Today's tutorial will involve mixing paint with wood stain on a tabletop, which is a favorite look of mine. I love that juxtaposition! We'll be sanding, taping, painting and staining - so get you're gloves on! For my table, I chose a round table that everyone has or has had in their house at one time, you'll see what I mean in the "before" shot. Take a look at our finished product though:
That's the final result of this tutorial, and I think the pattern made a huge difference in the look of this dime-a-dozen table. Seriously dime a dozen folks, head to your local thrift store because I'm sure you'll find 12 for 10 cents. Just kidding, but these tables really are plentiful. Here's a peak:
Now, I had already taken the legs off - forgive me, I got really excited. You can of course choose any table you want, but let me just say - the great news about these widely available tables is that they are solid wood, the legs come off, and boy do they ever sand well! So let's get to work.
- A Table
- Electric Sander with medium to fine sanding pads. (or sandpaper and a sanding block if you don't have a sander)
- Sanding Sponge, fine grit
- Masking Tape or Frog Tape
- Masking paper (or any spare paper)
- Paint Brushes
- Optional: Extra paint gallon cans (free stilts!)
- Plastic sandwich bags (for inbetween coats)
- 2 colors of paint (stripes and legs)
- Wood Stain
- An old T-shirt
- Minwax polycrylic, satin
- A weekend
To start, let's strip this table down. My weapon of choice, is the electric sander. I highly suggest the investment (check your area to see if you have a used tools shop, you can save a ton o' cash...). I started with a coarse grit, and the varnish flew right off, I was so impressed.
Set these legs aside in a warm dry place for the next few, and flip that table back over. It's time to tape!
Fancy. Get your plastic gloves and wood stain, because up next we give our table some much needed contrast. I'll be using Minwax Wood Finish, Jacobean.
Hold the phone - A friend made it clear to me that I should point something out here, I prefer to use Minwax Wood Finish. Just the finish. Any brand is fine of course, just as long as it's not a, 12 in 1 type thing - stains, seals, delivers, slices, dices..etc. I think that those stains are great for some purposes, but I've found that they are so over-engineered to make the job quicker, that you find yourself rushing to get a smooth look before the whole thing dries. A nice, oil based wood finish like I have here will give you plenty of time to work with it, and blend any areas that look blotchy.
Do this outside though, stuff is stinky! Hello Jacobean...tutorial.
here, and if you are wondering who I am, that's here too. Class dismissed!