Thursday, March 14, 2013

My very first DIY post! Farmhouse Table

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. This is my very first DIY post and even though its scary to put myself out there, I can't help the passion I have for all things DIY.  My mission is to share all I know and don't know when and where I can. Follow me on pinterst, twitter and instagram for all the happs in my day-to-day life as a busy mom with an equally overactive mind as my children. :)

 Now...onto this very special first post. I wanted it to be a DIY project that meant a lot to me. To show my style and my passions (aka; giant smiles, tears streaming down my face and screaming tantrums). That doozy of a project just has to be my kitchen table set.

Aaaaand here it is for your viewing pleasure!


I have to admit something...this wasn't what I thought it would be when I bought it off of craigslist. And well, this isn't exactly what I bought for the ever so cheap ripoff price of $65.  I bought um....dang....here it is.
(NOTE:  I had the best intentions and I was just barely brave enough to embark on this ugly to chic transformation. (sigh)  yea.)
YUCK
 Double YUCK
 peeling, rain soaked, smelly...DUMB
 Lesson learned...sometimes when things are too good to be true....they are.

 Yea yea yea...I know what you're thinking.  And yes, I paid money for this hot mess.  It came with 6 chairs though!  Alright, alright.  I see my eye for potential was a little bit blurred that day.  Not to mention I sent my husband alone to pick it up.  I'm sure he was scared to NOT come home with it.

So after I looked and assessed the state of this "could be" I noticed it had been left out in the rain for a day or two, (the buckling, the soaked seats) and that the table and a few chairs had been used as chew toys for what I think was a very large bear dog, I decided to call in the big guns for further assessment and ideas...my dad.  We talked about it and since he was re-sharpening his woodworking skills we decided that this table was going to be scrapped and a farmhouse table would be built.

Here it is, crafted by my Pop in it's newborn glory before I stained it (we used some gorgeous knotty pine):
 The chairs themselves were just ridiculously rickety.  I have two small children so unstable chairs are just not gonna happen.  SO I got these beauties from Walmart at a fab price!  To top it off the seats were the perfect width for the cushions that I worked so hard on (and cried over) for the other chairs.  BONUS!  Gorge, right?
 And it brings us to this little gem.  I am STILL in love.  These are the original chairs made into a bench!  I sprouted this idea in my desperation to turn my purchased failure into something positive and useful.  I researched this idea on the net and even though I'm bummed that I wasn't the first one to think of it, there are some fab ideas out there for us novices.  Thanks to my husband (see his leg?) for making the chairs stable and the bench secure.  I still stare at it whenever I'm in the kitchen.  It's my girls' favorite place to sit for all meals. Mine too...
 Here is the table top finished and poly-ed. I used Minwax Jacobean, and then I spray painted (not pictured) the base Rustoleum spray paint in Granite.  (jump to the top to see original picture)

This was a really winded first post but so fun to write!   I had to go in depth to show you how I turned a nightmare into a dream come true.   Props to my dad and my hubs for all their hard work and support.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will come back often and check out all the stuff I have going on in my DIY world and the happenings of my every day life.

Love....Laugh...CREATE!!  I believe in you. ;)
Lori


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