A Table Makeover

When we moved into our home over a year ago, we had friends at the same time who moved and left us this table:
It has been the perfect table for outside activities…painting, eating, and experiments of all kinds…BUT it needed an overhaul in a bad way.  One day I finally got myself in gear and turned the old table into this:

Much better, right?!
So let me take you through the process.  Step 1- Sand, sand, sand, sand and sand.
Step 2: I stained the table in a dark walnut stain…at this point I was worried it was TOO dark, but I was not going to sand, sand, sand again, so I figured I would make this work!:)
Step 3:  Taped down a chevron pattern
Step 4: Painted the striped with a light gray outdoor paint. 
Step 5: Then I took off the tape to show this:
The lines were not crisp and beautiful like I imagined, so I kept working with it. I sanded down the top, which brought the wood grain out on parts of the chevron design (which I loved), but the gray was still too stark…

Step 6: I took the stain, painted some on and wiped it right off..and voila…JUST as I wanted:

So a before and after together:

and up close and personal:

It was a great lesson in figuring out what to do next. Sometimes I get to a point with a project and just want to stop because it “seems” ruined, but this one really reminded me how amazing things can really turn out when you keep on working with it!
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Comments

  1. Meagan says:

    Looks great!

  2. Alexis @ persia lou says:

    I am so glad you posted this! I have been wondering about that beautiful table in the background of some of your pictures. I LOVE it!

  3. Tanya says:

    Turned out awesome :)

  4. Nate and Jessica says:

    I'm going to be working on my coffee table soon. Hope it looks half as cute as this!

  5. heather {WhipperBerry} says:

    I LOVE it… you're amazing my dear!!

    kisses
    {gave it the thumbs up!}

  6. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    It looks amazing! I love the pattern! We just bought a new picnic table for our backyard and I'm hoping to paint it this weekend:)

  7. Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com says:

    That turned out great! I love chevron and have been wanting to do something like this.

  8. Michelle says:

    This is gorgeous, just gorgeous. I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday!! Thanks so much!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    http://www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

  9. c.w.frosting says:

    Perfect chic picnic table! It came out great!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  10. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says:

    That looks amazing! Good job.

  11. Chessa says:

    Looks great! I may try this on a picnic table I inherited.

  12. Kim@todayismysome-day says:

    Great job! Persistence and imagination paid off!

  13. Becolorful says:

    Fantabulous! Fun with that cool factor. Love it.
    Pam @ BeColorful

    I would love it if you would link this up to my Motivated Monday party tonight at BeColorful
    Pam

  14. "M" Clan says:

    Hi Kiki, I haven't stopped by to say hi in a long time and once again am enjoying the eye candy of crafts you have posted! Hope your fam is all doing great! xo

  15. Craftberry Bush says:

    Hey Kiki…the table looks fab,so glad I stopped by…xo
    Lucy

  16. Ginger says:

    What a great transformation! I will never snub my nose at an old wood picnic table again. This is goorgeous!

    Ginger
    Literally Inspired

  17. Sommer says:

    I think it looks wonderful! I wish I could find some nice wood furniture to make over for my yard. What a fun project idea! Please stop by and join my party this weekend at http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/vip-party-18.html

  18. Mindie Hilton says:

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  19. Juliana says:

    Awesome! I love it! I have a question though, do you measure out the chevron pattern or do you free hand it?

    Thanks!
    Juli
    http://www.thejproject2010.blogspot.com

  20. rebecca says:

    this is incredible Kiki! :) love the color. Rebecca

  21. Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous says:

    love chevron. love gray. LOVE the table!! thumbs up!
    happy crafting!
    Linda

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