For the longest time I have wanted a kitchen table with white legs, a wooden top and white chairs. I think a set like that is just beautiful and would match the look we are going for in our home just perfect! So I set out on a search – I have been to countless furniture stores and have several on my amazon wish list – but haven’t been able to find anything I love within my price range.
While browsing the internet one night for said table – I noticed that some of the photos I was looking at were “refinished” tables and I thought “I could do that!!!” and “why didn’t I think of that!?”
The next day I busted out my tool box and started taking apart my kitchen chairs so I could create my own Cherry and White Farmhouse Kitchen Table Revamp!
Awesome right!!?? I am totally in love with my new revamped kitchen table! I love contrast of the cherry and the white base and chairs and it looks awesome with the board and batten walls!
Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen table? Here is a tutorial for you!! Here is a really crappy shot of what I was starting with:
I took apart each chair and sanded each one and all the legs down. I also took the table top off the base and sanded down the base too.
Next I took them all out to my garage and set up a “painting booth” and got to work painting them. I like to go to Wal-Mart or the dollar store and buy cheap plastic rectangle tablecloths to use for painting – they are easy for me to move around and are super cheap! I also wiped down the entire surface of each chair, leg and base with mineral spirits. I wanted to make sure there was nothing on them that would ruin the paint job.
I used my Homeright Finish Max to spray paint. I thinned out some primer first and primed each piece. The Finish Max is a dream and the paint goes on so smooth – but primer is a little gritty so before I applied my paint I used a sponge sander and sanded each piece.
After everything was primed and sanded, I started painting. I used the color Antique White by Glidden color matched in a Behr Semi-Gloss Enamel. I added a few tablespoons of water to each batch to thin the paint. This project is definitely a labor of love because I was at it all day long! You want to make sure you do quick, thin layers – over and over and over!
After my chairs and base was painted, I used the Finish Max to apply three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane. Then I set them in my house and let them cure for about a week.
Next was time to build the table top.
For the table top, I simply used 1×6’s that are glued and pocket screwed together. I cut 7 pieces at 57” and two pieces at 50.5”. The overall length of the table is just under 6 feet long.
I used my Kreg Jig and drilled about 8 pocket holes on one side of all but one of the seven 57” pieces.
Then I glued the edge of each piece and using 1 1/4” pocket screws and a clamp, I screwed them together.
After everything was dry, I built the bottom frame. I used 2x4s and measured it so it would have a 3” overhang on each side of the table. I also measured the middle so it would sit on the base.
Before I assembled the frame, I drilled pocket holes into the 2×4’s so I would be able to attach the frame to the top. I used wood glue and 2.5” screws to secure the frame to the top.
I added a 1×4 table skirt on the outside of the 2×4’s and then used my pin nailer to attach them. If you wanted to – you could miter your ends so they are nice and crisp – but I wanted mine a bit more rugged so I left the ends showing… and honestly, you don’t even really see them anyway. I used natural putty from minwax to putty any places I felt needed it and gave the table a quick sand down.
I screwed the table top into the new white base from the bottom using 3” wood screws…
… then I opened my back door and simply stained the table in place! I used a cherry finish and I love it! I applied three coats of stain and three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.
I love the color and it matches are real, natural color cherry floors really well!
I love they way our dinning room is playing out and I love having an awesome kitchen table that accents our farmhouse/craftsman style so well! I really love how bright and clean it looks!
If you guys decide to revamp your kitchen table I would love to see it!! And if you liked this project will you pretty please pin it!
Thanks friends and have a great day today!!