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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Table is done.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Table is done.

Wow. That took awhile. I think, because it was Tom's grandma's I was really nervous about refabbing this piece. Ugh. I was freaked.

I did a step by step and I'm going to show you...so just hang on. There's a lot. A LOT!

I got my fancy face mask awhile ago, but this was the project that I told you I was doing the other day. I got my mask at Home Depot for thirty bucks.

Here is the table. Before. The top is trashed! Oh look, the chairs have no cushions.

First, I painted the base white. I primed it and it sat in the garage for a couple of weeks like that, then I sprayed the entire bottom white. Even the bottom of the table top. I love the effect. Read on.

I took the belt sander with 80 grit sandpaper to it. It took one hundred million hours to finish. I went through three belts of paper. 

That's a lot of varnish.

Then I took 120 and got the remaining bits of varnish and stain with the palm sander. I think I used 5 sheets of that. It's a big table.

Then to finish up and smooth things out I went over everything with 220 grit and got it nice and smooth.

After I cleaned off the table and wiped things down (use a wet rag to get all the sawdust off), I took a rag and some ebony stain and wiped it on. It was super dark and I left it that way for several days.

Then I took some of this fantastic stuff (bought at Home Depot for around 8 bucks) and wiped it on the table. Because the stain was still fresh, the wax lightened up some areas that the stain didn't stick, and it brightened it up beautifully. It gave it an amazing shine.

After I let that sit over night, I wiped the table again and then did two coats (waiting a day in between) of polycrylic. I love polycrylic. LOVE IT.

The chairs are covered in a fabric I picked up at Ikea for $6.99/yard. I think it adds a fantastic updated touch. 

Two of the chairs we got with the table. Two of them I picked up at a flea market, and the other two came from Goodwill. None of them look like they do now. I love this set. LOVE it. I'm on the hunt for two more chairs for the ends. I'm thinking wingbacks or something with some oomph. Something that really stands out.

It's found a new home already with a fantastic family. I'm so happy that they are going to be able to use it. Plus, they said we could come and visit.



Blogger Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

GORGEOUS! I know I say that about all your pieces, but I'm in love.

August 23, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i really love the contrast between the dark stain and the white base- nicely done!

August 23, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Love the two tone! It turned out so pretty.

August 23, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Really turned out pretty. Looks like a lot of work. Are you still on the hunt for the wing backs since you sold it already?

August 23, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the details on how you obtained such a striking finish on the table. I think it's more than a refinished table -- I think it's a future heirloom! Beautiful!

August 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The transformation is amazing! What a pretty table now.
xo, Sherry

August 23, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Amazing and love that feed and wax stuff. Have to look for some.

August 24, 2010 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger daisybug379 said...

Beautiful! This gives me some inspiration for my table, which is the same as this one, with 6 chairs to go with it.

August 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Tonia Hobbs said...

You did such a great job! You must have such patience, and I know you have awesome talent! Thank you for the "how to" stuff also. I am going to have to look into that wax.

August 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a beautiful table! Your hard work really paid off because it looks fabulous. Great job!!!

August 24, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger - Brittany said...

Oh how beautiful! Absolutely gorgeous! I love your mismatched chairs, and wing chairs would be the crowning elements.

Thanks for sharing. I sooo need to get busy on our kitchen table.


August 24, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

GORGEOUS Kristy! I SO want to sand off the top of my white table to stain it... I know it will be a TON of work. I'm putting your table in the Spotlight @ the PoPP on Sat.

August 26, 2010 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Rebekah Greiman said...

What is polycrylic? I must KNOW!

August 28, 2010 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Robin's Nesting Place said...

Your table is beautiful! Great job!

September 1, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

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