Another change for the kitchen

A new table for our kitchen

Our poor kitchen table has been tampered with yet again and has endured yet another Soothill makeover!

When we first moved into our new-build family home over 2 years ago (from a country-style cottage) we brought with us a traditional farmhouse table and chairs that my parents had given to us. It thus didn’t work in our modern, shiny, new grey kitchen and we absolutely knew we needed something else.

So instead of forking out ALL the money in the world on a new one, we picked up some contemporary white chairs from IKEA and the table itself got a makeover, which you can see here.

Dave essentially painted the whole thing in grey paint and took away the country cottage look; making it all feel more minimalist and modern. It has been great for our growing family over the last few years. We eat our meals at it, the twins draw at it, we have coffee around it, host dinner parties around it – it’s a very important piece of furniture in our family life.


After looking at many images lately for my mood boardย for my blog and Instagram inspiration, one element that kept coming up over & over was that I truly love wood (I didn’t really realise this). Because even though I prefer whiter, cleaner, brighter images – wood still features a lot in images that I favour. I think perhaps the warmth and natural feel of it draws me in?


So I mentioned this to Dave *i.e. hinted a lot* and (bless him) he set about transforming the table for me once more. Last week he stripped the paint off using a heat gun and then sanded down the last bits from the top. He then treated it with a natural oil.

This has now left the table with a more natural finish and a slightly distressed/reclaimed look.

New changes in our kitchen An industrial feel in our kitchen Changes to our family kitchen Adding more wood in our kitchenMy family home kitchen - a table makeover

I am actually starting to really favour the industrial trend, which has been fast growing in popularity in interior design during 2017. I was ALL about the Scandi look over the last few years but recently I am enjoying incorporating more of this urban trend into our home. I like metal against wood, and reclaimed materials alongside rugs and faux fur cushions.

I picked up this black floor lamp in Homebase this week, which I think adds some interest into the space, plus it provides a softer light than the harsher spotlights from above. The New York print is also from there and the plants too.

A family kitchen table makeover Family kitchen table - a makeover

It’s now a nice spot during the day to read a magazine and enjoy a mince pie before the family come home.


Here are some pieces off the high street that I have picked to suit this look.

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. December 6, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Jeez, Jess!! It makes such a difference. I love the wooden top. We have a similar modern kitchen and a walnut wood table. I really like the mix and wouldn’t change it for the world.

    • Jess
      December 7, 2017 / 9:18 am

      It does doesn’t it? I think the warmth was exactly what was missing in here and I couldn’t work out why! xx

  2. December 7, 2017 / 10:36 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it. SO fabulous to have the warmth and contrast of the wood against all the stark white โ€” it looks fabulous. Well done Dave. I think a mix is so nice โ€” otherwise things can feel a bit clinical can’t they? Love it โ€” and HELLO!!! SO nice to have you linking up with me!!!!!! I’ve missed you!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx #HomeEtc

    • Jess
      December 7, 2017 / 10:58 am

      It did feel really clinical and not very homely. It was bugging me! I KNOW! So good to be back linking up again xx

  3. December 7, 2017 / 10:54 am

    Iโ€™m similar! A few years back I got rid of any wood stuff because I thought it looked cheap. Now, as itโ€™s disappeared I miss it! Definitely brings so much warmth to a room and a sturdy piece of wooden furniture will last year and is so customisable โ€“ as you are testament to! haha


    • Jess
      December 7, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Sounds like me. I miss the wood and think it’s making a comeback. I won’t be getting Dave to paint over anything again! xx

  4. December 7, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Love this new look! I love the simplicity of wood too. We have a scrubbed pine kitchen table which I love because I can put anything down on it and marks can just be sanded off.

  5. December 7, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Looking good Jess,
    Our house is full of handmade and upcycled industrial stuff, I’m sure you would love it ?
    bestest wishes
    PS I’m loving your styling these days

  6. Emma
    December 7, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    This looks lovely, can I ask where your mats are from? Thank you x

  7. December 7, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    It looks fab, I neatly painted my table last year but decided not too and just love the distressed look. And its perfect for taking photos on I literately love my table , Chris just doesn’t get it at all x

  8. December 8, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Gosh he’s done such a great job! I know if I wanted something like this done Pete would just raise his eyes at me and I’d have to get the heat gun out hehe! I’m totally with you on mixing looks too, we quite a few industrial style pieces around the home and I love them. And GREAT TO SEE YOU AGAIN Xxx

  9. December 8, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Love that your table is so versatile and it looks lovely Jess. And hats off to Dave as doesn’t sound like you had to do TOO much hinting. My husband is pretty hopeless at DIY but thankfully my stepdad is a master of all things around the home and garden x

  10. December 9, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Hi Jess,
    Amazing post!
    I love the black floor lamp, this is looking so much pretty. The color is not actually deep black, it is a magenta color…yeah the magenta color most actually ๐Ÿ™‚ I love another color for the floor lamp, the gray color. Love the color of the shades. The lighting is very subdued of gray color lamp. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. December 10, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    I love your kitchen Jess and the table looks amazing with the top stripped back to wood again. Just goes to show you don’t need to keep buying stuff to update the style and feel of a room x

    • Jess
      December 11, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Thanks lovely – we do love to shop but also love restoring or re-cycling too! xx

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