Have you ever had a piece of furniture in your house that you really didn't like? This is how I flipped a craigslist find into a Dining Room Table makeover that I love!
I finally had reached my limit with my old Dining Room Table. It had grooves all across the top - you know the kind that leave you with permanent marks on your forearms for hours? Yeah, kind of like that!
And y'all - let me tell you, it obviously didn't work well with two messy boys eating. As a result, I had to carve out their crumbs with a toothpick to get the table clean. In other words, I was over it.
So I went on a search and found another table on craigslist. I was able to talk the guy down from his original price and stole it for $150. Here's the before pic
Sorry for the blurred image - it's a copy from the seller's post.
First, I brought it into the garage and asked my father in law, who was visiting to help me out. Don't y'all put your guests to work when they visit? No??? Just me...???
So anyway, we sanded it all down.
And sanded and sanded and sanded!
This table was a soft pine and I had no doubt that my boys were going to ding and scratch it all up. Next, I distressed the table with holes, marks, gashes - so it already had that weathered look.
Plus it made it easier when the first marks were made. I call it preventative insurance for the crazy outburst of fury from Momma.
I chose a deep mahogany minwax stain for the tops and the seats of the chairs. For the bottom of the table and chairs, I went with a creamy white. After they dried, I used Valspar glaze to antique them.
And this is how my Dining Room Table makeover turned out.
We had some issues when it came to applying the polyurethane coat. Since the table was old and used, I had major cursing, crying problems with fish eyes (when the poly doesn't completely take and pulls away from the wood).
But my thought was, for $150 and 2 rowdy, raucous boys, it's gonna get beat up something good, so I gave up and labeled it as "character".
Here are some earlier pics with close ups of the finish:
This was my first ever furniture redo and I'm kinda proud of my first efforts - of course!
Dining Room Table
- Dining Room Table - Used from Craigslist $150
- Stain for table top and Seats - Deep Mahogany by Minwax $4.75
- Polyurethane - Quick Drying Gloss by Minwax $11
- Cream Paint - oops can from Lowe's $5
- Glaze for Chairs - Valspar Antiquing Glaze from Lowe's $13
Grand Total: $183.75
Let me know what you think!!! I loooove to hear your comments!
Wanna save this for later?
Of course I've recreated this table again!