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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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    59 thoughts on “Kitchen Table”

    1. 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!

    2. 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…..it 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!!

    3. 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!!

    4. 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!

    5. 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 🙂

    6. 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!

    7. 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 😀
      Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

    8. 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

    9. 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.

    10. 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!

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


    12. 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. 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!

    14. 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.



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