Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Free pedestal table

Not for you, but for us.  We were given a solid oak pedestal table from Shaun's parents.  His mom gleefully gave it to us in exchange for her husband's ok to get a brand new set.  Of course, I had plans for this table!
While the IKEA set in our dining room has served me well for many years, it just didn't fit the style of our house and I was totally over the light birch finish. 
The top of this table has an awesome wood grain pattern, that I couldn't possibly cover with paint. 
So, I chose to do a stain/paint combo with a dark stained top and white painted pedestal and apron.  I'm hoping it will turn out like Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife's table!
Don't you love this?  And of course I will be painting some awesome chairs (not the ones that came with this table!) to match the white base...but that is a story for another day because it includes sort of a rant and I just don't have time at 11pm, ok??  Oh yeah, this table does have one leaf that makes it comfortable for about 6 or 7 people. 
So, I started sanding that first in case I messed up.  Never know, right?  I could always just say I lost it and no one would know.  Except they would know that I'm an idiot that loses huge parts of tables.  That's better than being a bad sander, though.
You know I was thinking about this post from Kasey while I was doing this!  Luckily this table is hard oak and I didn't have to worry too much about swirl marks and uneven sanding.  At least I hope so!  I started with 60 grit and then did a round with 150.  I'm still not sure whether I will do 220 or call it good.  The non-leaf parts of the table were much harder to sand....but after a few hour-long sanding sessions, I had a message for the table. 
Let's hope I'm still the winner when I start the staining process!

21 comments:

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Awesome! That's going to look so great! I would definitely do a once over with 220, but it shouldn't take long to do that. And staining is fun! I can't wait to see it finished!

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

It will be fabulous when you get it done. Yeah in-laws!!!!

Pigeon said...

that's going to look lovely!

-Kasey said...

The table looks great! Can't wait to see the final product. I'm sure it will look awesome! :)

Danielle and Clint said...

Lookin good! That is awesome that you were given the table for free! And I agree, it does fit the style of your home more.

The Brick Cottage said...

Niiice! It's going to look great when your done with it!

ethan@OPC said...

So far so good!! I bet it turns out beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished product. And great score on the free table!

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

GORGEOUS! What a treasure. I need to refinish our hand-me-down pedestal table. Someday. : )

Kerry said...

What a GREAT table. I wish someone would off load a gorgeous pedestal table for me to refinish. Love it! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

reFind said...

Such a fun table - and bonus that it is free! Can't wait to see the finished project with the chairs!
Megan @ reFind

Amanda said...

I was so relieved to see that you were going to stain the top. I love painted furniture, but sometimes I think people go a bit far with it and cover up some really awesome wood. But you do have my blessing to paint the base white (I know you were waiting for it). It's going to look frakkin awesome!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Good call with keeping the wood top! I have a feeling this is going to have one amazing result!!

Mrs. Chic said...

We have the same table and after we stained it dark walnut it look 100x better and fresher!

I really like the two tone direction your going in

Mary @ stylefyles said...

awesome! that's going to look SO pretty!!! I love the stained top and painted bottom!!!!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I can't wait to see the end result! I know that it's going to look gorgeous! Awesome job and terrific vision! Angie xo

Miss Chelsea said...

Thanks for the inspiration... I have a very similar table now I know what I'm doing to it!! =)

Kate at Dream To Life said...

Oh wow! It's going to be so beautiful! Can't wait to see :>)

k

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

YES YES YES! I love this idea! Especially after how my console table turned out. I'm so excited for you and your sanding triumph! :)

Inez said...

JEALOUS! It looks really, really great. You did an awesome job! I've always wanted a pedestal table. So yeah, tooootally jealous!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

I love the two toned look....and that chunky pedestal. What a great addition to the room. Good luck with the staining.....I have always wanted to try it.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

hehe... I love the message in the dust. Great job!

I really like the inspiration table. It's going to look amazing.