>We refinished our KITCHEN TABLE!


OK, it has been killing me not to share this with you guys sooner. We just finished tackling our BIGGEST most tedious furniture make-over EVER…our kitchen table!!
Before I begin this massive post, let me tell you the backstory. I bought this table for my husband before he moved into his first apartment. We were engaged, I was going into my senior year in college, and I found this table at a moving sale. I bought it, with a “drysink” for $75. It is very sturdy, solid wood, and very well loved by a family of 8. The bottom was used as a dog chew, there were water marks, kids initials carved in the top, etc. But it is sturdy! I promised I would figure out how to refinish it…

Now fast-forward almost 4 years. This is still what we’re eating on…but we just throw a tablebloth over it to forget what’s underneath. Are you ready?

Please don’t judge me.

After I discovered the wonderful world of DIY blogging, this table has been screaming to be refinished. I have tackled smaller things…but this table is so intimidating!! My husband and I decided to bit the bullet and just DO IT!

First step: Sand down every gosh darn surface. We are young and poor, and don’t own our own power tools. Therefore, we borrowed a small sander from my dad. Here’s how it went:

This took DAYS of sanding. Seriously. DAYS. My poor husband was regretting his decision to help me after the first 5 hours or so…

Haha doesn’t he look soooo happy? 😉

We decided to paint the base of the table, and parts of the benches black. So we sanded those parts down, and primed them

Then, I worked on rolling on black paint onto those flat surfaces while my husband continued to slave over the sander.

Then, disaster struck. THE SANDER DIED! We panicked, tried to fix it, but it just pooped out. We called my dad, who reassured us that is was OK, he couldn’t remember the last time he used it, and it was very old anyways.

Ok, phew. But…we were only done with sanding the benches…and we still had the tabletop to finish! What were we going to DO?!

Craigslist to the rescue! A guy 20 minutes away was selling a belt sander, with extra belts, for $25! Seriously…GOD! Thank you! Within the hour, my husband was at it again, and we didn’t have to spend a fortune.

Woah … the belt sander was way more powerful. We would have totally done the whole thing with this if we would have realized it would have taken just half the time! Before we knew it, the tabletop was ready for stain

Haha I just realized my husband is showing some major leg in that picture…whoops!

I know everyone’s “going light” these days…but so many things in our house are dark walnut stained. So, we went with a dark walnut stain for the tabletop!

OK, we’re getting somewhere now! Once we liked the way that the stain looked, we let it set, and then put 4 coats of poly on the stained surfaces, and 2 coats on the painted surfaces.

Finally, after we let it dry…it was FINISHED!

I know the shape is still farmhouse country, but I LOVE how the colors really match our house now. It is soooo much nicer to sit at, and we now love eating at our table 🙂

We are thrilled with our new table 🙂 Let me know what you think!

Cost for re-do:

Sander: $25

Stain: $7.47

Paint: $6.46

Polyeurathane: $5.87

Total cost: $44.80

So perfect! We totally could not afford to buy a new table anytime soon, so even though we had to put a lot of work into this, it was totally worth the $45!

31 Responses to “>We refinished our KITCHEN TABLE!”
  1. Kendall says:

    >WOW! You guys did an amazing job! It looks great! My husband and I also do inexpensive projects together because we are young & broke so I can completely relate to you! But seriously, it turned out beautiful! Great job!-Kendall{songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

  2. Melodie says:

    >WOW! You and your hubby should be so proud of the job you did! It looks great 🙂

  3. >It turned out so great! Love it. My hubby and I refinished his family table when we first got married and it is about time to do it again! Not looking forward to all the sanding. Glad you got yours finished.

  4. >Lots of hard work, but so worth it. I bet his hand was tired of sanding.

  5. >These jobs are so much work but you feel so good when they are done, don't you. Your table and bench look great.

  6. Tanya says:

    >Great improvement, and how lovely to be able to do it together.

  7. >Lots of work, but worth it in the end. What a great job! I like the two different tones, too.

  8. Charlie says:

    >yay that looks so awesome!! i appreciate your husband's bravery on that one ;)good job!!! p.s. on friday we posted about our giveaway!

  9. Jessica Cook says:

    >that looks amazing!! I have a thing for darker colors too! So I would have chosen a dark stain as well. Found you through Sumo's Sweet Stuff…2many2pick1.blogspot.com

  10. >Oh my heck! That looks amazing. I have been going to do my table for years. My table is in great shape but I would like it to be darker. Now I know I could actually do it. I may take that project on this winter. Your table looks great.Thanks for sharing.Brooke

  11. kathie says:

    >That was a LOT of work but it was totally worth it! Now it will be even more special to you 🙂 It looks wonderful!

  12. Erin says:

    >Wow!! Great job!! It doesn't look anything like the old table!!!

  13. >Just love it. I love the dark stain. Very cool that you and your Hubs worked together on it, too! Would love for you to stop by Sunday and link it up to Passion for Paint!

  14. Mary Ellen says:

    >Such a great job!! And you will be using that sander for lots of other projects so the cost really is a lot lower!!bee blessedmary

  15. Kristi says:

    >Oooh, nice!! Cracked up at that picture of your husband shooting death rays with his eyes! I use a palm sander too and I really want an orbital or belt sander. Never thought to check Craigslist. dur~ The Speckled Dog

  16. >Fantastic job! I can't get over how different it looks. I'm sure this project was quite a "bonding process for you and your husband….LOL!!

  17. >soooo gorgeous! i love the color stain you choseKimrahttp://crafty-cove.blogspot.comhttp://kimraskreations.blogspot.com

  18. Jill says:

    >What a fantastic job – great picture story to show and tell – and a true Round Tuit project!! Thanks so much for linking up!!I Hope you have a lovely week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  19. Linda says:

    >That is just absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your talent. It's so inspirational.

  20. Shanarun says:

    >Great project, I love your results! It was fun going along for the ride. 🙂 Love the "solidness" of your set.

  21. Gotham says:

    >a beautiful table, i really liked it a lot, its not necessary that we always go for new or latest furniture, even old furniture can be restored to look good and can be used for a long timeAnnie's Online Store

  22. >You did a GREAT job.Thanks for sharing. It looks awesome.Cheri

  23. >Wow, it looks great! That's a big job to tackle!

  24. >I think it turned out just wonderful! I have dark walnut furniture all over the place except for my old sofa table which is "hidden" in the back of the room so folks don't see it since it doesn't match. I was gonna sand & stain it too hopefully in the next few weeks and boy am I glad I stumbled across your redo post cuz I was gonna use the mouse sander & now I think I'm gonna borrow my husband's belt sander if I can get it done faster. Thx for the tip! I am your newest follower! =0)

  25. >Your table turned out great!! I love the black bases!! Way to go!! Happy Painting!

  26. >We love this party link and I wanted to let you know that we are planning on featuring it. We hope that you get a bunch of new visitors.http://www.remodelaholic.com

  27. Lindy says:

    >It turned out great – loved seeing the whole project, start to finish!

  28. Isabel says:

    >You know, the best part of remodeling something is the knowledge that you did it with your own two hands and it turned out fantastic, plus you saved a bunch of money and helped the planet! I love it, you guys did an awesome job!

  29. >Congrats on the success of your "major" overhaul! I'm sure you're both happy to see the beauty that you created together. Welcome to the world of DIY. ;)Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottagehttp://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

  30. paperglueetc says:

    >Wowza, that was a lot of work! Congrats!

  31. Holly says:

    >A lot of work…but definitely worth it…it is beautiful! You guys rocked it.

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