school table project

school table project

Before we started school, we were trying to figure out where to create a space for the kids. Of course they could use the dining room but we only have one table & I could just imagine it being covered with papers, books & crafts and us eating on the floor (not that that’s ever happened at our house!;) I wanted them to have a desk of some sort that was just their size but I wasn’t ready to give up my perfectly decorated dining room. We considered giving them a corner of the office but with Aubrey working from home, that really wasn’t a logical solution either. We worked so hard to declutter & simplify when we downsized and I really like how everything looks but at the end of the day, it’s more important to have intentional, useful space than a pretty room. And since we’ve made the decision to homeschool for now, I wanted them to have a nook all their own.

With all that in mind, I scoured VarageSale & Craigslist to no avail. Everything looked like a rainbow & cheap plastic threw up and voila…here’s your kid’s desk! I really didn’t want to ask Aubrey to make something else but desperate times call for desperate measures, folks!;) We went out to the garage that night & started searching for materials because that’s just what we do. I’d like to say it’s because we’re resourceful but I’m afraid it’s because we’re cheap!

This is yet another project brought to you by my brother-in-law, Michael. He found an old butcher block slab in one of his Grandfather’s barns. It’s the real deal stuff…like crazy heavy & thick! We wish we knew the story behind it but his Grandmother doesn’t recall ever seeing it, so it’s probably at least 50 or 60 years old. Anyway, it was the perfect size, so we got to work…


First we bleached the snot out of it because well, it was a butcher block & we don’t know what was butchered on it. (insert emoji with tongue hangin’ out!)

Then we (we meaning Aubrey while I took pictures of his fine self w/ his shirt off!;) used a hard bristle brush to scrape off any dirt or residue that was left.


The next day, we sanded it several times & then used wood filler to fill in all of the grooves & cracks. Since the boys would be using it as a desk, we wanted to make sure it was extra smooth.


We used barn wood for the base because it’s what we had on hand. As if the top wasn’t heavy enough, this has now become the heaviest piece of furniture in our house!


Once the legs were sanded, Aubrey cut grooves in each of them.


Then we fit everything together like a puzzle (please don’t mind our super messy garage workshop).


Here’s a look at the base with a fresh coat of poly…


For the finish, we just wanted something to bring out the natural color of the wood but only had dark stain on hand & Lowe’s was already closed. So we actually used tea and vinegar! It did the job without all the harsh chemicals…I see a lot of this mix in our future!


After the final coats were dry, we brought the pieces in to assemble…this little table is a beast!


Drumroll…here’s the final product!


I love how it turned out and that it’s not a big ol’ eye sore! It’s actually a conversation piece and we didn’t spend a dime on it…that’s a win/win in my book!! The kids are loving it and use it for much more than school! They eat there, craft there ( and I can tell they take a lot of pride in it, which is super cool!


I’m excited for them to have their own space to learn & create!!


  1. Jolene
    August 29, 2015

    Love it- looks amazing!

  2. Lynda Waugh
    August 30, 2015

    You ‘ve made more than a table!!! Which by the way is super cute! You’re training a second generation of furniture makers!!! Love those faces and hands right in there with you. Not to mention memories and I could go on and on….. Well done.

  3. Sue and John McGregor
    August 30, 2015

    That is just way cool. Your house is just a dream home with so many memories included with it. Awesome that your little munchkins are an integral part of everything. There is no price for that. Great job everyone. Be blessed.


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