Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to easily shorten a counter or bar height table to regular height

How to easily shorten a counter or bar height table to regular height

My husband Noah and I found a gorgeous counter height table (similar to this one) at a thrift store recently for only about $28. $28! It is made of solid wood and had a leaf which turns it into a full square that can seat eight people. But most importantly it was the exact size we needed for our small dining room, and we'd been hunting for a new table for several months. The problem? We don't have counter height bar stools and the table didn't come with them. We have the red chairs you're seeing in these pictures, which I also love and still wanted to use! 

We debated just buying new chairs, but Noah (being the handy and inventive guy he is) decided that he had a simple solution. Cut off the table legs at the right height, and presto: New table, correct height.

As it turns out, he was right!


How to easily shorten a counter or bar height table to regular height

This worked like a charm. The hardest part was sawing off the table legs by hand (which was all him) and took about an hour. Otherwise, this ended up being a simple, two hour fix for a gorgeous new table that worked with our space. Here's how we did it:

How to easily shorten a counter or bar height table to regular height

You will need:

a saw (he used a hand saw)
sandpaper
measuring tape and pencil
wood glue
felt in a similar color to your table 

The process

1. Measure and mark with pencil where you'll need to cut. Noah did this by measuring the table against our old borrowed table for height. He unscrewed and removed the legs, then he cut the bottoms of the legs off with a hand saw at his mark(?).

2. Sand the new bottoms of your table legs just until they're are smooth and/or any large lumps are gone. Reattach them to the table, and tilt the table on it's side so the bottoms of the legs are accessible. Then cover them lightly and evenly with wood glue.

3. Cut squares of felt slightly smaller then the new bottom of your table legs, and glue them on.**

**DO NOT SET YOUR TABLE DOWN UNTIL THE WOOD GLUE IS DRY! We learned this the hard way and we accidentally partially glued our table to our very pretty laminate flooring. It was a process unsticking it, let me tell you, and not a process that left our floors looking pretty!

How to easily shorten a counter or bar height table to regular height

There you are, a new table at regular table height! It looks great in our dining room and cost less the a dinner out for two. Score! This is where it pays to have a handy husband, people. 

Thanks for checking out this project, if you want to see some of my other DIY projects and crafts you can check them out on my craft page!

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