Monday, June 13, 2016

Furniture Refinishing -- Kitchen Table -- Part 3...

I do have a way of drawing out a project, don't I? Part 1 and Part 2 of this kitchen table redo have been published previously. The hubs is thrilled this project is taking weeks, instead of hours. I'm usually a fast worker, so a project like this is good for me. It's kept me busy for days. Last week was spent adding urethane to the top of the stained table and refinishing the base of the table.

I used Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Satin to finish the top of the table. This is an incredible product. It's self leveling, so there are no brush marks whatsoever, and it gives the surface a beautiful satin finish. I'm so happy with the results. Just follow the directions on the can for a beautiful finish. It literally looks prettier than when we bought it 25 years ago!

I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to paint the base of the table black or white with distressing. Since I had another piece of furniture in the room that was distressed white, I decided to go with that. You might remember that the base of the table was originally a golden oak finish, similar to this one...

Here's the process to paint over a varnished surface:

Step 1: Clean the area you are going to paint with Zep All-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser or like product.

Step 2: Use Klean Strip Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser or sand it till your arm is numb.

Step 3: Apply Kilz Original Oil-Base {spray or can} to prime and seal the wood and block stains.

Step 4: Apply paint -- can be either enamel, latex, or oil. I used Behr Statuesque eggshell paint.

Step 5: {Optional} Glaze, paint, or stain the wood, if you desire to add a distressed look. {Google "distressing wood" to get ideas.} Distressing wood is an imperfect science. You just eyeball it till you get the amount of color and detail that suits you. Then you kick it a few times and slap it once and presto... it's distressed. Or you leave the newly painted project in a room with the grandkids for 10 minutes. Pretty sure the end result would be the same. Distressed.

Because distressing is not an exact science, it can feel like you are wrecking your project as you add the distressed look. That's how I feel every time I do a distressed item like this. In fact after doing the base of the table I called my husband and told him I was frustrated and wanted to repaint the base of the table black. Then I came downstairs and decided it wasn't so bad after all. Just remember to stand back to look at the project. Up close the distressing looks pretty horrible, but when you stand further away, you'll more easily see the beauty of the distressed wood.

FYI: I used a combination of light brown, dark brown, and dark gray enamel eggshell paint to distress this piece. I just brushed it on with an almost dry brush. I couldn't find a glaze like I'd used in the past in the stores in my hometown. I did, however, find one on the internet. This is what I plan on using in the future when I refinish my kitchen cabinets -- Van Dyke Brown Water Based Glaze.

Later this week I'll show you the finished project!


Claudia said...

Just read your post about your table... how timely ! I am just exploring the idea of chalk painting some furniture. I just got a small sample of chalk paint to try on a little stool.....then if I like it I am going to get Annie Sloan's paint and brushes. I have a gateleg table that I would like to paint.....
Am I correct that you used another kind of paint on your table ?. They say with chalk paint that you do not have to remove varnish.. I am still reading about that.
Your table is beautiful !!.....can't wait to see the finished table.

Suzanne said...

I'm not a fan of chalk paint. I just don't like the finish. Apparently, you have to put a layer of wax over the paint, but every item I've seen (even with the wax) that has been painted with chalk paint has a finish that I don't care for. I just don't think the finish will last -- especially on a dining table. Maybe a small stool and table that isn't used much, would work fine. I'm just not a fan. I used enamel paint -- eggshell -- more durable.

Jenny said...

I love how your distressed table legs came out. Did you use white paint or off white? I don't like when the paint has a yellowish cast and yours is perfect in my opinion. What color of stain did you go over it with? I really enjoy reading about all your projects. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne said...

I've updated my blog post with the colors of paint I used.

Nana said...

You have given me modivation to get my kitchen table done. I'm doing the same thing, stained top and white bottom. I just
Love that look. My question......I think my table is a combination of wood and maybe laminate. How would you do the top that seems to be a combination of the two? That has stumped me! I just love your blog...and by he way....Peonies are one of my favorite flowers too!!!! Sadly enough, they have bloomed while I've been in Pennsylvania with a new grand baby. Being here with my daughter and her new baby is where I want to be! But after waiting a whole year to see those Peonies least we have next year! Your pictures helped me to see what my Peonies would have looked like! Love your blog and I love your ideas!

Suzanne said...

I'm not an expert, but I just saw a friend's table that has a laminate wood top. She had refinished it, so I know exactly what you're talking about. I think you just have to be careful not to sand down too far. I'd use Citristrip Stripping Gel to get off the finish and then sand lightly -- not all the way through the wood laminate on top. You might want to google this question and see what you come up with... ;o)