One of my awesome blog readers who I've never met or don't know by name told her daughter about my blog. Her daughter then contacted me about doing a makeover on her grandfather's dining table. She recently renovated her home and wanted to keep the table for her dining room. Many emails transpired over several weeks and the end result was Grandpa's Dining Table got this new look!
This is what the table used to look like...
It took only moments for me to realize the top of the table was a very thin veneer and so I had to sand it VERY carefully. Using a 1/2 Sheet Sander with 100 grit sandpaper I removed the shiny finish. Next I switched to 180 grit sandpaper, being careful not to press too firmly. The remainder of the finish that I couldn't get off was removed by hand with 220 grit sandpaper. It was labor intensive but worth the extra time to get down to the bare wood.
I sanded the base of the table lightly to give it some bite for the chalk paint to adhere. Then I mixed a custom white paint color to match the new dining chairs purchased for this table. It took a little playing but as you can see in the photo above, it's pretty darn good match!
I applied one coat of Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut. I only left the stain on for five minutes before wiping off the excess because we didn't want the table to look too dark. You can see in the photo above it was coming off a little orangey.
The picture above of one of the table leaves is after a light second coat of stain and that did the trick! I really like how beautifully the stain color looks with the painted base.
The entire table was protected with four coats of satin Minwax Polycrylic that was sprayed on with my shop workhorse, the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer. I'm not being compensated by Minwax or HomeRight for this post - just sharing the love. Look how smooth that top looks!
I had to add a little Christmas bling for the photos.
I always get so nervous before a client reveal, but I'm pleased to say that she and her husband were happy with the makeover!
...and when a client goes home happy, then I'm happy.
Now it's time to get messy with some flour, a rolling pin, and an oven!