Changing the table?


I want to shorten the table legs on a Pub Height table that I found next to the apt dumpster. It’s wood and I want to stain or paint it . If I decide to paint what brand do you suggest and do I really need to strip and sand? I want the legs 6” shorten, I don’t have any power tools just a drill with bits

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 17, 2021

    The simplest way to cut the legs is with a mitre box and saw, quite often they are sold as a kit.

    Since your table is wood and if it has paint on it you could strip it with a non-toxic product called Citri strip, from there you could sand and stain or paint. Minwax makes a good stain.

    If you want to chalk paint your table, Annie Sloan makes a good product, you'll need to apply a sealant or wax to protect it when done, Chalk paint will otherwise scuff off easily if not sealed.

    Behr & Sherwin-Williams are 2 good paints.

    If there is paint on the table, you can figure out if it is oil based or water based by taking a Q-tip or a cotton ball and dipping it in acetone-in an inconspicuous area of the table. If the paint comes off with the acetone, it is oil based, if not, then it is latex based. Most indoor furniture that is painted is water based. Then sand lightly so the new paint has something to adhere to.

    Sounds like a good project, have fun with it.

  • You will need a saw to cut down the legs. Maybe a friend or neighbor has one you can use. As for paint, use a primer first and then any good latex enamel.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 17, 2021

    here is info but you will need some tools a drill won't help you out in cutting down the legs

  • Janice Janice on Jun 17, 2021

    You will definitely need a saw to shorten the legs. Even a hand saw would work but will take longer. If the piece is smooth to your liking, you can apply a stain-blocking primer such as Zinsser and then paint in any color you like. I'd suggest using either a satin or glossy finish. The home improvement sales people will be able to advisse you. Sounds like a fun project!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jun 17, 2021

    Perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker or relative might have equipment to help you with the sawing. For re-staining might consider using polyacrylic. For painting a good cleaning and primer might be recommended before paint application.

    A lot of people do recommend Dixie Belle chalk paint.

    Here’s a link to my favorite bloggers gallery of projects. She also has many tips for chalk painting application and problems you might encounter. I hope this helps.

    Her preferred paint products

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 17, 2021

    Hi Gina, first, it depends on the look you want, do you want chunky wood, or country chic? If you want wood, you can sand and stain OR oil the wood. If you want country chic, I think chalk paint is your answer! You only need to clean and sand little rough spots you may find

  • Em Em on Jun 17, 2021

    You need a saw to cut the legs. Have someone cut them for you if you do not have a power saw.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 17, 2021

    If you don't get the legs perfectly even the table could wobble. Would be best to have someone with a power saw to cut these off.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 17, 2021

    You can purchase replacement legs at a hardware or big box store.

    As for refinishing, I would clean with TSP if you are going to paint. Then prime and paint with a good paint and then seal with a water based poly so that it doesn't yellow.

    If you are going to stain, then sand it smooth. If it is light enough to stain, clean with denatured alcohol and add stain. Then add a protector as well but you can use regular polyurethane.

    Note that you should scuff between coats of poly. I use fine steel wool.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 17, 2021

    Hi Gina: Along with the above information. check the angle of the bottom of the tables feet. Some are angled, and you would want to cut it at the same angle so that the table sits flat on the floor. If you use a hand saw, use one with a lot of teeth to get the smoothest cut. Make a chalk line on the legs so you know where to cut, and clamp them down securely when cutting. IF, however, the legs can be removed from the table top AND, if they are the same width from the top to 6 or 7 inches down so they will fit in the holes, you MAY be able to cut the legs from the top and not the bottom :) Just follow the same angle instructions.

    As for the paint, check this site:

    Good luck

  • Dee Dee on Jun 18, 2021

    If the legs screw off you can buy Bun feet at Lowes or Home Depot. I like to use either Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams Satin on furniture. No need to seal and satin makes it easier to clean.

  • Gina Smith Gina Smith on Jun 18, 2021

    Thanks for the suggestion but it’s a counter height table which I want to lower to a regular height but I will take the paint and stain suggestions

  • Annie Annie on Jun 19, 2021

    A good cleaning and a light sanding will be ok if you want to paint it...

  • You can maybe get some replacement legs or rent a saw from the hardware store. Maybe a friend has a laser level — set the table upside down on a level surface and use the laser to line up the cut lines. A sanding primer would help you skip the sanding step if you wanted to paint it.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska 2 days ago

    You will need a saw to cut down the legs. Maybe a friend or neighbor has one you can use. As for paint, use a primer first and then any good latex enamel.