Back in January I mentioned a project that I had been putting off for a very long time. That project was giving our kitchen table a much needed makeover. I had been so undecided about what to do with it for years, but thanks to all of you who shared your wonderful ideas and thoughts, you gave me just the inspiration and motivation that I needed to finally tackle this long overdue project!
Here’s a reminder of what the table looked like before…
and now the after! So, what do you think?!
Below is a view of the stages of transformation of the tabletop.
- I think one of the reasons that it took me so long to get started on this project was because there were so many memories attached to this table. All of the imperfections, paint and glitter glue that covered the top were sweet little reminders of fun times shared with my girls carving pumpkins, dying Easter eggs and working on so many arts and crafts, holiday and school projects together over the years.
- I had originally planned to paint the top, but it ended up needing more than just a little sanding to smooth the surface. Stripping furniture is not something I have a lot of experience with or one that I enjoy very much, but the product I used ,Citristrip Stripping Gel, worked really well and made removing the existing finish very easy to do.
- Once the top was stripped, I used a product called Goof Off Paint Stripping After Wash and then gave the surface a light sanding with some steel wool. I decided not to sand it down completely because I was liking the look of the imperfections that remained in the wood. The table stayed like this for a while as I was deciding whether to go ahead and stain it a darker color or keep it as is and just apply some type of varnish to protect the wood.
- After living with the unfinished tabletop for a while and really loving the natural look, I searched for a product that would simply enhance the color and also help protect the wood. I was so excited when I found Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil because it did exactly what I was looking for.
Here’s a look at the tables transformation before, during and after.
- Seeing the before I am now so happy with the tables new look!
- Simply stripping the tabletop was already such an improvement and made me realize how much it needed a makeover.
- When it came time to paint the base I had a hard time deciding between keeping it the ivory color or painting it green or black. I ended up choosing black to help tie it together with the other furniture pieces in the room and instead use green as my accent color in the kitchen.
For the base of the table I used products that I already had on hand, Reclaim paint in Licorice followed by their Multi-Purpose Sealer. These are products I have used on many of my furniture painting projects and have always had success with.
Before applying the sealer I did lightly sand the base to give it a slightly distressed look.
This view of the top really shows the warmth the hemp oil added to the wood.
You may notice one more little change that I made in the kitchen.
If you guessed the wall color looks different, you are right! As much I loved the previous color, I was just ready for a change. If the color looks familiar that’s because it’s the same as the living room and luckily I had enough paint left over for the job.
I have to admit that the previous wall color (Benjamin Moore, Camouflage) did work better with the cabinets and granite, but I think this one (Valspar, Withered Moss) helps to make the room feel a little more cozy.
With a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the table makeover complete our kitchen now has a fresh new look! The best part is how inexpensive and easy these changes were to do. These are by far my favorite kind of projects and I couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks again for sharing all of your very thoughtful ideas to help make this happen! You all are the best!
I know I have been gone from the blog for a while, am not always consistent with posts and sometimes get very behind responding to your sweet e-mails and comments, which I feel so awful about. I have always been reserved in sharing things that are personal, but I wanted to let you know a bit of the reason why. For the past few years my daughters have both been dealing with separate chronic health issues that often overwhelm me with worry and stress. I know things could me so much worse, so I try to keep it all in perspective. My daughter’s health issues pale in comparison to others so part of me feels so silly for even sharing this or feeling this way. When I do though I have such a hard time writing and staying focused. The projects that I have worked on have been a nice and often much needed distraction, but the words just don’t come when I sit down and try to write a post when I have so much weighing heavy on my mind. This week is good week for my girls, but it’s a roller coaster. At the end of the day though I am hopeful that they will be ok. I just wanted to share this with you because when you take the time out of your day to read my posts and visit my blog it means more to me than you know. I have really missed you and blogging and hoping to be back again soon with a new project to share.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!