This is how the set looked when I bought it. I found it on a Facebook garage sale site. It was a GREAT deal. It wasn’t 100% my taste but I had ideas for it right from the start. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE old furniture – the character, real wood and it was solid! I’m pretty sure I was born in the wrong era. I wish that I could have all old furniture in my house. I have a lot of old pieces, but this, this was a piece that I could make look old.
And the stools were gross. I wasn’t a fan of the microfiber on the seat or the color. Quick spray paint and reupholstering of the seats – easy peasy! I also added some Scotch Guard to the tops of the chairs to protect my beautiful new fabric!
The first thing I had to figure out was what this was made of…was it wood, presswood? Did it have veneer or laminate?
I wanted a table like this from our vintage home love.
Again, I thought I could build this… HA!
I love the 2-tone with the white base and the dark top. I especially love the wood grain on the top and wanted that for my table but wasn’t sure if I could achieve that look if I painted it. In my head, it would have to be stained. But, I couldn’t stain the top if it was laminate. So, I did a search and came across this site, which gave me an idea to see what happened if I sanded a small area. I figured I could always paint it as a last resort. One night, while the boyfriend was out grilling, I hid in the corner with piece of sandpaper, sanding a small corner anxiously awaiting to see if there was wood grain underneath all that sheen.
AND. THERE. WAS! Game On! !
Here’s another look at just how shiny that table was! I started sanding at 8 am with 120 grit sand paper. After about an hour, the table looked like the second photo. I wasn’t getting anywhere fast. I had to make 2 trips to the store to get a lower grit sandpaper and finally settled on 60 grit, which still took longer than expected! The third photo was at about 3 pm – I was half way there!
After the top was done, I grabbed my used 120 grit sandpaper and went over the legs lightly to get the shine off so the paint would have something to adhere to. This part was super quick!
(this is Olive…clearly, she’s bored and taking a nap!)
I wanted the top to look as if it had been around and used for a long time. The boy child and I were out in the garage using hammers, nails, screws, chains and anything else we could find to add dings and knicks. My OCD kicked in and I was trying to make it look random, while it was all strategically placed. This is why it’s good to have a helper who doesn’t care about non-random “random”. heehee After we got it to where we wanted, I stained the top with Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony. I wiped it on with a rag and let it sit, then wiped it off. I did a couple of coats until I achieved the look I wanted.
For the legs, I used 2 coats of Ace Hardware’s Clark + Kensington Paint + Primer In One in Swiss Coffee. After the paint dried, I used the used 120 grit sandpaper and sanded along all the edges to give it that used, distressed look. When that was done, it was time to seal the whole table. I used Minwax Polyurethane in Satin – 3 coats on the top, while sanding in between each coat and only 2 coats on the legs without sanding in between.
I swear, projects could get done so much faster if there wasn’t so much waiting for stuff to dry. I have tried to hurry the process along, but end up screwing up the piece and then it takes more time to fix it! So there, you have been warned. Let. it. dry!
I am by no means a professional. I have read what works for some people and what I do is all trial and error. This piece was a HUGE success. I am so happy with the way this table turned out, I LOVE it.
What do you think? I would love to hear from you!