This is the story of my trash to treasure dining table makeover. If you follow Teeny Ideas on Instagram, you may have seen the table I got off the curb. I think the caption went something like ” I have found our new dining table”. Big Daddy was less than thrilled. I was so excited about my find that I snapped a picture as soon as I got it home, posted it on Instagram and hid the table in the garage. You all know how I like to avoid the eye rolls and “I thought we were cutting back on bringing home trash…” conversations. Here is where things went sideways, (I’ve been binge watching cop shows lately.) I forgot Big Daddy follows me on Instagram so instead of clicking the little heart, he called me instead. I was still on my “thrill of the find” high or it would have been a very unpleasant phone call. He grilled me with questions, I could feel the glare of the interrogation light through the phone (again, cop shows). “Where did you find it?, How did you find it? How did you get home and out of the car?” All I remember is saying “It was me- all me and wait until you see it when it is finished.” I scored a dining table off the curb and I now have my very own stupid criminal episode.
The table was in pretty rough shape. From the car, it was beautiful. As
we I got closer it looked -not good. When we I was loading it into the car, I considered leaving it on the curb. It was that bad. Thank goodness I remembered my trash picking rule- Bring it home. If it is not good, just put it back on the curb. Two guesses who hates that rule.
The top of the table was badly warped and damaged beyond repair. When I got it out of the car, I pulled it off with one hand and immediately put it back in the trash. The joints were loose but fixable. Pieces of the legs were loose, they looked like tiny pie wedges again, fixable. There were scratches and dings, all fixable.
The table was in sad shape but I figured I would at least try to fix it. At best we would have a new dining table. At worst, the table was a learning experience. I would rather learn on “junk” then ruin something important.
Before you scroll down to the finished table be warned, I painted the table base. I know there are people who feel very strongly against painting wood furniture and that is okay. I think if it is a choice between a land fill or paint, I will choose paint every time. When you are ready, start scrolling and see my trash to treasure dining table makeover.
What do you think? Isn’t she pretty? Glossy white table base and a wood top. Lately, two tone furniture is my jam.
I tightened the leg bolts and Big Daddy added corner brackets to the corners and the base is now super sturdy and doesn’t wobble at all.
I filled the cracks and dings with wood putty and glued the “pie wedges” back to the table legs. Then I sanded the table base, primed and painted it.
Once the base was painted, Big Daddy attached the new tabletop and I got to work on the top.
The table top is furniture grade maple plywood. We got it from Lowe’s and had them cut the piece for us. It is so much easier to have them cut the piece. We also didn’t have to worry about fitting a 4×8 foot piece of plywood in the car.
I lightly sanded the top and rounded the edges of the table top.
Then I applied one coat of Minwax gel stain in Antique Oak. I applied one coat of white wash for a weathered wood look. It is the same technique I used on the coffee table and the footstool makeover. Once the table top was dry, I applied three coats of polycrylic.
I like the way the side of the tabletop took the stain so I decided to leave it as is – for now anyway. I may add trim to the edge if we get tired of the “unfinished ” edge.
For now the table is in the family room and we all use it. It is my new favorite spot to write blog posts. My boys use it to do homework. Big Daddy uses it too. In fact, we have probably used it more in the last couple of weeks the we used our old dining table in the last year. I think that definitely shows that everyone likes it.
Once we get rid of the piano, we will have to decide if we leave the table where it is or do we move it back to the kitchen nook and add booth seating. Once that is decided, I can figure out dining chairs. For now, we just use chairs from the dining room.
I really love the table and I am so glad I found it and was able to fix it up. It was definitely worth trouble and the interrogation.