playroom table update


this post could alternatively be called “update on an old table”  or “nice legs!” ;)

our playroom/school room is a constant work-in-progress.  our needs change often, so we have to be pretty flexible to change with them.  when the kids were little, we usually had a coffee table in the middle of the room for additional surface space.  even though the kids all have their own work space, we tend to migrate towards the center of the room, and when we’re doing school, the kids work at the table with me.


but the kids are bigger now, and their big ol’ knees don’t fit under the coffee table anymore on the bitty chairs we’ve had.  darn growing kids ;)


so then an easy solution was a large 6 foot folding table with a table cloth tossed on it.  the size was nice – it gave us plenty of work space.  but it was almost too big and really wasn’t very pretty.

we still had the old round coffee table sitting in our garage (after we had replaced it with our reclaimed wood coffee table), and i thought we should try to revamp it as our new school room table.  having a round table is really nice in a square room that has a lot of traffic going around it in all directions.  the rectangle table seemed so inconvenient some days.  i just needed a new base on the round coffee table.  i was thinking maybe taking off the legs and putting it on a wine barrel, but then there’d be no leg room.  and then i though logically (imagine that!) and decided to just replace the legs.


the home depot to the rescue, once again!  there were actually a few options of the height of legs that i needed, but i decided to just go with simple legs that were similar to the original ones.  we easily removed the old legs, and sean installed the new ones (they needed a couple cuts, so i delegated the job to him).  all i had to do was slap on a couple coats of the original leg paint and it was done.


now we have a normal height table with plenty of space, but still lots of room to move around it!

and now for a little honesty.  while i’ve been working on the half of the room you see in the picture above, the rest of the room has been a disaster!  so before you think my house is always clean and pretty, please know that for many of my pictures i am shoving the junk and toys aside to get a prettier picture.


details on the room:

table leg color: mermaid’s net by behr

wall color: christopher robin’s swing (home depot)

rug: old, target

white chairs: ikea

built-in desks: my husband’s company, onesource home solutions

chalkboard wall details

wood crate book shelf




  1. 1

    Great job and love the “keepin’ it real” pic at the end of the post!

  2. 2

    What a great idea!! The table looks perfect!
    I just finished painting chairs for our future craft/storage room and haven’t decided what to do with the table yet. Love those colors – might be using those! Just have to get up the nerve… It’s an old teak table given to me by my parents, and somehow I had no problem painting the old chairs, but am having a harder time with the teak.
    Thanks for sharing the last pic too! ;-)

  3. 3

    Beautiful! Love the cheerful colours. I’m sure school work will be of a very consistently high quality from now on (although I’m sure it already is!) I love a good round table too. It does make for a more communal feel and is conducive to communication and cooperation :)
    I love how you used to have a coffee table for the children when they were younger. So good to be able to repurpose furniture and spruce up old pieces to keep them in use :)

  4. 4

    Such a cute idea, I just moved into a new house at the weekend and can’t wait to start painting furniture!

  5. 5

    i love how your solution was not to buy new but to make what you have work. I like that style. very cute table!!!

  6. 6
    Crystal says:

    Love the table!! It’s so cute!! Don’t you hate it when you kids keep growing. I’m entering my last two years of homeschooling. I have a daughter who is a Sophomore in college and my baby is a junior this year. We went school supply shopping this week. We also ordered new chairs for our desks. Fun, but a little sad because I only have two more years…ugh!!

  7. 7

    Love the table update, Lindsey (I often don’t see the obvious fixes to things sometimes either, and I don’t know that I would have ever quite gotten my brain to the “long legs..duh” moment), and I love that I’m not the only one shoving things out of the way for a nice pic (I knew I wasn’t, but stil…).

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