The older I get the more I appreciate antique furniture. Every piece has a story, you know what I mean? This table was passed down to me from my grandparents. Of course it didn’t look like this when I got it. After I decided to give it a makeover, I couldn’t be happier. All it took was a little Chalk Paint and stain for this vintage Kitchenette.
I can remember visiting my grandparents in Richmond VA as a small child and sitting around this table in their kitchen watching my grandparents cook dinner. It’s crazy to think that the table I’m feeding my children on is the table my mother and her sister used as kids too! It’s crazy to think that “hand me down” stuff, even furniture, used to be really unpopular. To buy a kitchen set made of SOLID wood today would cost a fortune, so most of us buy the cheap particle board furniture. Maybe this is why I love to thrift shop; you can find old pieces of unwanted furniture that are solid wood.
This brings me to my dilemma with this kitchen set; it’s a perfect piece of solid oak, with so much history. It just doesn’t match my style. So……time to get my hands dirty!!!
This was a beautiful kitchenette in its heyday, but today, it screams “Country Kitchen!” Yuck, not my style. I wanted to give it a fun fresh facelift. I love antique white- specifically ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT Old White. I wanted to keep the top of the table the maple wood look, just with a small stained accent. So I started to paint…..
I started with the chairs. The pic on the right is obviously the before shot.
I painted two layers of old white and then I took a fine grit sandpaper to “distress” it a little. I finished it up with Annie Sloan clear wax.
After I finished the chairs I had to remove the polyurethane finish on the top of the table so I could stain it. Wow, this was a labor of love. I think over the past 60 years my grandfather probably put 20 layers of polyurethane on this bad boy–seriously. I used a spray can of paint stripper by the brand “Skean Strip.” I like the spray can because I didn’t have to “ruin” a brush or a cloth to apply it.
I used Minwax ebony wood finish stain because I did not want any hint of red in the table. The color is a great blend of dark wood.
Finally, all I needed was to paint the legs white…..
I put a piece of glass on the top (my kids are not forgiving to furniture) and ordered 4 seat cushions from Ballard Designs. Hope we will have many years of happy meals at this table. So cool that its been used since the 1950’s! Oh how the conversations and meals have probably changed.