|Photo bombed by Missy the cat|
Here's what I started with:
The finish was tacky in some spots and worn off in others.
We got this table and two chairs as a wedding gift 33 years ago. We bought two more chairs to finish the set. They were unfinished wood and the table has 2 leaves. Bruce wanted it to be Dark Walnut and I wanted Pecan. He won. :o) Thus the set ended up with a dark walnut stain. One leaf never quite matched - it was always a little lighter than the rest of the table.
Then I refinished it about 15 or more years ago. I tried to lighten the color but it didn't work. Eventually, we bought a bigger table and this one went up in the attic. Our son used it one year but it came back when he moved back home - again it went into storage.
But the big table wasn't comfortable so I sold it and we brought this one back into the dining room. I cleaned it and threw a tablecloth over it to hide the now yucky finish.
I finally decided it was time to tackle it and I got Bruce to help me take it out to the garage. I sanded the top, stained it Espresso (Minwax), added a second coat of stain, then sealed it with three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane.
The base and chairs got painted with a DIY chalk paint using Behr's Studio Taupe in a flat finish. I used white unsanded grout (2 TBLS of grout, 2 TBLS water mixed well then 1 cup of paint mixed in). It covers nicely and dries fast. A light distressing then clear and dark wax. Love it!
I'm so happy with how it turned out! It went from blah to wow and I love it all over again!
Here's the side by side comparison:
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