Re-Do Thrift Store Furniture | Pub Dining Table

Written by on February 22, 2012 in DIY, Furniture, Upcycle with 1 Comment

In one of my favorite thrift stores, I found a pub height table and 4 chairs. The table has butterfly leaves and was made of solid blonde maple — heavier than all get-out! I had been looking at new pub tables but was unhappy with the “wood-like” material they were constructed from and the fact that they looked like if I blew air from my mouth they would fall over.

It was in pieces when I found it — the table top was separated from the legs and the upholstered chair seats were ripped and stained all over. I figured, since the set was made from maple, I wouldn’t be able to afford it — even in a thrift store. My heart in my throat, I approached slowly and checked out the price tag. It read: “pub table and 4 chairs $50″


DIY Project Begins

I hauled it back to my over stuffed garage and made a careful inspection at what I had gotten myself into… Another DIY project!  Take a look…

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Table Top


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Table Legs


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Pub Height Table Chairs


I decided to first sand everything. There was a very dull urethane on all the chairs and legs. A light sanding took care of that. The table top, however, was a different story. No amount of sanding was breaking through the think layer of urethane. I broke down and bought an biodegradable stripping agent. It worked like a charm and saved me lots of time.

Now that I had all the pieces ready to go… I had to make a decision on the style I wanted. I really liked the grain and color of the maple but knew I didn’t want the table top natural. So, I opted to re-urethane the table legs and chairs. The gloss finish was gorgeous!

I went to my local fabric store and found some striped outdoor fabric by Tommy Bahama at 50% off and bought enough to re-upholster the chair seats. The image isn’t great but it has greens, pinks, ivory, blues and oranges in it. It’s more vibrant than the swatch looks.


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Fabric for Chair Seats


The Table Top

Now came the table top. I bought a primer and an off white color. I painted it all with each and then added a second coat of the off white. It looked okay but new. I was wanting a vintage look so that would never do. I had a can of walnut stain so I experimented with a faux finish. I took a clean, dry brush and dipped it in the stain and then dabbed it on a cloth to take off the majority. With long strokes, I covered the table top. Dry brushing gives the illusion of grain and age. I went back and sanded down to the wood in various spots and areas that would traditionally get a lot of wear. Then, I added a few coats of water based poly urethane.

When I was finished I thought it looked kind of like a piece of beach wood, drift wood or an old barn. I loved it!

I let it dry a couple of days and then attached the legs and set the chairs around it. Upon final approval, I moved it into the house. I love my beachy, cottage-y table and chairs! I love the contrast of the top with the legs and chairs. It’s not so matchy-matchy that way!

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Before I moved it into the house


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After I moved it in the house

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  1. Lindley says:

    I am definitely trying this! Finally, something I can actually do!

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