Sunday, January 24, 2016

Kitchen Table Now Coffee Table

Last weekend I found an oak kitchen table on Kijiji for $25.00.  This is it disassembled.  

It even has beautiful rope detail.

My plan was not to use it as a kitchen table, but to transform it into a coffee table.  I already have a round coffee table but it wasn't what I really wanted for my tiny living room.  It served its purpose but I wanted something more substantial.  You can see the old table below...

First thing I needed to do was to remove the screws that attach the table to the base from the pedestal.  

I then measured the height of my seat cushions on the couch and decided to make my coffee table the same height.  Using a hand saw, I cut the pedestal to the appropriate height. Don't judge me...I know that I'm doing a messy job in my livingroom! 

I used masking tape to make the cutting line so I kept it level and straight.  It worked very well!

I replaced the screws at the top of the pedestal making sure to measure and line up the holes at the bottom of the tabletop.

I sanded the table top and stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut stain.  When dry, I lightly sanded it with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any roughness.  I then waxed it with Minwax Paste Wax to protect the surface.  The edge of the tabletop together with the legs and pedestal received a coat of primer before I added two coats of Behr paint called Totally Black.  

Here is the finished table...

I love it and am very happy with the results.  And,  it only cost me $25.00 and a few hours of labour!  

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week!



  1. Great transformation!! It looks so pretty in your room.

    Have a blessed week...

  2. What an awesome idea. I wish now that I would have saved an old table of my mothers. It would have made an amazing table like yours. Darn! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Gorgeous transformation! I can't believe you cut it by hand! Well done! It was worth all the effort to achieve this high end look! I hope you have a great week!

  4. Love this!
    What an awesome transformation!


  5. Well done! What a beautiful table you have now. I loved this post because we did exactly the same thing to our 20 year old (Ikea) pine dining table, I even stained the top the same walnut colour! I routed out a recess in the top and put in a thin MDF panel painted & lacquered to look like granite. The legs, pedestal and frieze are painted ivory. We're also very please with our new coffee table.

  6. Beautiful, love it!! Great idea!!

  7. You are amazingly creative and industrious! Very impressive!