Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dining Table Refinishing

Hey everyone, so I found this table and chairs on Craigslist.  I liked the curves of the legs and chairs and the fact that it was very sturdy.  A big bonus was the table had a built-in leaf and the chairs were the ladder back style that I was looking for.  All it needed was a little TLC. 

We (meaning me and my handy husband), lightly sanded the table and chairs.  We used Zinsser Brand Primer on the entire table including the built-in leaf. 

Next, we used two coats of Dunn Edwards’ water-based paint in Baize Green.  We let the paint dry overnight and then we lightly sanded the high-point areas to give it a distressed look.  The original wood color came through when we sanded.  
I used a wood pen in some areas to give more contrast.  After wiping the table down to get the dust cleaned up, we then sealed it with Varathane brand Polyurethane in Crystal Clear.  We hit it with a second coat of the poly and let it dry.  I think we could have gone a bit heavier on the distressing but we are pretty happy with it.  One day, if the mood strikes, we can always take the table outside and sand more and then put another coat of polyurethane on it.  Yes, one of these days...

As for the chairs, we stained them with a nice walnut.  It is very thick and you have to work quite fast and keep a rag close by for wiping off the excess.  It takes some getting used to but once you do, it's not so bad.  The last step was finishing the chairs!  I found some fabric at Joann’s that I really liked for this project so when the stain was good and dry, we wrapped and stapled the new fabric with some fresh cotton batting on new foam cushions.  One of my favorite colors is light green so I am pretty happy with the look.  We have been living with this for a couple of years now and still enjoying it!