Kitchen Table Re-do

This kitchen table has been around the block a time or two.  It started it’s life when my parents got married in the early 1960’s.  My mom calls it Danish Modern.  It originally had a dark stain on it, and it was a good useable table.  When I got married in 1991, the table came with me to my new home.  Then we refinished it with a very barely stained top and forest green painted legs.  It matched our kitchen at the time. 


We then moved to another house, and I put a cream colored crackle finish over the green legs.  That worked for a bit except that I didn’t put a top seal over the crackle finish and it has been peeling off for the past 7 or so years.  The top, with it’s practically bare wood had not held up well to washing, and you could visibly see why I made a rule of no using permanent sharpie markers at the table.  The only hope to get those sharpie marks out is some serious sanding. 


I still like the stained top and painted legs look, but decided on a much sturdier finish on top. 


My husband was a little over zealous with the belt sander.  He tried to cover up some of his sander enthusiasm by making a black edge.  I’m not sure what I think about it, but I will live with it for a while, and if all else fails, it will become all black some day.  For now, it is better than it was before with its peeling paint. 


I had never sanded with power equipment, but my husband bought two new sanders for this project, and boy does power equipment make the job easier.  I don’t dread sanding as much as I used to.  The sanders that he got are a Ryobi belt sander and a Ryobi pad sander.

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  1. It looks much better – it was time for the crackle to go. Ha ha on your husband with his new sanders :).

  2. Your table looks gorgeous! What a great transformation!

  3. Hubby won’t let me use the belt sander for that reason.

    It looks great, though!

  4. It looks fantastic! Great job!

  5. Alison @ Stretch My Check says:

    I think the table tooks GORGEOUS! I really like the black edge, even if it wasn’t planned.

  6. Your table turned out stunning! Absolutely beautiful! You did a great job making it over! :)