It’s that time of the month where my Furniture Fixer Upper friends and I are all eager to share our latest furniture projects. You’ll see what they have for you in a bit. Today, my project is this thrifted kids play table that has seen better days.
When I first passed it at the thrift store I was like…oh…cute. But then two seconds later, I was like OOOH….cute…POTENTIAL! haha. I love when that happens.
Funny thing was that there wasn’t a price tag on it. So, I walked up to the counter to inquire the cost. I decided to bring it home since it wasn’t going to break the bank. It has permanent marker on it, chipped edges, wear to the seats, missing center panel, and stains to the toy holder bin.
I’m the kind of mom that loves kid things, but maybe not those that have cartoon qualities. To me it needed a new look. The design has a modern feel, but I decided to take this kids play table to a whole new level. mwahahaha!!
You can see my video tutorial below, but I’ll outline the steps here for you too.
First order of business was to take it apart. I removed the cloth toy bin, took the chair backs off, and got ready to get ‘er done. Since one of the chairs was a Tigger and the other a Pooh, I decided to remove Tigger’s head to make the pair match. Yeah, I’m morbid like that. haha!!
Before I did that, I broke out my sander and removed the design. Actually, I was surprised how easy it came of the MDF board. No wonder it was so worn.
Next, I use the Pooh chair back to trace onto the Tigger chair back.
Then, I used my jigsaw to cut it down, and then sanded it smooth. In addition, I also used my jigsaw to cut and create a new center panel for the middle of the table. In order to make it functional I used my drill and forstner bit to make a finger hole. You can see it leaning on the wall in the picture below.
Once I had everything prepped, it was time to prime. Since this is an already painted piece, I chose to use the same Gripper primer I’ve used on laminate pieces seen HERE in these posts. Notice I’m working on the bottoms first (and I have the best helper). There’s nothing worse than starting on the top only having to flip it upside down and potentially ruin your hard work.
Once the primer has cured, I used two coats of white on the table legs, and two coats of a charcoal on the chair bases. While those were curing I worked on the chair backs. Call me crazy, but I took the time to make them look like those popular armless metal chairs you see everywhere.
How did I do it? Well, I explained in the video. Basically, I used a real image and my transfer method to get the design on and then hand-painted it all in.
When that all cured, I flipped them over and primed the tops of the chair seats and table top with a the same primer and a micro foam roller.
Since there were many layers to let cure, I made use of that time working on other things that needed done. For instance, I whipped up a new fabric toy bin in about 45 minutes. Talk about flying like the wind! haha! And do notice it is made of black ticking…aaaah yeah. I do love to sew.
Finally, the primer has cured and I can apply the paint to the table top. I am after a faux wood top, so I begin with my base coat of this brown. It’s the same technique I use often on my blog, and can also be seen in my faux wood garage door post.
Once two coats of paint have cured, I use a Hickory gel stain and my graining tool to create the faux wood look. Again, see the video below for details.
The stain needed to cure, so while that was going on I went back to work on the chair seats. Two coats of the dark gray, it was time to stencil. Who doesn’t love buffalo check? Cute!!
To top it all the surfaces off, I used two coats of a matte poly. DONE!
Isn’t it cuuuute?!? My two littlest just had to give it a test run, of course. They knew there was a surprise hidden inside!
This sweet farm pretend play set is included with this kids play table ensemble. I painted the center panel with a reverse side meadow so the animals could graze. tee hee!
The best part is that all pieces get stored in the center storage bin when playtime is done. Oh yeah! That makes everyone happy, even mama.
Ya gotta admit those chairs are pretty cute! It makes me wish I had some in my size. tsk.
Here’s a fun view of the before and after of the kids play table. Crazy to think Pooh and Tigger were once there, isn’t it?
If you’re in love with this set and would like it for your littles, you can find it available in my online shop. It includes the farm play set too!
My goal is to inspire you to see past the obvious and envision what could be. I have been working hard to provide video tutorials because I’m a visual learner and it makes it easier to see the DIY in action.
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How cute. Any child will have hours of fun playing with this adorable play table.
Thanks! I think I had the most fun of all. hee hee! 😀
Such a fun makeover, Larissa! I wondered how you were going to make the chairs match…genius! Funny thing…I was going to do a kids’ table set this time also, but only had one chair, and just could not find another in time, AND then I was contemplating buffalo check for the top of my table, only in red ha ha. I didn’t realize there was a stencil available to make it easier! I’ll need to get that! XOXO
haha! Great minds think alike! I can’t wait to see what you do with yours. They are so fun!
so cute and kind of a ‘grown up’ play table now. I love the idea of the grass area for the farm! (poor Tigger!)
Tigger had to GO! haha. He’s my favorite too. 😀
Grace Doty says
How amazing is this???!!! And I love going through other blogger’s makeover! Thank you!!
Thank you, Grace! I’ve missed you. 🙂
You did this set proud, Larissa! Love what you did on the chairs and with buffalo check being where it’s at these days, this set will sell fast. Very clever and so adorable is the grazing flip top lid too.
I couldn’t resist it! 😀 I have always been a sucker for buffalo check. Cozy comfy!
kandice kullmann says
holy moly! thats an insane difference! As much as I love Pooh bear this set looks fantastic now, love that faux wood grain
Woot, woot! I love Pooh too, especially Tigger (poor fella). ahahaha!
Kathy Owen says
You did an amazing job on that table. Love your little helper too. Brought a smile to my face.
Thank you from us both, Kathy.
Trish Shank says
absolutely genius! I always love dropping by your blogs to get inspired and educated. Love what you do Larissa.
You are always so good to me. Thank you, Trish!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
This kids’ play table makeover turned out so super cute, Larissa! It fits perfectly with the grown-up’s chic farmhouse style!
Thanks so much, Jen.
Susan Filios says
So excited to open the table and chair set. I’m thinking it will be a big hit for Christmas. I know you are are a talented upcycler, but very impressed with your packing skills, too! And thanks for the Frosty Snowman Pez dispenser! 😉
Wonderful!! All props go to my husband, JC, for the packing. We’ve both been in the shipping industry for over 25 years, so we better know what we’re doing. haha! Thank you so much for the update and Merry Christmas!
These turned out amazing, Larissa. This set is perfect for kids playing Lego.
Thank you. My kids love Legos too.
Megan Harpring says
Love this! You are SO TALENTED
aww…thanks so much! 😀