A customer offered for us to buy this great table and of course we said YES! Check out those gorgeous legs and the leaves fold into it!!!!
Obviously it needed a major face lift. Previously, it had been painted with black latex paint, which was literally peeling away with a putty knife. However, the wood underneath was so pretty!! Yes, I love to paint just about everything, but I do love natural wood as well. I definitely knew I wanted to redo the wood on this piece. I’ve stripped and stained quite a few pieces, but only for myself or family members. The end result is always beautiful, but it is a lot of work.
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The table sat in storage for quite sometime. When Matt & Breanna, my son & daughter-in-law, were building their new home, we decided it would be the perfect table for their dining room.
I went ahead and scraped all the heavy stuff off with a plastic putty knife. Afterwards, I applied a coat of citrus strip to remove the rest of the paint and underlying original stain. When working with stripper, I work in sections. First, apply the stripper then cover it with dollar store plastic wrap to keep it moist. Let it sit for about 45 minutes before going back to scrape it off into a trash can. Then move on to the next section until the table is completely stripped. Once the stripping is done, wipe the wood down several times with mineral spirits, making sure all the “goo” is gone. After it dries completely, sand with 100 , 150, and 180 grit sandpaper in that order. Next, remove all dust. Micro fiber cloths work well.
For stain I chose Minwax Espresso oil based stain. At least 10 min before applying stain, wipe with Minwax wood conditioner. This helps the stain absorb more evenly. When applying stain, use a chip brush to apply and a staining sponge to wipe back. You want to work quickly and avoid leaving puddles or the stain will not dry completely and will leave a tacky feeling.
Lastly, the topcoat was added. Be careful not to over work product or you will leave drag (shadowing) marks. Again, sand in between coats with 500 grit sandpaper to create an extra smooth finsih
The legs are done in Farmhouse White from Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. It is one of my favorite soft whites. I simply painted on 3 coats, sanded back with 220 grit sandpaper, cleaned dust with a microfiber cloth, and then applied the topcoat.
I’m so glad we hung onto the table because it turned out beautiful and fit their space perfectly! When we purchased the table, it did not come with chairs. Luckily, I happened to come across an entire set at the thrift store. They were ugly, so ugly that even Breanna was hesitant that they could look good, but she trusted my judgment so we went for it! Here are the chairs before…..
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Happy Painting & Crafting!
~ Mary & Breanna