We began with the legs.
You may remember this table as a post on the blog's "Archaeology" page. It's an old kitchen table with a wonky top and faded layers of paint that spent a few decades in the barn. We thought about using it for a guest book table at The Wedding but it was a little too far gone. I thought it would be neat to scavenge two of the legs for our new entryway table. (Spoiler alert: it works out great!)
We disassembled the table by removing the top and unscrewing the legs from the apron. One leg was worn down a few inches short and one leg had some pretty deep chew marks, so we set them aside and moved forward with the two in decent condition. The table would be secured to the wall with screws, and the two refurbished legs would support the front edge.
Stripping and refinishing the legs would have been extremely time consuming, and there was no guarantee that they would look good. Scott had the idea of brushing on a light coat of Recycled Glass, the paint I used in the pantries. This technique allowed the elephant-hide scaling of the weathered paint to shine through while making the legs look finished in a refined-rustic way (if that is indeed a thing.) Note: the leg at left was my "practice leg" which was approved for production by the boss.
Then We Made the TopScott agreed to use one of the 12" wide oak boards we had in stock, leftover from the colonnade project. He cut it down to 40" wide for this table with the chop saw.
The curves were cut and exposed by using the jig saw.
A little fine sanding . . .
. . . then I got to do the staining. We used the same leftover cabinetry stain that Scott used on the recent kitchen shelves project.
Meanwhile, Scott worked on the top's apron.
He used the chop saw to literally chop the table top's support system in half. The new back of the table was created from a leftover piece of pine, nailed into place.
The table top was finished with two coats of Scott's favorite spray-on, quick-dry lacquer.
After locating the stud, Scott screwed the table to the wall.
Our new little table!
This lamp was in the great room but is the perfect size for the narrow table. The excess cord is hidden neatly under the top. Even though we have yet to decide what to hang on the wall above, we are really pleased with the way the table warms up the entry way. Stop by and see it sometime!
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!