before and after

before & after: jamie + brad’s kitchen tables

by Kate Pruitt

I have a weakness for mismatched chairs, so I’m feeling seriously envious of Jake and Jamie’s kitchen setup. We featured their amazing headboard before and after several months ago, and this stenciled kitchen table is another example of the pair’s clever and resourceful approach to decorating. Inspired by one of Barb’s “Before and After Basics” tutorials, Jamie and Jake used their favorite font, Bodoni Poster italic, to create the modern graphic tabletop. They also refinished the wood and applied a fresh coat of bright, white paint to the legs and base (which you can see in progress here). I love the results! Great job, Jamie and Jake! — Kate

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The second kitchen table makeover uses one of my all-time favorite materials: plywood. With a little sanding and a coat or two of stain, plywood can look about as rich and beautiful as any hardwood out there, in my opinion. Brad found this lovely 50s-style table and decided to use a layer of plywood to give it a lovely wood top. I love the look of the dark woodgrain and the vintage metal base. Brad is no stranger to good vintage, though. Per my discussion about the lack of pretty pet beds in the following post, you should check out Brad’s beautiful pet beds made from recycled vintage suitcases. Great work, Brad! — Kate

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