If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I am spoiled in quite a few ways. One of those is that I usually hire others to do what I prefer to avoid (like housekeeping and lawn care) and hire myself out for things that I like to do that other people dislike (like ad negotiating and blog commenting). This also usually means that I sell what I want to replace or give away broken things and buy new or used stuff instead. But every once in a while, a frugal idea is just too perfect and Mr. BFS and I follow through on it.
Breakfast Table Set
Our new house has a breakfast nook right off the kitchen. We already had a 6 person butcher’s block table with a light wood top and white legs. The problems is that our new kitchen has espresso cabinets and a darker granite, so the table sort of stuck out as very country in a contemporary environment…
Given that this table is very well built and is perfect for a bunch of our boardgames when we play with a small group, we wanted to keep it. But we also wanted it to fit in better with the rest of the area. Enter the Espresso Stain/Polyurethane combo.
Our New Table
After 30 minutes of sanding with hubby’s grandpa’s hand sander and 3 coats of espresso stain over 2 days, it’s like we have a brand new table! Here was exactly what we did:
- Detached the legs of the table.
- Picked up the (super heavy) top and set it in the driveway face up.
- Sanded it down for about half an hour.
- Dusted it off and wiped it down with damp paper towels to get it cleaned off.
- Moved the table top to my car space in the garage.
- Applied first coat of stain/polyurethane at 4pm – took about an hour.
- Waited 6-7 hours.
- Applied second coat at 11:30pm – took about 30 minutes.
- Waited until the next morning.
- Applied third coat at 11am – took about 30 minutes.
- Reattached the legs and set up the super heavy table back into the breakfast nook.
Voilà!!! Take a look at how it looks now!
“New” Table Cost
- Quart of Polyshades Espresso/Polurethane – $12.87
- Medium Sanding Sheets – $3.47
- Fine Sanding Sheets – $3.97
- 2″ Utility Brush – $2.97
- Paper towels – $1
- Total = Less Than $25.00
Not too shabby! I couldn’t find another table I liked any better for less than $200, so woot!!!
Now to get the chairs I really want…but hey, baby steps…
Have you ever refinished/stained something to get it to fit in?