A couple of years ago I shared about my project re-doing my table. You can read about that here. After two years, my table needed a bit of help. The base of the table was holding up very well, but the top of the table had all sorts of issues.
While I really enjoyed the look of this, there were a couple of major issues that needed to be addressed. First of all, the clear coat of poly never really sat correctly. Even two years later the top of the table was still sticky. That meant it looked like a hodgepodge of all sorts of things. The second problem is that the paint was starting to chip off the tile. It was really only coming off where the tile not the wood pieces around it. This tells me that the primer really didn’t work too well with the tile.
The more I used this table, the worse it started looking but I was really not excited about the prospect of refinishing it. I kept seeing farmhouse tables everywhere and love the look of them. I looked at a few plans online, but they were all complicated and involved building a whole table Then a blogger friend, Sarah Ann Rogers, shared a picture on instagram of her table. I learned she and her husband had build a new top out of 2X6s for their existing base. Their base looked almost identical to mine.
I did a little reading and pinterest-ing and decided to build a new table top when my daddy came to visit this week. After a trip to Lowe’s, some measuring, staining Daddio and I (but mostly Dad) created a new top for my table.
In theory it was pretty simple. We opted to do a combination of 2×6 and 2×4 boards to get the width of the new top as close as possible to the original table dimensions. Since the boards were 10′ long, and the original table was 5′ we had Lowe’s cut them for us. Dad showed the Lowe’s employee how to lay the boards so they were all cut the same length, smart dad. We bought 2-2x4s and 2-2×6 and had them cut in half equalling a total of 4 boards on the top. We also purchased an extra 2×4 to use to hold all the pieces together.
As soon as we got the boards home we started sanding and got them cleaned up well. Dad later cut that “scrap” piece down to the width of the table on the inside of the base and predrilled some holes. Then we drilled the top boards to the scrap boards. After the pieces were drilled together we got staining. Before we put the stain on we applied a wood conditioner. This was to keep the stain from being “blotchy” with the different grains and imperfections in the wood. We waited about 30 minutes and then began staining. I bought Rustoleum “dark walnut” stain which boasted that you only needed one coat and an hour before the clear coat on tip.
The stain held up to its word and one coat was the perfect tent. Once the stain was set (we gave it two hours just for good measure), we covered it in tung oil to seal it all. We left the first coat of the oil to set overnight and then applied a second coat. After that second coat of tung oil was set,we attached the table to the base using the existing holes.
With that- the table was finished! And I love it! The table will stand the test of time and it looks beautiful. I love how different the kitchen feels with this table top as opposed to the old one. The whole project cost about $80 which is so much cheeper than the total cost of a new table or even purchasing a similar top from someone else. It also took roughly 1-1.5 days most of the time was waiting for the finishing oil to set. You could build the whole thing in a day if you got started earlier than we did. Decorating this table with placemats, centerpieces or table runners will be much more fun than my old one. I can’t wait to have people over and show this table off. Tons of thanks to my very sweet Dad who used his vacation to help me build this.