I'd been looking for a table that I could put in the kitchen to decorate an awkward corner. With the space being dominated by floor to ceiling windows, there wasn't much I could really do with it. More storage would have been great, but I couldn't put anything solid in front of the windows without it looking weird. So I decided to go with a small table that I could eat at or work on some of my cake projects.
I was actually in search of a cocktail table. I wanted something tall and round that wouldn't take up a lot of space. Of course, what I initially picture, and what I generally end up with, often vastly differ. As is the case with this project.
I found this particular table at, surprise!, a thrift store. It was a little beat up, and not the color I wanted, but it had good bones and fit quite nicely into the space.
I started by separating the top of the table from the bottom. The black portion was too dark for my kitchen, and the light wood tabletop color clashed with my dark hardwood floors.
I used a sponge brush to start brushing layers of stain onto the surface. I used the same walnut stain that I used for the tabletop on my kitchen hutch. And here's where my mistake made my job a little tough. Since the surface didn't seem to be dry enough, and I hadn't sanded it at all, the stain did not soak into the wood like I was expecting it to. Instead, it separated and bubbled up a little. Kind of like rain rolling off your windshield. I panicked a little. Ok, I panicked a lot. I should have just wiped it all off and waited for it to dry, but I was not thinking clearly. So I just kept applying more and more layers of stain until it finally started soaking in a little. But by then my lines were crooked and everything just looked a little off. The good news was that this particular piece was going in the corner of my kitchen and would be decorated with items. So I really wasn't all that concerned if it didn't look perfect.
I reassembled the table. Once I had it all screwed back on, I started in on the stools. They were just your basic wooden stools. I decided to just paint them white and call it a day. I wanted to stain the tops of them the same color as the top of the table. But after the fiasco with the pro stripper and the not ideal staining situation, I opted for the easier route.
After everything was dry, I placed my "new" furniture in the kitchen. I'm always so much happier with my projects when they've been placed in the house. For some reason, the flaws just don't look as significant when they are surrounded by the rest of my possessions. Out in the garage and driveway with the sun shining directly on them, they always seem less impressive. Remember that if you tend to be to hard on yourself.
Goof Off Pro Stripper
1. Remove tabletop from bottom
2. Paint bottom with 2 layers primer
3. Paint bottom with 2 layers paint
4. Strip waxy residue from surface
5. Wait for surface to dry then lightly sand
6. Stain surface until desired color
7. Apply several layers of polyurethane
8. Paint stools with 2 layers primer
9. Paint stools with 2 layers paint
10. Reassemble the table parts
11. Place and decorate!