Painted Kitchen Table Part One

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Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings
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(If you like this post, you’ll love the tutorial for part two!)

Our kitchen table has seen better days. I bought it for $150 (including 6 chairs) at a yard sale many, many years ago.

It is tired, having seen five children through homeschooling, games, dinners, puzzles and conversations.

I even applied for a makeover on a talk show for our lovely table.  I sent them this picture. Don’t you think they should have helped me?

Watermarks, scratches, pencil art. This table has been well loved.

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It was time.

Time to give this solid wood table a fresh look.

As usual, I enlisted my DIY hubby and after hours of debating tables and chairs he finally decided to give it a go with the table that has grown old along with us.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

From Tim: Two factors mandated the decision to do this project out on the deck; the size of the table and the fact that we had to sand down to bare wood in order to achieve the option to do whatever we were going to do. That’s right – I began this task with no idea where I was headed. I only knew that anything would be better than what we had!

So, we began to dismantle the behemoth and haul everything outside. The weather was perfect. The first step was to use a grinder to remove as much of the finish as possible without damaging the wood. This is the tool with a 60-grit pad on it; that’s basically gravel glued to a circular disk! It makes quick work of anything, but you do have to be careful not to go too deep.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Because the grinder did leave swirly circles in the wood, we went back over the entire surface with a palm sander and 80-grit paper. This was just enough to even out the surface, revealing a really beautiful pine surface…exactly what I didn’t want.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Here’s the team working together; me on the grinder and our youngest son on the sander. Perhaps the biggest danger in a project like this is hitting the wall and getting sick of sanding. But once you make that first pass, you are committed. This big flat surface wasn’t too bad, but the story changed when we moved down to the base.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

With no other choice, we flipped the base on top of the over-turned top to use as a workspace and started over. This was MUCH more tedious and difficult since we had curves, crevices, and sharp stops. There were, indeed, areas that had to be hand sanded and remained darker than the bare pine. However, this actually added some character in the end.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

You get an idea of the variance in the surfaces. We also had to be mindful of the fact that we were working upside down; what we couldn’t see as we sanded would be easily seen when the table was flipped over. But, again, I still didn’t know how I was going to finish the table.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Progress, but still not finished. See the swirls from the grinder? The palm sander takes care of those.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

And here is the palm sander operator doing his job!

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Before it was all over, the table was completely dismantled. I hadn’t intended to do that, but it was clear that the more access we had to each nook and cranny, the better the result. It was a good choice and allowed for a suitable result.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Here’s some detail work, but I was really liking the dark color in the corners and valleys, especially in contrast to the light pine.

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Getting close! These pieces are done and just waiting to be re-assembled.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

And this is the stripped table, top to bottom! It was attractive…in an unfinished, unattractive pine sort of way. But there was no way this was going to work with the kitchen makeover already in progress. This would end the outside work, since I decided to re-finish inside. Too many birds, bugs, critters, pollen and dust.

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Tools – the most important part of a successful project. These three have more than paid for themselves…but I always relish putting the grinder away!

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Because this post is so long and picture heavy we’ll stop here for now.  The finished product below is worth the wait, both for you and for me! Next time we’ll go inside the house for the “rest of the story!”

Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Ready to see Part Two?

My hubby has written great tutorials for our Mason Jar Chandelier, Chalk Painted Hutch, Fence Board Backsplash and small Kitchen Buffet. He also writes an Ask Tim column for his many DIY tips. Have a question for him? Leave it in the comments and he’ll give it a shot!

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Comments

  1. wow really love how your table turned out. The whole family did a really good job. Like the color that u choose to use really makes it snap.

  2. Wow, what a lot of work sanding that baby down! I can’t wait to see how you finish it off, because it looks wonderful in the after picture!
    Debbie 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Debbie, for the compliment on our kitchen table! As usual, my hubby did a great job! Have a great day!
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  3. Love the transformation! How lucky of you to have a very handy hubby. The table is beautiful and so is your tablescape…Christine

    • Christine, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment on our painted kitchen table project. The rest of the tutorial will be coming soon! Have a great day!
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  4. {Melinda} It looks amazing! My husband isn’t a really DIY guy, so I think I’d be on my own on this one. My table sure does need a makeover, though!

    • Hey, Melinda. Thanks for always taking the time to leave a comment. I’m blessed to have a DIY hubby because I’m useless around tools and projects. I know what I like but he’s spoiled me with his handiness! Our table was badly in need of help, and I’m so glad with how it turned out!

  5. Soo cute Mary! I’ll come back for post #2!

  6. ahhh *Marty not Mary!! so sorry!! mis-type! =)

  7. Can’t wait for the rest of the story. I am a new subscriber, visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s FFF link party. I have a table that is on my project list, so I’m very interested in what you’ve done. Looks great!

    • Hi, Calista. Thanks so much for visiting Marty’s Musings and my post on our painted kitchen table. I actually have the finished product post up now. My hubby did a great job on the table, and I’m so pleased with it. He’s my DIY man!

  8. This is a wonderful project!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there and spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi – The Mandatory Mooch
    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2013/04/tasty-thursdays-36-giveaway.html

  9. Sanding is serious dedication! That’s great that you and your hubby had so many helpers. Look forward to reading the rest of the story.

    • Thank you, Audra, for leaving a comment on our painted kitchen table post. Part 2 is actually up on the blog now. My hubby did an amazing job, as always. Thanks for stopping by Marty’s Musings!

  10. Great job on the sanding. I see it took a team effort. I will definitely drop back by to see how you achieved the final finish.

    • Hi Donna! Thanks for visiting Marty’s Musings and our post about our kitchen table. Part 2 is actually up on the blog and it shows some better shots of the work. My hubby did an amazing job and I’m so pleased with it! Now to keep the kids from doodling their pencil art again!

  11. This is fantastic!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  12. katie goldsworthy says:

    It looks beautiful! I’m debating about painting mine for my next house….you may have talked me into it 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  13. Thanks for linking up an awesome project! Stop by again next week and link up some cool stuff!

    Have a great week!
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