When our family suddenly increased from 2 to 5 a lot of things no longer cut it. Take our 2 small cars for example, try as we may there was no way we were going to be able to fit 3 car seats across either of our back seats. Let's just say I was forced into the mini van Mom deal rather suddenly. It also didn't take us long to realize that our kitchen table was also not suitable for a family of 5. I loved our table so for a little over a year I dug my heals in and tried to make it work. Two things happened:
#1. Our children managed to leave their mark....multiple marks..all over our nice tabletop and chairs.
#2. The person on the end which was not at all meant for a person, couldn't fit their legs under the table. I ate sitting sideways or with my feet bent up under me for an entire year. It will eventually break a determined spirit.
Much to my dismay the hunt for a new table began. I checked out all the furniture stores in town along with a little online shopping and guess what? New tables are expensive and I am "frugal". Not a good mix most of the time. I found myself on Pinterest (go figure) and was drawn over and over again to re-finished tables. So, after a few weeks of keeping an eye on craigslist we found a table for $30. My wonderful husband spent a good hour in the garage sanding it on a below zero WI afternoon and we filled the basement with paint fumes but the finished project was a success. We borrowed the sander from a friend and used leftover paint to keep the cost low. I plan to re-stain the top once our kids get a little older and hopefully stop destroying things along with the chairs (which are a separate find and story). If we can pull this DIY project off, most people can.... and it's also a bonus to save yourself a few hundred dollars when you can. New kitchen table that a family of 5 can comfortably sit at: Check! Finished product pictures below..... before pictures currently lost.