Vintage Kitchen Table

Vintage 1930s table

I brought this vintage kitchen table back from a recent trip to northern Ohio, It reminds me of a table you would have found in a farmhouse or cottage kitchen in days gone by. This table doesn't have a manufacturer's label or mark, however, it has a similar design and construction of another table that I worked on that I was able to determine was from the 1930s, so I believe this table is from the same time period.



During

It is solid wood and structurally sound condition, The ends of the table slide out to extend the length of the top. Well they were suppose to slide out, but they were tight and it was next to impossible to pull them out. But otherwise it was a great find!

So the first order of business was to fix the extensions. There were grooved tracks underneath the table. I thought I would need to take it apart, but I decided to try the easiest fix first. Which was to apply wax to the grooves, Easy-peasy it worked like a charm and is almost as good as new.

Apply wax to moving parts
Apply wax to moving parts
I sanded the top with my orbital sander, first with 60-grit, and then worked up to a 220-grit sanding disc for a smooth finish. I decided against staining the top and instead just applied a clear top coat.

An orbital sander quickly removes the finish,
An orbital sander quickly removes the finish.
 Next I applied two coats of Aubusson blue Chalk Paint to the base.

Applying Chalk Paint to the table base.
Applying Chalk Paint to the table base.
 I was dog sitting TJ when I worked on this project. He likes to follow me around, so I put him to work guarding me and my project.

Jack Russel terrier mix guard dog
TJ the Guard Dog
I have to admit he's not the best guard dog. He was dozing off on the job!

Dog sleeping on guard duty!
Sleeping on guard duty!
Back to the project. . . I sanded and distressed the paint then sealed it with clear wax.

Sand and distress the Chalk Paint.
Sand and distress the Chalk Paint.

After

I needed to bring a different table home from my booth to reserve it for a prospective buyer, so I decided to quickly swap it out with this table. So I took a few quick shots just before loading it in the truck.

Vintage kitchen table painted Aubusson blue.

Vintage kitchen table painted Aubusson blue.

Table with sides extended.
Table with sides extended.
The lighting wasn't the best and I think the blue looks a little brighter than it actually is. Either way I love the Aubusson blue color!

Top with natural wood finish and painted base,
Top with natural wood finish and painted base,
 Here's a final shot of the top and base.

Natural wood top and painted table base.
Natural wood top and painted table base.
But before I could get the table loaded up, my daughter and husband decided to play a quick board game of Las Vegas! They are expert boardgamers and even attend the annual World Boardgaming Championships each year in Pennsylvania. They play complicated games, but Las Vegas is simple enough for me to play and was fun (mostly because I won). But back to the table . . . it's a great kitchen table for family and friends to gather at for sure.
Playing games at the kitchen table.
Playing games at the kitchen table.

Supply List

The following is a list of supplies I used on this project. Some but not all contain affiliate links.
  • Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (Aubusson blue) and clear wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders! If you live near a stockist I encourage you to visit in-person to get advice and inspiration. If you prefer to order online I have used and recommend either Fleurish Home or The Purple Painted Lady.
  • General Finishes Gel Top Coat Urethane Satin Finish
  • Orbital sander and variety pack of sand paper (60, 80, 100, 150, 200-grit). The sander is an investment, but it makes quick work of the job and many times eliminates the need for messy chemical strippers. You can find it for $50 or less and if you work on a lot of projects it's worth it. Alternatively you could sand by hand or use CitriStrip to remove the finish.
  • Paint brush and sanding pads.
  • Las Vegas board game this game is so much fun! It reminded me a bit of Yahtzee and is easy to learn. Great old fashioned family fun. 
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