Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Our biggest DIY yet!

I feel a little silly that I've made such a big deal of this project.  I mean, it has been our most challenging DIY to date, but it's not like we completely remodeled our kitchen or anything like that.  That being said, however, I'm super excited to show you what we've been up to. 

First, I must give credit where credit is due.  My husband rocks.  While I may have been the brains behind this opperation, he was the muscles, painter, and all round do-er.  He spent countless hours building, sanding, staining, priming, and painting.  Best of all, he puts up with me and all of my crazy ideas.  Gosh, I love that man!

Now for a little background.  Our kitchen table is a (nice) hand-me-down from my parents. The chairs and outside border of the table were kind of a honey oak color and it had white tile laid on the table top.  It was cute, VERY functional, and we liked its overall structure.  BUT, the color just didn't seem to fit in at this new house. Our kitchen cabinets are a dark espresso color and we have white trim throughout the house.  The table just seemed to stick out a bit.  We knew from the beginning that our budget for a new kitchen table was small.  Like usual, I have a Craigslist budget with Pottery Barn taste. 

As a reminder, here are a couple "before" pics:



{I'm confindent that my friends LOVE when I show this picture of them stuffing their faces.  Focus on the table, people!}

So I began brainstorming ideas.  We could buy a used table off of Craigslist and refinish it.  Perhaps we could somehow remove the tile from the existing table top and replace it with tile similar to what is in our kitchen? Every idea we came up with sounded like either a lot of money or a lot of work.  Then, I remembered seeing {this} post from Kristin over at We are THAT Family and I knew we had found our solution.

J and my brothers whipped up a new table top to fit right over the existing table top in, literally, 2 hours. It was awesome, PLUS my "new" table could comfortably seat 8! 

Here's my new table top before being stained/painted:



Next, came the time-counsuming part: sanding, staining, priming, and painting.  It's taken us a few weeks, but I'm proud to finally say that our new table is finished and we LOVE how it turned out!

Wanna see?!?  Here are the "afters"...






{the chairs and base of the table all got a fresh coat of paint and some distressing, as well}


I know. I know.  You get the idea.  But I'm just so stinkin' proud of how it turned out.  It's up there with any Pottery Barn table I could have found, but we did it on our "Craigslist budget."  The whole shebang (wood, paint, stain, and supplies) cost us right around $125.  Plus, we have the satisfaction of eating on our own creation everyday!

I'm linking up again with Kimba's DIY Day over at a Soft Place to Land.  If you have a minute (or 5 hours) to kill, head over and check out the abundance of creativity!












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19 comments:

Jenni said...

LOVE it!!!! it looks great!

Jill said...

WOW! It looks fantastic! Don't you love changing what you already have? Great job!

Jodi said...

You guys DO rock!

Kristen said...

Wow! I can't believe I inspired *that*!! Looks so amazing!

Brooke said...

You and J totally rock! We are lucky to have husbands that will follow through w/ our awesome "ideas"!

Sugar and Spice Mommy said...

Wonderful!!! I love before and afters!!:)

Kasey said...

Gorgeous! Y'all did an awesome job!

Jon and Jennifer said...

AWESOME job Missy and of course J!! Looks beautiful!!

Weesner Family said...

Oh Missy that is sooo cool!!! We have a similar problem at our house....you just got my wheels spinnin'!!

The Laumans said...

Looks great!! Nice work!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Missy,
I luv what you did here...it looks sooooo GOOD! Hope you have a FUN Wednesday:)

Blessings,
Linda

I’m having a GIVEAWAY…come by and check it out…I think you will like it!

Orange it Lovely said...

wow. That turned out GORGEOUS!!I love it.
~Tana

Casey said...

Looks amazing...i am working on a buffett. I can't wait till it is done and I can post pictures!

Frugal Home Designs said...

That is beautiful! Great work. What color stain did you use?

The Lynam's said...

You NEVER cease to amaze me!! Beeeeeeeauuuuuutiful! How 'bout this... I will play with your kids for a whole day if you come to my house to give me some DIY project ideas. Wadda ya say?

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

I absolutely LOVE it! It's gorgeous, and it reminds me how quickly and easily some of these projects can be done. I think I have a table I could tackle this kind of project on! Thanks for the inspiration ... great job!

Katie said...

Great job and congrats on being featured on Soft place to Land!!

{The Classy Woman} said...

Great job! I'm actually just getting ready to paint our round 4-seater kitchenette set black or dark espresso and the chairs will be cream.

I love what you did with the darker bit to make them appear antiqued. I may have to use your idea for inspiration. That table top looks awesome! :)

Sara said...

Love it! We are working on finishing our kitchen island in a similar style- so thanks for the inspiration:) Can you tell me what brand/type/color stain you used? My cabinets are creamy white and espresso so I LOVE your color choice... Also- how durable do you think it is? Thanks!

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