14. Meaghan

    This is so pretty! I didn’t think I’d like seeing you cover up the scroll work with paint but it adds a texture I didn’t expect. Love it!

    ~Meaghan from DIYfaerie

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you Meaghan! I really hummed and hawed about painting that apron, but in the end decided to mostly because I wasn’t sure how well I would do at re-staining it. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

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  15. shellia lehr

    First of all it’s absolutely gorgeous ! Love it !( saprano voice lol) You may have posted the answer to this question and I missed it , but is there a reason you didn’t use liquid sand paper ? I want to do this with a table I have but I have arthritis in my hands so using a sander is a bit painful . Ty for sharing so many ideas . You definitely have a new follower .

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Shellia! I chose to sand it with the sander simply because I am SUCH a newbie that using liquid sandpaper hadn’t even occurred to me! If I were you, I’d definitely check good ol’ Google to see if you can find any reason not to, but it sounds like it would be the perfect way to go for you! Good luck with your table Shellia! Would love to see pictures once you get it completed! And definitely let me know if you have any other questions that I might be able to help with!!!

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  21. Debra @ MsMoozys Open House

    Found you through A Bowl Full of Lemons link party, I love how this table came out. I have one just like it minus the etching around the top, I would love to do this to the top of mine. Thank you so much for the idea and though I am not thrilled about the sanding part I think I will be so much in love with it after that I might forget about the horrible sanding party. LOL Thanks again and I can not wait to try it. Have a great day. :-)

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  23. Linda

    beautiful table! just one question: did you stain the underside of the table top as well or paint it white? thanks!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you Linda! I didn’t do anything to the underside of the table top – it hadn’t been stained before and I figured that nobody would see it. I did stain the underside on the outside of the skirting and then painted the skirting white. Hope this helps!

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  24. Nicki

    What a beautiful result! I love how you transformed this into something your family will enjoy for years and years. I can relate to the sandpaper, hurrying-to-get-the-job-started-during-nap-time method. I often rush into things in my small slivers of kid-free time. I need to refinish my kitchen table, so it was very helpful to read your experience. Thanks for sharing with Pin Your Friday Favorite!

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO, SO much Nicki!!! It’s so hard not to rush into things when you’re time is so limited! I hope your kitchen table makeover goes more smoothly than mine ;) Have a fab weekend!

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  25. Carrie This Home

    Isn’t it funny how some projects turn out to be such a headache? You were right–this project was totally worth all the hiccups. Your table is beautiful and I love what you did with it! It still has tons of character but has a much more updated look! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!
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  26. Lisa O.

    Hi Kristi,
    You did a fabulous job on the table! I’ve been wanting to do the exact same thing to my kitchen table but, i don’t want mess it up. My table’s in great shape but, it’s that old light yellow oak except when sanded it may look more like buther block. In your opinion would it work with a medium stain?
    Thank You,
    Lisa

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Thank you SO much Lisa! I think any stain would work – especially if you’re pairing it with white! Most hardware stores will have a display that shows you what each stain colour would look like on pine and on oak. Use those to pick your fave colour. Hope this helps!!!

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  30. Denise

    Wow Kristi…you have to know by now how much everyone loved this post. In fact, you were one of the top votes over at Share it Sunday. Featured you in this weeks SIS post as well sharing out on FB this week. Thank you Kristi for partying with us each week.
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  36. Clare

    Wow that looks amazing! We have a thrifted kitchen table and I the top is getting a little love worn since I have two toddlers who refuse to let me use a table cloth! I’m pinning this so I can come back to it when I have the energy to make my table over.
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  38. Debra

    A long with all the other well wishers I could not let this one go by without telling you how BEAUTIFUL your table top came out. The whole table is great but the top is sooooo nice.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Now (as a beginner) can you tell me what you used to apply the stain? I want to do a table or a dresser but I am not sure about how to apply the stain. I know the directions are on the can but I want to know what you did. Also I have used stain in the past but it was water based(I used this type for easy clean up),do you think the oil based is better? Your top is just so nice and smooth ,no brush marks or any marks. It looks like a professional company did it. Sorry for the long post, but can you please help me with any and all advise that you can offer.
    Best regards
    Debbie

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    1. Kristi Post author

      Hi Debbie! Thank you SO, SO much for your very kind words! I should say that I am by no means a staining expert, but I can tell you what I did. I used an oil based stain because I read that the durability was best and since this will be a well used piece, I knew I needed it to be durable. I also read that oil based gives a better colour. To keep cleanup easy, I applied it with a foam brush with the grain, which I simply stored in a sealed Ziploc bag between coats, and then wiped off the excess with an old rag. I used a water based polyurethane to seal it because I read that oil based tends to yellow over time, plus, because poly should be applied with an actual brush, I liked the easy clean up.

      Hope this helps Debbie!

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  39. PJ

    Thank you for this. I have been contemplating this same project and trying to get up the nerve. Could you tell me how your tabletop finish is holding up? I really want to do the exact same on my table, but I’m worried. Our table is a major work horse for all sorts of activities and we are not table cloth people. It won’t get babied around here.
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    1. Kristi Post author

      The finish is holding up VERY well so far with the three coats of polyurethane that I used. But, if you’re worried about it, you can always add more for extra protection.

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  41. Sarah

    Looks amazing – I love it! This was exactly the look I was going for with our kitchen table about a year ago, but goofed up and rushed along the way and ended up painting the table top gray and finishing with wax. Well, I HATE the painted surface and it is just not holding up to our everyday use. So I will be doing this very soon!

    Couple questions… is the water based poly you used, Polycrylic? I’ve tried it in the past and it’s very hard to get a smooth, bubble-less finish. Just curious! Also, do you think I could sand down a painted surface, or would I have to apply a stripping product (again)?

    Thanks! Beautiful job!
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    1. Kristi Post author

      Oh no Sarah, how disappointing! I hope you are happier the second time around! I used polyurethane and it was very easy to work with. As for the paint, I would definitely try sanding it down first – as long is there aren’t a bunch of coats one on top of the other, I think it should be fine! Good luck Sarah!!!

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