Monday, June 26, 2017

Refinishing The Dining Room Table

When I was an idiot teenager, I decided to polish my nails on the arm of the new sofa.
You can guess where I am going with this.
That nail polish spill has nagged at me for years.
Sorry, Mom.
Yet, I continue to make poor choices when it comes to my projects.

I am very hard on furniture.

Crafting projects are always in the works around here and the tables are my preferred work surfaces.
All well and good until a piece gets a great big scratch.

This tray was the culprit.

The finish on this table was always strange.
It was an odd mixture of paint and stain.
It had a weird texture and many imperfections.
"Crafty Crafterson" plus the strange finish put this table on the "to do" list.

This table used to sit in the kitchen.
Jonnie and I were visiting over lunch when suddenly it dawned on me that this table originally had leaves.
I decided it would be better to have a leaf option in the dining room.
So we put the dining room table in the kitchen and the kitchen table in the dining room.
Bill and I made leaves out of stair risers from Home Depot.
I tried to stain them to match.
There was no matching the "Gloppy Glopperson" finish.

So I covered it with a table cloth.

In March I started refinishing the table in the dining room.

I love Citristrip.
It isn't as harsh as other strippers.
It cleans up with water and can be used indoors.
I didn't have to move the table to the garage.

It is nice because you can paint it on and do something else while you wait for it to start doing its thing.
The top coat bubbled.
I scraped it off and reapplied the stripper.

Once it was all stripped, we had a color mis-matching situation.

The whole thing got a good sanding with the orbital sander.
The original ends of the table got two coats of Jacobean by Minwax.
The center got a very light coat of the Jacobean.

The leaves also received a light coat of Red Mahogany, also by Minwax, to get the same red undertone as the two ends.

The whole thing got two coats of clear Polycrylic by Minwax.
It is quick drying protective top coat.

I'm pretty happy with it.
It finally doesn't need a table cloth covering the surface.

I'm enjoying all the dark wood tones in this room.

I worked on the lamp a little with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and gold Rub and Buff.

The legs didn't need anything done to them. They're perfect as is.

The whole room got a really good cleaning.
It's ready for the next craft project.
I'm teasing you.
I hope.

The winner of the pump by smartpond® is Judith @ Botanic Bleu.
Congratulations, Judith.
I'll let you know how we will get your pump to you.
Thanks to those that entered the give away.