Makeshift Workshop Returns!

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Just when I thought I was done, the makeshift workshop returned. Stored in a barn for years, my old desk was a kitchen table that had been given to me when I moved to college. I finally decided it was time for a "real" desk that not only fit the person I had grown into, but a piece that would make my office more functional.

While old, the table was still in decent condition, it just needed a little TLC...and it was that exact thought that lead me into another makeshift workshop project!

The table originally had a leaf, so once the sliding brackets underneath were removed the table easily fell into two pieces, and two potential tables. I chose to start working on the best looking half, prepping the top for stain by sanding it down.

The other half of the table had a split in the middle that needed extra attention. I decided to toss that half as I wasn't looking to spend excessive time or money through additional repairs, new legs and bottom supports.

Original Top

Original Top

The Breakdown

The Breakdown

Fixed Bracing

Fixed Bracing

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The top was stained with red mahogany a new reoccurring color in my projects. My counter tops are black granite, my bar stools have black metal legs, and my kitchen chairs are black. So keeping with the theme I painted the table legs matte black as well as the upper edge of the table top. I re-attached the bracing underneath fitting everything back together and voila! Table complete.

The new table was originally going to be used as a TV stand for the living room, but upon completion it's a tad taller than my kitchen table. So it looks like I made a great side table for the other side of my living room! Either way I'm happy with the results and very pleased to have re-purposed a piece that has been with me for so long. I'd say this is the end, but I'm sure with only time I'll find a new project. In the meantime I encourage you to find new ways to re-purpose old or outdated items, and share them with me!