This is the second part of my project week. The first part involved the small laundry room which was sort of practice for this larger project. I have always wanted a big square barnwood table and built in benches with storage in my breakfast area. I have been thinking about it for years but figured it would be a very difficult project. By the time I finished this up, I found myself repeating….
WHY DIDN’T I DO THIS YEARS AGO?
Here’s a before/after and then I will go onto details.
I decided I wanted to reuse material I already had. I took the heavy tabletop off and shortened two sides to create a square.
I attached a better “base” to work with.
Attached the wood and cut down the sides to make sure all planks were even.
Then sanded with a belt sander and applied Minwax gray stain. The table was complete.
Next, I framed the benches.
I used a composite type of thin board to line the bottom of the storage area
and used finishing nails to fasten wainscoting panel to the front as I wanted to match the walls.
From there, I took the old table top and cut it right down the middle. I sanded these down and attached with hinges to additional boards that I cut to size. It is very important to have this area behind the hinges or the storage top will not lean against the wall and will fall back down.
Lastly, I added the floor moulding, caulked all crevices, painted, and stained the tops.
Oh but wait, now my countertop stools no longer match!
Well that’s not a problem. I removed the tops, cut a plank of wood to size, and then sanded and stained/painted, and you can see the results below.
I will be replacing the pillows and the light fixture in the future, but again, thrilled with the result. I have plenty of kitchen storage now for those things that are necessary but not used often. (oh, and I need to put a second coating of paint on the countertop stools)