Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kitchen Table Redo

Earlier this year, I saw this in a Pottery Barn catalog:

I loved the looked of the white pedestal table and the black chairs. And I was sick of our current counter height table and chairs. I was over the whole style in our house, that's why it was all repainted and new decorations came in. I became obsessed!
Well, I knew I wasn't about to pay the $800 price tag that was on this table (plus the $200 or $250 per chair) from Pottery Barn. But I knew that I could create it myself. I had a mission...I searched craigslist every day, multiple times a day for the best bargain I could find. There are always pedestal tables for sale on craigslist, you know, the old oak ones that everyone had in their kitchens 20 years ago?

One night as I was do my search, I found one from a garage sale and the price had been knocked down to $40 if we could come pick it up or call by 7:00. I was on it! I loaded David in the truck and we got there as they were closing up the garage sale for the night. Of course I didn't take any before pictures of the table, but it was just a plain stained round pedestal table.

It sat in the garage for a few cold months until it was finally time to get out there and get to work. I stripped the varnish off the top, sanded it, and then David got out the paint sprayer and we sprayed primer and then we sprayed it the same white as our trim in our house. This was the tricky part because we had to wait for a day that wasn't so windy, and that just doesn't happen very often in Oklahoma. So the painting took a few weeks.

Here are some before pictures of the kitchen (this was right before painting so the walls are a little bare):

Did you notice that my light isn't centered over the table? Yeah, that was the brilliant idea of the builder. There is no way I can center a table under that light have room to walk around it. That's another item on David's list to fix...I can't stand it!

And here is my new table:

I bought the chairs at a furniture store for $59 each. That was a lot cheaper than anything else I found online and they were exactly what I wanted. I also bought a 2 person bench that matches the chairs for more seating at the table when we need it. It's sitting in my hallway though, it goes good there too :)

I forgot to take some pictures of my new bar stools, but you can kind of see them here on your right. I love them! So much so that I want one or 2 more. I also added those 3 baskets to the buffet. They match the stools perfectly.
And this picture also shows the uncentered light! Ugh, so annoying!

I'm not finished with this area...I still need drapes and a rug. I have both picked out, but just haven't purchased them yet. Hopefully soon.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're back! I DID miss your posts. You seem to be in a good place. I miss you guys. It's been too long.