Diy Staining Dining Room Table

Diy Staining Dining Room Table

Hi Kate! I know this is an old post, but I’m restaining a beautiful cherry dining table I bought on Craigslist for $75. I thought about painting it, but like you, I love how a dark wood table grounds a room. I also love the look of painted chairs with a wood table. I’m staining our table red mahogany to match another table we have in our living room. Anyway, you always have such informative posts, I knew I’d get some good tips from you when your post came up in my google search. Thanks for the information and helpful tips! Your table looks great!!! Loribeth
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

After 15+ hours of sanding, staining, priming and painting, my dining room table makeover is complete! Let me tell you, this was one labor of love. My DIY skills and patience were really put to the test with this one. If you remember my desk makeover, I swore up and down I would never try to refinish a piece of furniture again. Well, much like childbirth, time made me forget all about the pain and I decided to give it another try!
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

This dining table belonged to my Great Grandmother, and was passed down to me when I got married. It is at least 60 years old. I love that it has a drop leaf, making it so convenient when we need to open it up to make room for more guests at dinnertime or for parties. There is also a leaf in the middle that you can use to make it even bigger. It is so versatile, which seems harder to come by in the dining tables they are producing today. Since the moment I gained possession of this table 9 years ago, I knew one day I would love to refinish it, as the tabletop was very scratched up and had water rings after many years of use. I never had the guts to try it though, so just continued to cover up the beautiful table with a table cloth, which always bothered me. Fast forward to two weeks ago when I just decided to go for it already!
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

Author Notes: I made a big ole mistake about a year ago.  When I built this space saving and super functional dining table, white was the answer for us. I reasoned white would make the space appear larger and brighter. And it did. I love the white. But here’s the big problem. I’ve never had a white tabletop before. I’ve always had wood tabletops. Have you had a white tabletop? Maybe you are a better housekeeper than me. Because that white tabletop shows the tiniest mess. The most miniscule crumbs from the kid’s snacks, even the teeniest speck of pepper becomes a very visible eyesore against the white tabletop. Now that I have a white tabletop, I know first-hand how forgiving a wood grain is. It’s like having a wood floor versus a white floor – you’ll be a slave to a white floor, panicking over a speck of dirt, chasing guests around with a broom and dustpan.  But a wood floor?  Much more forgiving. So when my sister, a very busy mother of three, asked me to make a table for her, I insisted on a wood tabletop. Not that she’s messy – she’s certainly not – but I’m a big fan of making things as easy as possible when it comes to housework. So wood it is, but we also wanted to make sure that the wood tabletop stands up to years of use and is beautiful. The end results of this finish are amazing. Everyone who comes over, comments on how beautiful this table is. And I know with the finish we put on it, this table will be beautiful and durable for many years to come! For this post, I partnered up with the awesome folks over at Minwax to create a finish that is beautiful, durable and easy for you to replicate at home for your own family.  Thanks Minwax for bringing us this finishing tutorial!  
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

I made a big ole mistake about a year ago.  When I built this space saving and super functional dining table, white was the answer for us. I reasoned white would make the space appear larger and brighter. And it did. I love the white. But here’s the big problem. I’ve never had a white tabletop before. I’ve always had wood tabletops. Have you had a white tabletop? Maybe you are a better housekeeper than me. Because that white tabletop shows the tiniest mess. The most miniscule crumbs from the kid’s snacks, even the teeniest speck of pepper becomes a very visible eyesore against the white tabletop. Now that I have a white tabletop, I know first-hand how forgiving a wood grain is. It’s like having a wood floor versus a white floor – you’ll be a slave to a white floor, panicking over a speck of dirt, chasing guests around with a broom and dustpan.  But a wood floor?  Much more forgiving. So when my sister, a very busy mother of three, asked me to make a table for her, I insisted on a wood tabletop. Not that she’s messy – she’s certainly not – but I’m a big fan of making things as easy as possible when it comes to housework. So wood it is, but we also wanted to make sure that the wood tabletop stands up to years of use and is beautiful. The end results of this finish are amazing. Everyone who comes over, comments on how beautiful this table is. And I know with the finish we put on it, this table will be beautiful and durable for many years to come! For this post, I partnered up with the awesome folks over at Minwax to create a finish that is beautiful, durable and easy for you to replicate at home for your own family.  Thanks Minwax for bringing us this finishing tutorial!  
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

I think it is so great that you continue to do DIY projects ONE STEP ahead of me! It seems I have the same “to do” list as you! First, your front door transformation, and now this Pottery Barn Table. I have a Pine Pottery Barn table that I bought from the classifieds. The leaves in the table do not match (since one of the leaves was never used) and it has started to turn that “pine orange” color. I am excited to try some of your tips to get a streamlined look. Thanks so much! You wouldn’t happen to have “design and hang collage on wall above steep staircase” as your next to do list item, would you?
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

For the top of the table I decided I wanted to let some of the wood grain show through because it was just so beautiful. Therefore I opted for a stain instead of paint. I purchased a gray stain from Home Depot. You have to take it to the paint counter to be mixed-there are loads of color options! Did you know that? You don’t just have to do a wood color stain! I was pretty stoked to find that out. The staining was seriously effortless. It glides on super smooth and easily, leaving not a brush stroke in sight, which is my main problem with painting furniture. All I want to do is stain stuff now. I didn’t take any pictures because it is such a quick process, but here is what I used:
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Diy Staining Dining Room Table

Step 1: Prepare the Project Believe it or not, this project starts out brand new! I wanted the top to be super flat, so a plate would rest on top without rocking. So I spent quite a bit of time sanding the top with a random orbital sander, in the direction of the wood grain, using medium grit sandpaper. You have to be super careful because it will leave scars if you go against the grain.  I followed the power sanding with quite a bit of sanding in the direction of the wood grain with a hand sanding block, starting with medium grit to match the sandpaper in the orbital sander, and then working my way down to fine. Sanding dust is the enemy, so I brushed the project off with a soft bristled brush, then vacuumed the entire area. And then I followed up with a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth.  The table is now ready for staining!
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Prepare the Project Believe it or not, this project starts out brand new! I wanted the top to be super flat, so a plate would rest on top without rocking. So I spent quite a bit of time sanding the top with a random orbital sander, in the direction of the wood grain, using medium grit sandpaper. You have to be super careful because it will leave scars if you go against the grain.  I followed the power sanding with quite a bit of sanding in the direction of the wood grain with a hand sanding block, starting with medium grit to match the sandpaper in the orbital sander, and then working my way down to fine. Sanding dust is the enemy, so I brushed the project off with a soft bristled brush, then vacuumed the entire area. And then I followed up with a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth.  The table is now ready for staining!

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