My post is so late today and I apologize. My youngest daughter received her note in the mail – the big note that every grade schooler is anxiously awaiting – her teacher assignment for the year. Oh, my. Not the teacher she was hoping for and all of her friends are in other classes. Tears. I am seriously ready for summer to be over.
Anyhow, in the midst of the last weeks of summer, and with my sister and her family arriving tomorrow morning for the weekend, I did what every woman in America would do. I had my kids drag the huge kitchen table outside so I could sand it all down and restain and repaint the whole thing. I. Am. Nuts.
Here is the long history of my kitchen table. It was purchased a week before we were having 20 people over for Christmas dinner in 2012. It was about $30 at the thrift store. It had a horrible greenish stain on it and I just threw a tablecloth over it. After the holidays, I painted it cream. Then gray. Then gray again. And I never sealed it because I was too lazy or busy or any other excuse (a shoemaker’s wife least shod, etc.).
The table has terrific lines and is the perfect size. I have always wanted a farmhouse table and decided now was the time. Yesterday, I took out my sander and went to town. I used a 60 grit to start and went to 150 to finish it. Gorgeous pine boards lay underneath. I used Minwax pre-stain conditioner and then their dark walnut stain. I only gave it one go-over before wiping back. I didn’t want it to look stained perfectly – I wanted the more worn look. I used General Finishes Driftwood on the base. It complements the dark stain and goes with the vintage secretary in the kitchen that I painted in Driftwood a few months ago.
I am happy with the result! I wanted it to be dark to contrast with my lighter kitchen.
What do you think? I am sure tomorrow will bring a happier day 🙂
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aah yes! soooo much better! love the new color and the dar wood top!!!
They are both so beautiful! 🙂
You are so sweet! Thanks, Robin 🙂
Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
Oh yes, I love the contrast of the dark wood in your kitchen. It’s perfect, you can stop now! … It breaks your heart when your kids are sad, but I’m sure your sweet girl will be smiling again soon!
Thank you, Sharon. I am sure she will be fine. The pre-school nerves have kicked in! And yes, other than adding a coat of poly, the table is finally done!
Beautiful I really Love it! You are a determined woman! Can not believe the phases this table went through…looks great with the dark stain in your Kitchen.
@Seeking Lavender Lane
Thanks so much, Deb!
I love how the table turned out Suzanne-I don’t think you are crazy at for doing that! You are just creative!
Table looks great. I have to comment on your kitchen cabinets, love the color and your chairs look so good with them. Did you paint them and if so what is the color? I have a table that I think I will do the same to, right know it has a very light color on top and the chair seats match the table top. It is the typical white base and light wood stained top. Will look so much better with the darker stain. Thank you for sharing
Hi Debra, actually the cabinets came already finished in this color. It is not white but more of a cream which makes it a little softer. The cabinets were ordered from Lowes Hardware store when the kitchen was remodeled about 7 years ago. Thanks! Suzanne
I love the table! I hope your daughter’s tears dry up soon 🙁