Here's my step by step tutorial on how I turned this:
SO this has to have been one of my FAVORITE projects so far just because of the transformation. Our old kitchen table was outdated and looked like it was just kinda thrown into our kitchen.. didn't really match or go with anything design wise.
I decided to use the same wood stain that we used on our stair treads that lead into the basement for the top of the table and I love how it came out! If you haven't read about how we ripped up our carpet and refinished the stairs underneath - read about it here!
For this project, you almost have two separate projects in one! The first part is going to be painting the table itself.. and then the second part will be constructing and finishing the top. So here's how we did it:
Here's what you'll need:
1: Clean your table and start painting!
Wipe down alllll the surfaces of the table that you plan to paint. Make sure it's nice a clean. The best part is.. this is all the prep you have to do!
No sanding on the table is even necessary!
After she's nice and clean, you can use the Valspar Devine Lace Chalk Paint to Paint the entire surface of the table. We obviously left the top unpainted since we will be covering that part up anyways.
You're going to want to do AT LEAST 3 coats of this stuff. It goes on pretty thick, but you want to make sure you've got pretty even coverage everywhere. After each coat I would go back over and touch up areas that may have a lot of paint globed on there so that it appears nice and smooth on the surface. Watch for drips!
2. Apply your Sealing Wax to finish the Chalk Paint
The Valspar Devine Lace Sealing Wax is step 2 for the chalk paint. This is what seals the surface and prevents your beautiful new furniture from chipping. We did 2 coats of this on the table legs and sides that were also painted white.
Make sure to allow a good amount of time for this to try before handling or trying to start the second part of the project.... constructing the top!
3. Cut your boards to fit your table
As you can see in the photo above, our boards were a lot longer than our table. We used this as an opportunity to make the table a little bit longer length wise. We added about 4 inches of overhang on each end. The sides only have about 1/2 inch of overhang due to the size of the boards on the ends but after it's all said and done, I wish I would've used a different size board to be able to have left a little bit more overhang on the sides.
We used a 1x8x6 for the center
Followed by four 1x6x6's on each side of the center board
and finally, two 1x6x4's for the outside boards
A total of 7 boards
You may be able to do this differently and saving a little money by purchasing longer boards and cutting them to size.. I wasn't sure how much overhang I wanted to have so I just went with the 6ft boards. Leftover wood = another project :)
4. Sand 'em down
I started with an 80 Grit Sandpaper. This allowed me to shape some of the edges of the boards to make the corners a little rounder and not so jagged.
After hitting all of them with the 80, I then used a 220 to smooth out all the surfaces of the boards. This is something you probably want to do outside - and if it's summer, don't be like me and forget the bug spray. Mosquito's suck.
5. Wipe 'em down and stain 'em
Super easy. After you've got them looking how you want them, make sure to wipe the boards down with a damp cloth to remove any wood shavings or dust from sanding. Then you can go ahead and apply the Minwax Stain. I used a regular bristle brush. After staining one board, I did take a paper towel and wipe off the excess.
After staining all the boards and wiping down the stain until I got them how I liked them, I left them outside for a little bit to dry.
6. Attach your boards
Now the fun part. Once all the boards dried, I brought them into the house and laid them on the table and made sure they were all even and flushed.
I found black screws so that the tops of them would be dark enough to match the stain, but first we did use a drill to create pilot holes for the screws - this made it super easy!
I decided to do three rows of screws going through the top of the pine boards and into the table top to secure the boards. I measured equal distances from the edge of the table, and then found the center. From there I just screwed about two nails into each board in three separate places.
7. Polyeurthane, Polyeurthane, Polyeruthane
I did 5 coats of this stuff. Make sure to be careful of your trying times on the label. The polyeurthane we used didn't require sanding as long as another coat was applied within 6-8 hours. (Yes, that meant I was waking up at 5am to apply another coat of this stuff...dedication...)
Do as many coats as you think you need, but I wouldn't do any less than three! We thought it would be cool to try and fill in the gaps in between the boards to give it more of a "one piece" look - but that was providing to be impossible in some areas.
It takes about a week for the table to fully set. I would recommend not using it until then! Learn from my impatience :)
Have you used Chalk Paint before? Seriously, I love this stuff!
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My fiance and I are slowly redoing our 1980's split level home and creating a new space we love! I love sweet tea, hand lettering, a good DIY project and a long vacation.
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