Kitchen Table Makeover

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Moving in with my fiance meant acquiring some of his furniture that is far from stylish. After seven months in Vegas, we still hadn’t gotten around to buying a new kitchen table, so I decided to try a little DIY magic on a table that his parents had bought for him at a garage sale many years ago. It’s amazing what some sanding and staining can do. Intricate details that I thought were tacky now add charming character and the distressed wood (not in a trendy way…) now looks crisp and classy. Since we saved money by making over our table, I decided to splurge and buy some floral chairs from Target to complement the modern look.

table v2

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can Citristip
  • Plastic scraper
  • Orbital sander
  • Sand paper of varying grits (100, 120, 220)
  • Tack cloth
  • Newspapers
  • Brush or cloth
  • White spray paint (I used Valspar paint + primer,  about 3 cans)
  • Stain (I used Minwax Red Mahogany)
  • Polyurethane

How-to:

  1. Remove the finish. Move the table to a well ventilated area and place it on top of a tarp or cardboard to protect the surrounding areas. To strip the existing finish, I sprayed the table with Citristip and let it sit for an hour before scraping it off with a plastic scraping tool (read can for safety and detailed directions).
  2. Use an orbital sander to smooth the table, going with the grain. Do most of the initial sanding with 100-grit sandpaper, then step up to 150-grit and do a final pass with 220-grit. Wipe off the dust with a tack cloth.
  3. Cover the top of the table with newspapers, taping the edges with painters tape to create clean lines. Spray paint the base of the table; it may take a few coats.
  4. Remove newspaper before applying the wood stain. Apply stain with a brush or cloth, following the wood’s natural grain. Follow the directions on can to achieve desired result. Apply at least 2 coats. If the wood seems rough, sand between coats and remove dust with a tack cloth to smooth the surface.
  5. After the final coat of stain has thoroughly dried, apply polyurethane according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Apply at least four coats since a kitchen table should be durable. Let dry for 24 hours before using the table.

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  • Great update! I love the before and after shots.

    Are you tempted to paint the chair legs white too?

    p.s. I’m trying to figure out why there is an extra leg in the middle of the table in some of the photos? How many legs are there?

    • Thanks! I thought about that, but decided the dark brown blended in better to make the table stand out. The table has four legs, but in the middle there are two leg-like posts and a smaller horizontal piece that create an “H” shape for added support :)

  • Great update! I love the before and after shots.

    Are you tempted to paint the chair legs white too?

    p.s. I’m trying to figure out why there is an extra leg in the middle of the table in some of the photos? How many legs are there?

    • Thanks! I thought about that, but decided the dark brown blended in better to make the table stand out. The table has four legs, but in the middle there are two leg-like posts and a smaller horizontal piece that create an “H” shape for added support :)

  • Love this! I did a really similar thing with my table last year, it’s amazing how much new life you can bring to something. Great job :)

    • Thanks! I agree – it’s crazy what a little bit of paint can do!

  • Love this! I did a really similar thing with my table last year, it’s amazing how much new life you can bring to something. Great job :)

    • Thanks! I agree – it’s crazy what a little bit of paint can do!

  • Oh my goodness, Jamie this is beautiful! I’ve been wanting to redo my kitchen table, too. The chairs don’t match the table at all! Thanks for sharing love :)

    • Thanks, glad you like it! You should definitely give it a try, it’s surprisingly simple!

    • Haha I didn’t even realize that was you, Kayla! I see you found your new hobby :)

  • Oh my goodness, Jamie this is beautiful! I’ve been wanting to redo my kitchen table, too. The chairs don’t match the table at all! Thanks for sharing love :)

    • Thanks, glad you like it! You should definitely give it a try, it’s surprisingly simple!

    • Haha I didn’t even realize that was you, Kayla! I see you found your new hobby :)

  • Love it!

  • Love it!