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.


  1. The table turned out great! I want to refinish my dining room table, thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  2. Katie, Bless your granddaughter and I crafted like crazy on the dining room table. bit of paint and markers and glue. Making memories is important. :):) I love the new finish..the more you did the better it looked. My hubby is working on an old broken chair that I bought back in kidding it's from a dining set I actually bought at Sears..we marveled at the great shape after 40 years. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. Thanks for the citrustrip recommendation. I sometimes have trouble with the chemicals! And your finished product rocks -- you did a terrific job and three cheers!

  4. This turned out great. Very pretty. You go girl great job.

  5. Turned out beautiful...I was dubious of the middle one ever matching, but you sure pulled it off.

  6. Katie,
    Thank you and smartpond for the pump and tubing. You can guess the next project at my house.


  7. Wow! What a great job - i bet you keep walking through the room and smiling :)


  8. I LOVE your did a fantastic job on it.

  9. Katie I'm so impressed! What a ton of work but it turned out beautifully. Have a wonderful week.

  10. You did a great job, looks fabulous!

  11. LOVE the tabletop with the contrast now, it really shows off the grain of the wood, so pretty, and great job! I can't tell you how many times I've had to touch up my kitchen table because I've "crafted" all over it!

  12. You did a beautiful job with the refinishing, Katie! It turned out wonderfully!

  13. You did a wonderful job with this table! I love the wood tones. It looks perfect now! Thanks for sharing at Brag About It! We'll be featuring this at the next party.

  14. The table makeover looks amazing, Katie! You always turn an impossible project into a success! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Weekend!

  15. Very well done. I love the vignette you used as a center piece.