There are a lot of areas in our home that I’m dying to makeover, but our kitchen is likely at the top of my list. However, I’ve done an estimate for how much it will cost to transform the room into what I want, and it’s way too much money for us right now. So the kitchen makeover will have to wait. There is one area of our kitchen that simply can’t wait though…
This is our kitchen table in the breakfast area. There’s a lot wrong with this table! The style is boring, I’m tired of the color, and then there’s the broken chair (on the right). Yeah, there’s nothing like inviting friends over only for them to sit on a broken chair! This table makeover couldn’t wait! And fortunately, it would be an easy and affordable transformation… or so I thought.
My plan was to replace the broken chairs with some stylish new modern ones, and then do a little DIY project on the old solid wood table in order to transform it into something much more classy. After about a month of sanding, altering, staining and sealing the old table, my transformation was complete!
my old table (upside down)
I moved the table back into our breakfast area… and within 24 hours it was ruined!! The dog jumped on the table (something she’d never done before!) and somehow when my son went to get her down (I don’t know how this happened I wasn’t there to see it) the table BROKE! Like totally unfixable, throw in the trash broke!!! Ugh! There went the past month of my life… wasted!
But I put the whole situation into perspective (aka I realized the world was not ending because of a broken table), managed to not yell at my son or the dog (that’s a win), and moved on to find a solution!
The metal hairpin legs were just fine and still usable so all I needed was a new wood table top. I considered making one myself from 2x4s, but while I was weighing how to fit yet another project into my busy schedule, we had a fire in our garage! Thank the Lord it was contained to the garage and no one was injured and the rest of the house is fine! But everything in the garage was destroyed by the smoke damage. I no longer had any tools, supplies or even a place to do my DIY work.
So I guess I wasn’t going to be making a table top myself!
Instead, I turned to a craftsman who works out of a local salvage store. He was able to build me a nice reclaimed wood table top for a very reasonable price. We discussed the details of the look I was going for, I picked out the exact planks of wood I wanted, and he showed me how they would look sanded and assembled. (A big thank you to my dear friend Emily who was willing to tag along with me on this trip even though there was no air conditioning in the building and it was the middle of summer!)
About a month later, my table top was finished!
I then brought it home and started sealing it myself with some Waterlox Original Sealer Finish I had leftover from my bathroom countertop project. I noticed pretty quickly that the sealer was changing the color of certain areas of the wood to something more reddish/orangish than it originally was which was not the color I was going for. So I just sealed a small area as a test patch. I tested another small area with polyurethane to see if the color would come out any different with the poly. After letting them both dry, the reddish color had faded a little but was still there for both test spots.
At that point I realized I’d need to add some stain to the table in order to alter the color some before sealing it. I sanded off my test areas and then applied some Minwax Classic Gray stain. It helped to balance out the red tones but did darken the overall color of the table which wasn’t really my preference, however there was nothing I could do about it (I’d rather the table be darker than reddish-orange in color).
After the stain dried, I sealed the table with three coats of Waterlox.
Once the sealer was dry, I attached the black coated steel hairpin legs… and once again I had a finished kitchen table!
For all the trouble I had with adjusting the color of the wood, I actually like how this turned out! I love the variety of colors and textures that resulted from the reclaimed wood… it really gives the table character! Those circle sawn marks are pretty awesome!
I replaced the beat up broken chairs with some white eiffel tower ones I found for about $50 each.
I like how this all turned out! I love the mix of fresh colors and textures!… Now I just need to paint the walls in my kitchen a new color and restain the floors.
One thing I did want to mention… if you ever have a project that feels like it might be too overwhelming for you to complete on your own, or if you ever feel too busy to fit another project into your schedule, or if your garage ever burns to the ground and you can’t do any DIY projects for awhile (hopefully that won’t happen!), then I highly encourage you to seek out a local craftsman who can do the project for you. I love supporting the work of local craftsmen. Many of them are trying to make a living doing something they are passionate about, and if you look around you’ll likely find someone very knowledgable and very reasonably priced.
RECLAIMED WOOD | The ReUse Warehouse
HAIRPIN LEGS | Modern Urban Metals
CHAIRS | Amazon
BLACK BOWL | Target