The FREE Table
I'm so happy to finally have this little table finished. It took a while, but was SO worth it!
If you've been following the 'adventure' at the Cottage, you already know we sold it and most of our furniture. Since we are currently living in a small apartment, we needed an 'apartment-sized' table and along came this one.
It was sitting in a corner at the storage unit building and I commented on it (the fact that it's solid maple). The owner looked at me and said, "It's yours!". I offered to pay him for it, but he refused. Even my husband was excited about this table - the size, the price, what's not to love?
The best part about it? The top was already sanded! Take a look:
I had no intention of sanding the rest of it, so I gave it a quick 'once over' with some 220 grit sandpaper and it was ready for stain. After one coat of walnut stain, three coats of polyurethane were applied, allowing for proper drying time. I know longer use polycrylic on tables - you can read why HERE.
After allowing it to 'cure' for a few weeks, it was time to work on the rest of it. I used a chalk paint called Pool that's available at your local discount store that begins with a 'W'. 😉
I wondered if that orangy stain would bleed through the paint, so just to be sure, I gave it a third coat. I almost thought I saw a hint of orange after two coats. Better to be safe, than sorry! Looking back, I should have given it a coat of shellac to seal it...I'll know next time!
The stained edges of the top were taped to give it a nice, crisp line:
Clear wax was used to seal the chalk paint and this little beauty was done! Here are a few Before & After pics:
You may be wondering about the dimensions for this 'apartment-sized' table. With the leaves down, it is 36" x 26". Open up the leaves and you have 36" x 52", enough seating for six! Originally, there were more leaves, but they are long gone.
For us, it's the perfect table. It fits in the current kitchen and it's finished to match the kitchen I will have someday - I like to plan ahead!
Has Fall arrived in your part of the world yet? We've had some warm weather here and I'm enjoying every bit of it while I can. The leaves are starting to change and we all know what that means!
Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you can get outside and enjoy some nice weather!