Isn’t she pretty!? Ok, let me just go ahead and address the mess in the background. Real life, people! I’m just keeping it real. It can get really messy around here when I take on a project as big as this one.

This table is from a thrift store and the whole set, including the 6 chairs was $125! Yes! $125. And it is solid. What a steal. It still amazes me when I think about it.

When I started this project, it was more of an experiment. I wanted to replace out current kitchen table but we have problems with change in this house. Ok, maybe just two of us do. So I only wanted to replace our table with this one IF I could finish it in a way that it could take on our three young kids and not be to hard to clean. We eat here, craft here, homework here. I didn’t not want to worry about being super strict in how they treated this table.

Guess what! It is amazing and is in out kitchen right now. It did take a full week of almost working all day to get it finished. But that makes me love it even more. It was a beast to sand. Doesn’t look like it would be, but it was. I had to sand it in just the right way to where it would absorb new stain.

So first I used a gel stripper, cleaned that up, then sanded. Do you like how I put that all into one sentence like it was a super simple process? It was hard labor, friends! That part took 3 full days.

Then I stained it with a 50/50 mix of Minwax Classic Gray and Minwax Weathered Oak. It was then sealed with 3 coats of matte polycrylic. It is a DURABLE finish. We have already had so many messes (sticky syrup, markers, drink spills…) and the polycrylic has wicked it all so well and I have just cleaned the spills up with a damp cloth.

I can’t wait to sit around this table and enjoy many meals! I think it is a table that will grow with us. The two leaves make it to where we can seat 10 people!