Completed TABLE!!! WHOOHOOOO!!!!
|Excuse the chairs.. they are TEMPORARY|
My original attempt at refinishing the table can be found HERE . To refresh your memory this is the orginal oak table:
How I refinished a wood table
60 grit Sandpaper
Mask for your mouth
1. Sand down your table using an electric sander with a 60 grit paper. Be sure to get the edges and ensure that you have removed any previous paint, stain, and polyurethane.
2. Once sanding is complete its very important that any excessive dust is removed. I used a dry clean rag, a damp rag and tacky cloth. Its now time to apply your stain. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax. Apply using a clean brush and ensure even coverage. Let the stain sit for 10 - 20 minutes before wiping it off with a dry clean white rag and let dry.
I wanted a rich colour so I repeated the stain application 4 times.
3. Once your desired colour is achieved you must apply polyurethane. I used a semigloss by Minwax and applied a thin even coat using a foam brush. Once the poly dried I repeated this step 3 more times to ensure a strong poly coverage since this table would be used and abused.
5. Once the primer dried I applied regular latex paint which I chose not to tint and let dry. Again I only applied one coat as I was going for a distressed look.
6. Using a small bit of sandpaper I distressed some areas of the base to give it that worn look. I focussed more on the outer ridges and areas that would most likely see more wear. I have 2 little ones under four years old so I might as well start wearing it out now. Mostly the original dark polish shined through which is exactly what i wanted.
7. Finally I attempted to apply a bit of dark glaze to the base to get rid of the crispy white colour. The can had gone bad and of course since Im impatient I went ahead and used it anyhow. I applied with a brush and wiped it away with a damp cloth. No harm done and it still made the white look a little "dirty"
I would have had better results if the glaze was still good, it would have really darkened the stressed areas to a black but I think the overall effect is pretty good
And a few tips
- 60 grit sandpaper worked best for me when sanding the orginal stain and poly
- Brushing stain on rather than using a rag to apply it seemed to work well
- Make sure your hands, arms, legs and feet are covered when applying stain. I learned the hardway and became a walking polka dot for a few days.
- The longer you leave the stain on the darker the color however you should remove the stain before 30 minutes otherwise it becomes thick and difficult to remove.
- When applying poly, the label suggests sanding in between coats to ensure a smooth finish. I would NOT suggest sanding. Sanding with the suggested 220 paper ruined the table and forced me to begin from scratch. I sanded again using a 400 grit paper and this also ruined the table. Save yourself alot of hassle and just apply thin even coats of poly so you can avoid the sanding.
Thanks for visiting, I hope you like our new table as much as we do :)
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