I jump on the chance to re-do or refinish any older piece of furniture. When my aunt and uncle said they were getting rid of their kitchen table and offered it to Chris and I, we were more than happy to take it off of their hands. The table, according to my aunt, needed some work. I hadn’t seen it for years, but it had been around for as long as I could remember. I’d done homework on that table, helped make dinner and set the table, and participated in countless art projects. The table (as silly as it seems) had a place in my heart, and I didn’t want to see it sent to the thrift store.
After browsing Pinterest, I had a handful of ideas I was mulling over to refinish the table and chairs. Chris and I decided upon our project of choice and headed to Home Depot. We purchased Minwax’s Wood Finish in English Chestnut, which is a beautiful dark stain with hints of red. We topped it off with Minwax’s Polyurethane in a clear finish. We wanted to make sure that spills wouldn’t ruin our table and chairs.
Because the table had already been finished with stain and polyurethane years before, we had to begin the process of sanding. Let me tell you, this was not an easy process. We hand-sanded the entire table and chairs, which took forever. We ended up taking the back of the chairs completely off, as it was much easier to sand the seats. Our apartment looked like we were remodeling, but I could see our product was really taking shape. After the sanding was FINALLY complete, we were able to move onto the fun parts! We put three coats of stain on our tabletop. After the stain dried, we put three coats of polyurethane on the stain. We had some drying issues, so we had to leave doors and windows open in the frigid cold. We did the same number of coats of both stain and polyurethane on the seats of the chairs. With the staining and varnish complete, we set to work repainting the white. We chose Glidden’s Premium Interior Paint and Primer in Whitecliff Beige. We chose an eggshell instead of gloss, which made the painting process much harder, since we were painting over a glossy paint. We ended up needing to do four coats of paint on the table and chair legs, plus the backs of the chairs. However, we adored our choice, and it made our table look so fresh and classy!
Here’s the table before:
You can’t tell from the picture very well, but the white paint was really scuffed and beat up. We definitely thought it needed a makeover!
Even though this was quite the project, I’m so glad we did it! It was much cheaper to re-do the table rather than to buy a new one. It was also nice to hang onto the table that holds so many of my childhood memories.