Kitchen tables have been like a revolving door in my house over the last several years. We started out with an oak table (sorry, no photo of it) that we bought about 9 years ago, when we still lived in Missouri.
When we moved to Illinois, we used the table for a few months, but it was too long for our new kitchen, so when we remodeled the kitchen (seen here), my husband removed the legs, and I painted and distressed them, then we added those legs to an old cellar door, which was smaller in size.
I was never 100% in love with it, so when I found this antique farmhouse table over the summer, which I did 100% love, I painted the base and refinished the top, and moved it into my kitchen.
We lived with the table for several months, but the top was really wonky. The boards were uneven, and anything you set on it would wobble. I finally broke down and asked my husband to remove all the boards, and attach the previous cellar door on to the farmhouse table base.
It wouldn’t be a permanent solution, but at least we’d have a flat surface to eat on until I can replace the top with something else. This table expands HUGE, and eventually, I’d love to add a dining room to our house, that would hold a larger table. If that day ever comes, I’d like to put new leaves on the table, so it can expand to its full size (it was missing all the leaves when I bought it).
Since I’ll be living with the cellar door for awhile longer (probably a LONG while), I decided to refinish the top. When we refinished it the first time, the wood stain color we used had a very red tone, which I never liked, and the poly we used to seal it, made it too glossy looking. I recruited my teenage son to do most of the sanding, and I jumped in whenever he needed a break.
The only problem with the new plan (aside from the huge amount of work it was), is that my husband attached the cellar door to the table legs, making it too large to get out the doorway, so we could sand it outside.
Now for the world’s dumbest DIY moment…We did the sanding IN the kitchen. I feel like an idiot even admitting this, but it didn’t even occur to me to cover things up, or put things away. I knew it would make a bit of a mess, but I figured most of the mess would land on the floor. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sawdust landed EVERYWHERE – within minutes of starting. Sawdust covered all the dishes, cups and silverware (remember, I have open shelves). It coated all my counters and window sills, and it even went into the entryway, living room and bathroom. Yes…completely dumb, I know. This is what the top of my microwave looked like. Now, multiply that by the rest of the kitchen, and you’ll understand why we spent several hours cleaning it all up.
I took just a few shots after we sanded it down, and none of them are great photos, but here’s what it looked like once we sanded it down.
We didn’t attempt to sand off every mark on the wood, because that would have removed all the character as well. We just focused on getting the glossy, reddish finish off.
I sealed it with several coats of tung oil, and it looked nice, but was just a little too pale for my taste, so I went over it with a coat of Minwax Early American stain, and it really gave warmth to the wood, and accented all the age marks and wear beautifully.
I feel like I can totally live with this table now, at least until we have a larger dining space to put a longer table in.
I’m hoping that happens before my kids start marrying, and bringing grand babies to visit!
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