Kitchen Table – customise and fix up

Okay, let me just lay the cards on the table here (pun intended 😛 ). This was an experiment, if I was going to do it again there are some things I’d change – I’ll tell you about them as I go.

The table was off a giveaway group similar to Freecycle, so it was in need of a little TLC. There was an ink stain in the top but sanding didn’t shift it as it had already seeped into the grain. As you can see from below – the masking tape is because I realise I hadn’t taken a before photo.


We had planned to sand it down where the stain was to get an idea of how deep it went, hence why very little of the rest of it had been sanded down to the same degree. In the end, we masking taped off the edges and covered the middle with light coloured paint.

Honestly, I considered sealing the paint and stopping there but I can never leave things alone and decided it needed something else. I have said before I want a kitchen that is part rustic part kitsch, I’ve been told this isn’t doable and I should go with one or the other. I refuse – also surely kitsch rustic is just a form of shabby chic….


Before anyone threatens me for trashing a cookbook, these were printed or photocopied from other cookbooks – no cookbooks were harmed in the making of this table. I used a water-based paste – essentially wallpaper paste, as it’s what I had access to. However, if I were to do it again I think I’d use something like PVA or modge podge as not all of these stayed stuck and when I was varnishing it this was a real nuisance. I decided that since it took so long to make, it was necessary to protect it, we coated it with yacht varnish but anything that seals it and makes it waterproof is good. I suggest shopping around seeing what is best for you. I won’t know if this was the right choice until the table as seen more wear and tear.

Coasters and placemats have been deemed a necessity for us, to make sure it stays in good condition and I’ve been testing out pictures from catalogues and amazon to see what looks good but still helps the kitsch feel. What do you think?


We thought the blue worked best, we have blue and cream crockery so that’s helped a lot too. Here are some pictures of an almost finished table – it needs another coat of varnish…


Have you done something similar? How did yours turn out? My plans for my kitchen are in my sketchbook, I’m going to add these images and then I may even scan and share my plans!

Published by Michelle Quinton

Mum, wife, perpetual student, freelance writer, weight loss coach, artist and occasionally model. I love to try new things, I love to write and I love studying and researching. Never thought I'd see the day that studying became something I enjoyed, but here we are. My blog is where I put my thoughts, I also plan to start a blog of short stories, with a new prompt for each story.

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