August 28, 2014
Even though, I'm still unsure of how I plan on finishing it. Yet, I'm hopeful it will be completed by this weekend.
Here is how the room looks with the dining table before.
Yeah, it doesn't look so bad, but I'm imagining something very different. Plus Hubby and I are going for a completely new look and the dark wood is definitely out. I did a post awhile back when we renovated the Powder Room and I explained how to determine the style and feel you want your house to look like. You can check out ours HERE.
Here is another reason I'm re doing it.
Rings, scratches and nicks are all over it. Some parts of the table look fine. It's not even that old, maybe 4-5 years?
We most likely paid too much for this table. Yes, we bought it new. It was before my DIY blogging days. But Hubby and I really like the size of it. It fits 8 very comfortably and we can even squeeze in 10.
I wasn't sure if we wanted to re-stain it or paint it or what, so I started off by using a chemical stripper to get the stain and varnish off.
After it dried and I tried using a spatula scraper. That didn't seem to work, so I went for the razor blade. That seemed to do the trick.
The white is the dried part, then I brushed more on the right side and started scraping that. It was a long process but eventually, with some sanding, I was able to get it to this point.
Now, I can hear you all now... Oh, that wood looks cool. I even thought that, hubby did and even my daughter. But...When you look closely, the quality of this "wood" table is cheap. That "cool wood" is a very thin wood veneer and if I sand too much, I'm down to the "particle" board. Nice right? NOT! Plus the stain is still in a lot of the grain and it just wasn't going to come out like this...
Gorgeous... Love it, but it's not going to work for this table. Oh well. I've got something in mind and I really hope it comes out!
After the first coat of primer was dry, I sanded it all down. Now I'm ready to put on the 2nd coat. I used an oil based, stain blocking primer by Zinsser. It went on really smooth and nice. So, this is where I'm at right now.
Next, I need to figure out how I'm going to paint the table. Should I use my paint sprayer? Should I use a water based enamel? Should I use the latex paint I already have? Should I brush it on? Use a foam roller? Ugh! I need to do some more reading and figure this thing out.
To see how cool my table came out... check this... Ugly Dining Table - No More!
I have been blogging for about 4 years and I enjoy sharing all the things that go on here at The Stonybrook House. From building to decorating, crafting and cooking, and so much more. I enjoy gardening and a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly I love The Lord Jesus my Savior and my wonderful hubby of 28 years!
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