Saturday, August 4, 2012

Kitchen Table Re-Do

So... that kitchen table... here goes...

I saw this kitchen table on Walmart's website a looonnng time ago so I've had it in the back of my mind for a while now. They also have a similar table at KMart, but I'm thinking it's a wee bit more expensive. And you can also find it on Amazon, just so you know. Giving everyone their options, here.


Anyway, I loved the farmhouse look, the bench, the solid surface tabletop, and the size. 
(It's actually a small table; 58"x 35" so it's like a petite version of your standard dining room table.)

But I loved it way more after seeing Katie Bower's table on Pinterest:


After seeing this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do, and thanks to the instructions Katie gave on her blog, I also had a how-to guide on exactly how to pull it off. 

Here's the nitty gritty:

First, I sanded.
I used coarse sand paper to begin with (80 grit or so) and then moved to the medium grain.
This took a lot of blood, sweat and tears, I ain't gonna lie.
I wish I'd had a sander about a bajillion times. But I didn't, so I bled and sweated and cried.
The top is real wood, but it had a veneer finish. I basically sanded it down until the silky smooth polyurethane-like finish was gone. It still felt smooth, just not slicky smooth, if that makes sense.
(It did not feel like splintery wood, other words.)

So after sanding, I wiped it down with a wet paper towel to get the dust off and then let it dry for a minute. Then came the staining. I used Minwax wood stain (1 small can for each piece) in a dark walnut color. I put one coat of stain on the table using a Minwax-brand brush (they are made for oil based products.) Go with the grain. Afterwards I let it dry for just a few minutes and then I wiped the excess off with a paper towel. You'll notice when you first put the stain on, there are bubbles and marks that appear. However, after drying for a few minutes and wiping off with a towel, those marks disappear and you have wood-grain looking lines.
You can see it in this picture... the top half of the table I have wiped the excess stain off; 
the bottom half still has air bubbles and is more streaky looking.



A couple close-ups: The top part has not been wiped; the bottom has been wiped.
You get the picture.














After one coat of staining, drying for a couple minutes, then wiping off excess, the table top looked like this:


Not too shabby, huh?
And then after 2 coats...
(Before the wipe down)


After wiping:


By the time I put the fourth coat on, I felt like I had the color I wanted.
Each time you apply a new coat of stain, the table will get darker. So just apply until you have the color you want.


I did the same thing with the bench.
I let it dry in the sun and it dried super fast!
(If you can do this project in the sun, it will dry much faster and take much less time! I did the bench this way but did the table on our screen porch because we had a couple rainy days.)



After you're done staining, you'll need to let it dry completely. For my bench, since it was in the sun, it only took a couple hours. My table was under our porch so it took almost 24 hours.
After your stain is dry, it's time to seal it. I used Minwax oil-based polyurethane in a semi-gloss finish.
I used a simple foam brush to apply it, and you'll need to buy about a half dozen or so of these brushes (they are only about 79 cents each depending on the size you get) because the poly dries pretty fast and your brush will probably dry out before you can apply another coat.


Also, for this step I would recommend making your brush strokes the entire length of the table; don't stop halfway, if possible, because it will leave marks. Once you apply one coat, let it dry. Then use 'between-coats' sandpaper (it actually says this on the label) and sand it again; this will get rid of bubbling and scuff marks; then keep applying poly until you have however many coats you want. I think I did 4 coats on each piece. Once you do your last coat, you just leave it on without sanding. You will love the finished product!



Now, as I mentioned in my last post, I bought my chairs at Old Time Pottery on clearance.
The Walmart chairs got mixed reviews on their website (contrary to the table and bench), so I was a little skeptical of them anyway; these are sturdy and were even cheaper than the Walmart ones.
They looked like this before:



I knew I wanted to paint them like Katie did but wasn't sure about red; I have a lot of red in my kitchen already (standing mixer, canister set, etc) and tons of red in my living room (which is open to the kitchen) and I didn't want it to seem like a brown and red kitchen warm-tones-only kinda place; I've been wanting to add some cooler tones here and there. So I decided to go with the muted aqua-blue that is in my kitchen curtains. I found some spray paint that I thought was the right color; I came home and primed all 4 chairs using Rustoleum white spray primer. Then I spray painted one of them with the aqua blue paint; it ended up being too bright, although you can't really tell in this picture. I tried muting it with some gel stain but it was still too bright. (Again, this picture doesn't really depict the color. It was like 'Woah!' every time I walked into the kitchen.)

 Then later, as I was waiting for Chad to come home and help me decide what to do, I walked into my master bathroom and glanced at the walls and thought, "HELLO?!? This is the color I want. This is it." And I just so happened to have some of that paint left over (Behr's Zen is the color) ... and sure enough, it was the exact color I was going for! A very muted, very zen-like blueish grayish aqua.

So I ended up hand painting each chair.

Yeah, you read that right.

Go ahead and have a moment of silence for that one, because I've hand painted a piece of furniture instead of spray painting it. It's a first, folks. (And probably a last.)

Anyway, it didn't take near as long as I thought it would.
And after painting them, I pretended I was Annie Sloan and I distressed them. I really don't know how to do this either and so this is my ghetto fabulous way of doing it. I used some cheap Minwax water-based wiping stain (comes in a white tube, Home Depot) in a walnut color and just brushed it on wherever I wanted to and immediately wiped it off with a paper towel. It made the chairs look old and used and farmhouse-ish which is what I was going for, and I am super pleased with the result.
I think I'm going to go ahead and seal these with some polyurethane too just so I can wipe them down easily. I'll probably use a satin finish poly so they won't be super shiny.
And I'll be using the spray version, thankyouverymuch.


So here's the finished result, minus my missing curtain:


Close-up:


This has been my favorite re-do project to date.
I'm really happy with how it looks in the kitchen.
Here's the before and after side by side:


Well, that's a wrap! I'll have another fun post coming soon.
I'm still on a high from my 10-hour junkin day yesterday. Yep, 10 hours of nothing but fun with my mom, aunt, cousin Ann Marie and my 3 kiddos. Emma Kate made her first trip to the thrifting capital of Alabama, Roebuck Parkway. More on that later.
Happy weekend, everyone!

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30 comments:

Sandahlyn said...

Awesome! I love the chair color! Perfect! And, how in the world did you do 10 hours of thrifting with 3 kiddos?!?!?!? I think that's the most amazing part of the whole project! ha!

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jessica said...

beautiful! love it! my favorite part is how the chairs turned out - love the color.

Melissa said...

love this!

So...any bathtime tips for a cast? Holy moly. I am overwhelmed.
Could our lives be any more alike? Our kids are almost all exactly 6 months or so apart...surprise #3 pregnancy...casted second kid. Weird!

Rachel Porter said...

This was an awesome tutorial. I follwed it very closely. I had already bought the same table at a yard sale before I found your blog. I love how yours turned out. Thanks.

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