Mechanics Table to Kitchen Island

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If you open your eyes to possibilities, the ideas are limitless! Here is a little project I undertook ideally for our kitchen, until we stumbled upon a huge cherry wood slab! This table came from an estate sale at a farm. It was in use as a mechanics table. The image I shared of the before, although not the original image of the table, gives you an idea of how it looked when we got it. I took about half an inch off the top to get rid of any grunge, at the same time preserving a lot of the marks left behind from many years of use. In the end, it is stunning for use as an island or desk in an industrial loft or when mixed properly, could even fall into place in a nice shabby country kitchen.
The finished product.
How it looked before. This is not the original table, but an example of how it looked when it was picked up.
A close up of the edge after
After taking off about half an inch of the top.
This wood conditioner makes such a difference when staining!
Soaking in the pre-stain condiioner
adding on the Jacobean stain
Clear coats drying
Bottom metal shelves replaced with 2 - 200 year old barn boards, also stained and clear coated
A closeup showing some of the left behind work marks. There are so many, we often sit and try and guess what the original owner was trying to do.
a nice angled side shot.

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