I’ve been working on this DIY reveal for…..oh…..at least several weeks??? And I still can’t tell if it’s a colossal FAIL…………or if I inadvertently created a rustic, “weathered chic” look with the $12.00 dining room table I found at the (most awesome ever!) thrift store near my house. You know, the one I go to damn-near eeeevvveerrrry Monday and Thursday when they boast 25% off of everything.
Anyhow, I digress……
You decide if this is a FAIL or an accidental stroke of genius. LOL
Pretty dramatic, right?? There’s something about dark wood that is so alluring and beautiful!
Just some of the materials you will need to complete a job like this!
I love how it turned out!!
I kid you not– I bought this table for $12.00! I knew instantly that I wanted to refinish it–stain it, or paint it with some Annie Sloan chalk paint, which I have yet to fully test!
Staining won out, and I couldn’t wait to get started, since I had never stained a THING in my life. I TRIED to plan according by going to Home Depot and buying all these things I thought I would need:
I broke out my trusty ‘ole sander and decided to “jump right in” and skip the harsh stripping chemicals. Sanding will work just as well, right??
If you are staining a project, do not “jump right in”!
Be sure to plan your project carefully, from the correct type of stripper to use, to learning how to use an orbital sander so that you don’t gouge your wood, etc. Because I “jumped right in” and skipped the stripper, I was left with invisible, spotty patches because the sander hadn’t removed enough of the old varnish. The stain couldn’t penetrate the old varnish, of course, which left me with seriously blotchy areas. Unless I wanted to start over (NOT!), I had to try to cover it up and pass it off as “distressed” and “rustic.” Was I successful? LOL
I did use the MiniWax Pre-Stain so that the color would be uniform. However, when you skip the stripper and rely on the sander to get all the previous varnish off, this is what you wind up with:
A blotchy mess!
This is what it looked like after the first 1-2 coats of MiniWax Red Mahogany, which I first used. HORRID, I tell ya….
I ended up sanding out the middle leaf part again, and reapplied the stain. Doing so resulted in the middle leaf staining a bit darker than the other parts of the table. So if you look closely, it’s a darker. Be careful when staining so that all parts are stained at exactly the same time, to ensure even coverage.
After I applied the Pre-Stain, and then the Red Mahogany, I waited 24 hours and went over the body again with the Polyshades in the Antique Mahogany finish,which deepened the color, and helped cover up some of the light spots throughout the body.
I also put 3 coats of additional water-based Polycrylics over the whole table, using even strokes.
I’m actually loving the rich color, and shiny table top!
I picked up this sweet little bench from Ross a couple months ago, for about $35, which I love! The kids will use.
Okay, so real quick– A couple other things.
1. The horrible chandelier in the dining room–CRAFT PAINT NEEDED! I’ll post that project soon.
2. The mirror– another thrift store find, of course! Great find for only $25. The detailing is amazing!
3. And just a reminder what this dining room looked like when we moved in, in 2010….ugh, the wallpaper! What a PITA to remove. Wallpaper should be banned. Just sayin’.
Anyhow…..this was a fun project. I LOVE stain now. The rich color is so beautiful! Even with its wonky parts, our new table is a big improvement over THIS little bistro table, which we’ve been using for the past 8 years. Really, Serena?? A bistro table with a family of 5? HA! Now, that is ghetto.
So, to find this table for so cheap, and to turn it from this…..
….makes me happy, regardless of its faults. Next time, I know better. Isn’t that what DIY is about??
Have you ever had a project that could have been a total colossal fail, but you ended up rocking it out anyhow?
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