We are lucky enough to have access to an Arhaus Loft store in Cleveland as the company is based nearby. We also shop at the Columbus location as it is less than five minutes from my in-laws’ house. The Arhaus Loft stores, which I have written about before, are discount stores that sell returned and damaged merchandise along with floor models and overstock items. We stop in quite regularly to browse their inventory.
A few months ago, we spotted the Luca Dining table at one of the Loft stores and thought it would look great in our morning room. Online, the 54” Luca Dining table is listed at $3,300 (but it seems to always be on sale for about $2,200). Even the sale price was much more than we wanted to pay for a table in our informal dining space.
We really wanted the version with the white base, but most of the Luca dining tables at the Loft stores had the dark brown base. We had to keep checking for a few months, but eventually we found the table with the white base and bluestone top in the correct size. The table base had a small crack and the bluestone top had some chips on the bottom. We decided that both issues could be easily fixed and brought home the table for under $600. Read below about how we completed this Arhaus Loft dining table makeover.
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The first thing we did once we got the table home was to fill in the small cracks in the base with wood glue. We also decided that the white finish was a bit too ‘farmhouse’ for our taste, so we made the decision to paint the table a solid white color. After doing some research, we thought that using chalk paint would be a good choice for this project. We were very wrong. I wrote about that experience in a previous post.
Because we had to completely remove all of the chalk paint, what was supposed to be a quick update turned into a project that took almost three months (primarily because of procrastination). Eventually, we got around to scraping off the chalk paint. It took over twelve hours to remove all of the paint and sand down the table base in preparation to repaint it.
We repainted it using a paint sprayer for a smooth finish. We used the Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel that I have used successfully for several other projects including my vanity and a vintage cedar chest. The finish is much more smooth and consistent with the enamel paint. We used SW 7551 Greek Villa for a slightly off-white color.
The tabletop also required some work. There were two sizable chips on the bottom edge of the stone tabletop. You couldn’t really see the chips when looking at the table, but you could feel them if you were to run your hands along the bottom edge.
After doing some research, we decided that the best product to use to fill the chips was a tile and stone repair epoxy. We watched some videos online and then adjusted the process for our purposes. We decided not to try to tint the epoxy because the chips were on the underside of the table and were not visible. Before combining the resin and hardener, we prepared the chips by placing packing tape along the edge of the table. The tape was folded almost in half so that there was a small bit of adhesive to hold it in place but the epoxy wouldn’t be exposed to the adhesive.
We then mixed a small amount of the resin and hardener in a disposable cup and used disposable cutlery to apply it to the two chipped areas. The product we used allows 15 minutes of workable time before the epoxy begins to cure. This was plenty of time to apply the epoxy. After about 30 minutes, we came back with a razor blade scraper tool to level the epoxy. Finally, before putting the tabletop on the base, we sanded the two areas so that the transition between the stone and the epoxy was smooth.
If you have a similar piece or encounter similar problems with another piece of furniture, here is a list of the products we used to complete this makeover (not including chalk paint and paint scrapers):
- Wood glue
- Sherwin Williams Trim Enamel paint
- Paint sprayer
- Instant Install epoxy for fix the chips in the stone table top
- Disposable cups for mixing the epoxy
- Disposable cutlery for applying the epoxy
- Packing tape to mold the epoxy
- Razor blade scraper tool
- Sand paper
Although it ended up being a lot more work that we originally anticipated, I am very happy with the end result. We have a beautiful table that we paid a fraction of list price for and I look forward to using it for many years to come.
What do you think of this Arhaus Loft table makeover? Have you ever attempted a similar project?
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