Dining Table Overhaul

Do any of you have that, "garage sale, or thrift store" table that you've been meaning to give a whole new look? I sure did. We were of course using ours and it really wasn't very pretty. I'd walk into our dining room and really want to change it but was so nervous of doing more damage to it. Well we had this table for over 3 years! Yes I'm serious we kept it like that for 3 years before I finally got the courage up to give it a new look! So this Easter, well actually two days before, I gave our dining table a makeover. It turned out amazing and was a far faster process than I had originally thought. In this post I'm going to walk you through my process of my table makeover. 
So this is what our table looked like before.

And this is what it looks like now...
I know right! It's a huge difference and brightens up my tiny dining room so much! I absolutely love my new table. Now we do have new chairs and the reason is because my old ones kept pulling apart on the legs, we tried gluing them and then screwing them together but it didn't seem to matter what we did they would be falling apart in a couple of months again. So off they went to the dump. We got these new chairs from Ikea. I love them, they are solid wood and pretty heavy construction. Perfect for my family!

So let me jump right into the steps it took me to do this overhaul. 

Step 1: Wipe down your table. Give it a good scrub. Then you're ready for sanding. Start with the highest sand paper grit, I used 220 grit sandpaper first, then work your way down to the lowest.  I sanded this table in 3 hours and all by hand. In the top picture you can see the difference between the two sides. I cut my table in half and did one side then sanded the other. You can do it however it suits you. The bottom photo is just a close up. When sanding make sure to go with the grain of the wood too. 

Here is my final sanded product, 3 hours later. My arms felt like they were going to fall off, but I was so happy how it looked, I barely noticed! At this point I took some time to wipe down all the saw dust from sanding. Take your time here and be sure to remove all of that dust. Otherwise you will have problems with your stain.
Step 2: You're ready for stain! I used Minwax in Dark Walnut color. I only needed one coat for my entire table! This stain is amazing! It goes on smoothly and evenly. If you feel the color isn't quite dark enough be sure to follow the directions according to the stain you use before applying another coat.

I loved how the color turned out and didn't feel the need for a second coat. 

Step 3: Now you need to polyurethane your table. I used Minwax poly in a spray can. It was easy to use and fast drying. I followed the directions exactly on the back of the can. I used three coats and waited the time in between coats before doing another. 

Step 4: After the poly I started painting the base. I used chalk paint in sheepskin color. I've used this before and absolutely love the product. Chalk paint doesn't smell and it goes on great. I did use three coats on the base. By the time I was done going around the base it was ready for me to start the next coat, so it went surprisingly quick!

Step 5: Last, I went over the chalk paint with a wax and buffed it up after it had time to dry. Be sure to use a lint free cloth here.

All done! You can totally do this too! And really I don't know why I was such a chicken, wood can always be sanded down and started again. That's the beauty of wood! 


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