A couple of years ago we moved into the house we are in now. The plan at the time was to have our own house built within a few years but as you all know the recession really hit so we put off building for another couple of years. At the time when we moved in we didn't want to be spending too much on furniture that would not suit our new house so I started looking up donedeal for some bargains, specifically a kitchen table. I was looking for about a week when an ad was placed for a kitchen table and chairs in Longford, so I went to have a look. It turned out I actually knew the person selling the items and we done a deal for €200 for a table and six chairs. I was delighted with it! It was a good strong, extend able table in good condition and suited us perfect. I always had the intention of doing something with it to blend in with the rest of the kitchen but again as you all know...time just flys by! Up until a few weeks ago it was covered with an oil cloth. Below are before and after pictures. Hope you like it! I love it now and it will definitely be coming with us whenever we move!
Here's how I did it!
I knew I wanted to paint the legs so this part was straight forward. The top of it I was not sure what to do. I bought a cheap sander for €22 and sanded down the top of it. Initially I was thinking of putting a darker varnish on it so I got a tin of ronseal walnut varnish and put in a couple of coats....left it for a few days but it was not growing on me and it had to go. I got out the sander again and the darker colour, when sanded, was bringing out the grain lovely and giving it a distressed look. Again I left it for a few days. This time it was really growing on me so now there is no way I am going to put anything on the top. I just rubbed in some boiled linseed oil to help bring out the grain a bit more and that's it. Happy Days:)