Kitchen Table

Back in Oct/Nov ’11, I began to dream about a round table. Really.  

I got a price on having one built, I thought that I could save money.  That didn’t work out.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I bought one in Tennessee while I was visiting for my 5 year old grandson’s birthday.  My daughter and I went shopping and she spotted this little old lady in a dark, dusty corner.  Mom!  come here.  Needless to say I got so excited to see a round table with a cool base!  I bought it, for $115.  (Me thinking) After I paid, how will I get her home, 10 hour drive, 4 door car.  As fate would have it my other grandson’s birthday is in November-I drove the truck and brought my prize home in 3 different pieces.

(Murphy was not impressed.)

She was in much worse shape than I lead myself/everyone to believe.  I didn’t care, I knew she was what I wanted.

This is the middle, upside down.

Top and base, with real wooden wheels, that still work great!

This is my favorite stripper.  It was a beautiful walnut veneer.  I wanted to paint the base and stain the top until:

Can you believe this?  I tried everything to remove that.  Boo hoo, tears did not work either.

The base required the use of these torture tools.

I thought the veneer would come off easy.  Not Easy!

I used a lot of tools and still left some veneer on.


She’s been doing double duty.  She sits in front of an awesome window, with a bench on one side.

She celebrated Christmas with us.

We’ve eaten a few meals around her.

The old girl, looks good again!  

Products used:

Minwax Classic Black Stain

Rust-oleum Ultra Polyurethane in Matte finish

(I used matte to hide some of her imperfectionistbeauty)

Blood, sweat and tears (of joy)

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  1. 1
    debbie says:

    That is spectacular. What a great looking table Debbie! You done good girl!~

  2. 2
    Kristen says:

    Wow! I love this and the black is perfect! Your room is simply gorgeous. Looks like all that hard work paid off. Love, love love your blog.


  3. 3
    Kim says:

    Debbie, that table is beautiful. Love the black.

  4. 4
    Gina says:

    Love the table! I too had been wanting a round table. My FIL found so old wood and made me a top. My husband found an oak pedestal while jogging. The top is huge (60″diameter by 2″ thick), weighs a ton and is a little uneven as the wood is…..old and warped.. Love distressed wood and think some pieces are wormy chestnut but think its mostly just knotty pine that’s been sitting in a old barn. Boo Hoo. My FIL spent so much time on it I hate that it’s not being used but it’s so uneven and so big. He also filled in the imperfections (worm holes?) with wood fill….I about died! Perhaps I should just take some tourtue tools to it and paint it black like yours!

  5. 5
    Pamela says:

    Debbie she looks beautiful!I always love to find imperfect beautiful pieces! Happy Monday lady.

  6. 6

    Debbie… what a great find, and you worked wonders on her!! I know the black isn’t what you originally intended, but it looks fabulous. All the tears were worth it :)

  7. 7
    Martina says:

    Debbie she is a beauty! You gave her an awesome makeover!!

  8. 8
    vickie says:

    Your table turned out just beautiful. Isn’t it great to rescue an old piece and bring it back to life!

  9. 9
    Gina says:

    She looks wonderful. What a fantastic transformation! I guess there’s nothing that a little blood, sweat, tears and paint can’t fix!

  10. 10
    Kathy says:

    Wow, great job-she looks great!!!

  11. 11

    Deb–you should enter this in the DIY Club. Rockler –one of our sponsors sells Citristrip so you can enter this project.


  12. 12
    Deb Owen says:

    Debbie, I wondered how you got that black to look so nice…black stain, brilliant! I’ve tried black paint on tables before with less than stellar long term results. I LOVE how your stain looks. The table turned out gorgeous in your space. You’ll enjoy her for years to come! Deb

  13. 13

    beautiful job, Debbie! I’m suddenly wanting a table for myself! ha!

  14. 14
    Deidre~ says:

    Debbie Wonerful make-over! This table is gorgeous! LOVE yor dog:) Looks just like mine,Deidre~

  15. 15
    ange says:

    Beautiful table, even if she couldn’t keep her original look. Love the base, what a fun find!
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  16. 16

    That is amazing it looks great!

  17. 17
    Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    WOW…her makeover looks outstanding and what an awesome deal you got…hope to see her at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday later today:)


  18. 18

    The table is awesome! Love it.
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  19. 19
    Vanessa says:

    She looks gorgeous Debbie and I think the black is fantastic! What an incredible deal! :-)
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  20. 20
    Mandy says:

    I love how the table turned out. You are a brave woman to tackle this. You inspire me!

  21. 21
    Blondie says:

    Absolutely Love it!
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  22. 22
    Ellie says:

    I love your table! I’ve been wanting a round table too. Your hard work paid off!

  23. 23

    That table looks absolutely AWESOME! I read the post four time to make sure I got every detail! BTW….I wanted to invite you to stop by my blog. We are having an “impossibility” challenge for 2012!
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  24. 24

    Amazing what a little TLC will do! The table is beautiful!

  25. 25
    Gail says:

    WOW Debbie that table looks GREAT! What a transformation.
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  26. 26
    Paula says:

    Your table looks amazing! I’d never know it was the same table.

  27. 27

    She turned out great Debbie! I love it, thanks for sharing!
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  28. 28

    Beautiful table. You did a great job with the finish. It looked like a lot of work. I especially love the way the legs curve in!

  29. 29
    Sarah says:

    Wow, love those legs! Great reveal. :)
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  30. 30
    Laura Putnam says:

    Really beautiful – so worth the work! Take care, Laura

  31. 31

    Fabulous transformation! Love the black stain finish!
    Rhonda – Ramblings of a Southern Girl recently posted..Ikea Rug Makeover

  32. 32
    joyce england says:

    she looks like she,s smiling

  33. 33

    What a beautiful table and it looks great in your home! Great photo in front of the window, love it! I love your website also, set up nice :)

  34. 34

    Hi Debbie,
    Your new table is amazing love the black it is so sharp with your light chairs.
    How does Murphy like it now?
    I love a round table it enables a great conversation for everybody.
    All the Best,
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  35. 35
    Pam says:

    She looks lovely! Isn’t it weird that the black circle stain jumped out when you stripped it. I hate when stuff like that happens. Love it with the white chairs. I have a wooden round table with black chairs, so sort of the same look.
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  36. 36

    I am impressed with the work you did on the table. It looks great and you have been able to enjoy it already.
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  37. 37
    Chlvie says:

    I agree, I love round tables too. Blcak is a perfect choice. It turned out really great for you! Enjoy.

  38. 38
    Shenita says:

    Wow! Debbie, you did an amazing job! The table looks gorgeous! Love the color contrast between the table and the chairs. Very pretty!

  39. 39

    That table transformation is wonderful. I love how practical the black is. Thanks for being such a loyal reader of our blog. We really appreciate it.
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  40. 40
    WhyCuzICan says:

    I think you did GREAT and planned it well to return to get it (oh yeah, and visit grandson)


    Via: Wow Us Wed Linky Party at Savvy Southern Style today.

    Smiles and thanks for sharing :)
    Suzanne in NW Illinois
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  41. 41
    Rosemary says:

    She’s beautiful, and it looks like she’s working hard. Nice job Debbie.
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  42. 42
    Becca says:

    Looks fabulous, Debbie! Such a beautiful contrast to your other pieces, and I love your tablescape! (BIg fan of Citristrip, too!!)

  43. 43

    I love the look of your dainty white chairs with the black table! It looks lovely.
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  44. 44
    Comeca says:

    Its beautiful
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  45. 45
    WhyCuzICan says:

    Just for FUN- Peeking in again from another party :) (I am #41 on this post already)

    Visiting from Miss Mustard Seed’s Linky Party- thanks for sharing :D
    Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN
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  46. 46

    Wow, she may be imperfect, but she’s absolutely beautiful! And, I see you’ve joined our challenge, how exciting, thanks so much for posting our button, I can’t wait to see your project!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog = your newest follower
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  47. 47

    Love this “imperfect table” It seems black covered the main “problems”, because I think she looks great!
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  48. 48
    Susan says:

    You did a beautiful job! So like me also, in buy and then figure out how to get it home! I do want to give you a hint about veneer… if you use wet bath towels rags and leave then on a veneer top overnight, keep re-wetting the veneer will peel off with very little work. I learned this off a blog and although I have been refinishing furniture all my adult life, I never knew this! It opened up a new possibilities for purchases, as often the wood underneath is very nice. I also recommend wood bleach for dark stains on stripped wood.
    You have a lovely home!

  49. 49

    Wow…This is really good! You are so talented!! I’m having a linky party again, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! Thanks for sharing!
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  50. 50
    brandi says:

    You did such a beautiful job transforming your table! I love the way you styled it!

  51. 51
    Kathy :) says:

    I am new to your blog, what a great job you did, we are in the process of looking for a round table too, that’s what caught my eye…..

    Nice to meet you,
    Kathy :)

  52. 52
    michele says:

    I love your table. It looks so nice with the chairs, too. What kind of drapes do you have hanging behind your table? Love them!

  53. 53
    Roeshel says:

    Beautiful rescue! Wow!

  54. 54
    Jeriel says:

    I absolutely LOVE how your dining room is set up! I love the warmth it brings and the look! I just told my husband we have to do this with our table! It’s round but doesn’t have near as much character as yours has:) Great Job!!

  55. 55
    Michele Chambers says:

    SO SO SO glad I stumbled upon your blog! It is like I was like I was meant to see this today! I too found a similar table in a thrift store… was a round pedestal table with claw feet for $20.00!!! So I thought to myself “what the heck!? ” even if I completely mess it up I will only be out $20 bucks……so I bought it……a couple months and a few thousand tears later it is still a work in progress…..I stripped the finish off sanded it down and left it with my FIL to paint with his sprayer….left directions for him to use a black gloss oil based. When he brought it to me, it was so glossy I could see my reflection in the top……sooooooooo I tried several methods to degloss (to no avail) so I have completely resanded and am starting over. I brushed the first coat and it showed brush marks so I sanded then sprayed a coat ……it looks better. However, I was perusing the paint aisle yesterday at Home Depot and a can of black stain caught my eye. I almost bought it but thought better of it considering how many “trial “items I have bought lately …….then I see your fab table then to read that is what you used!!! I think I heard a choir of angels sing! So I just gotta ask : did you brush the stain on? Or how did you apply?
    Love your blog btw!!

  56. 56
    Rita says:

    Beautiful work ! Love it . I’m dying to know where you got the chairs from ???!

  57. 57
    Loribeth says:

    Great job. I noticed you said that the table had a beautiful walnut veneer, but the top of the table you displayed is oak, not walnut. Regardless… Gorgeous table!

  58. 58
    Kam says:

    Love what you have done with the table! Love the chairs too. Where did they come from?

  59. 59
    Laura says:

    What is the diameter of the table?

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