Life Love Larson: New (Old) Kitchen Table: Staining


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New (Old) Kitchen Table: Staining

I decided a few months ago that I was over the stain on our kitchen table and chairs (sort of an oak tone). The set was in great shape (solid wood, nice size), but it was dated looking and the top was scratched. And let's face it...I have two toddlers who smear ketchup and peanut butter all over it, so purchasing a new one didn't seem like the right idea.

Here are the before shots:

I had never stained anything before (I have since done my coffee table), but I figured if I totally screwed it up, I would be able to paint it or figure something out! Luckily, I found out that staining is really hard to screw up, so don't be scared-go for it!

You will need a sander, gloves, stain, a polyurethane, and several soft cloths (I used old cut up t-shirts).

Also, don't forget your PATIENCE! :) I say this because the actual staining takes about a minute, but you have to wait for each coat to dry before starting the next. I did 3 or 4 coats of stain, and several coats of poly. This table gets used a lot, so I wanted to make sure it was sealed really well. We ate on TV trays for a few days!

Sand away, and make sure to wipe the table clean before staining. Add a little stain to your cloth and work in the direction of the wood grain. Once the stain is on, wipe off with a different cloth. Allow time to dry and repeat until you achieve the color you want. I used Minwax's Dark Walnut stain (the darkest you can get before Ebony). Easy peasy.

After one coat:
After several coats:

After shots:

Finally, the table is stained a dark walnut! I also just found two chairs for the ends of the table (we only had 4 chairs for the table instead of 6 and I wanted something that didn't match) at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Original price: $229 per chair, marked down to $114 per chair, marked down again to $89 per chair, and that day all dining chairs were an additional 25% off. So, I got each chair for $67 and change! I'll take it!

While I am at it, we also recently replaced the lighting above the table. A big shout out to my husband for his patience with all the projects and for hanging this bad boy! This is the ugly builder grade one...

And this is the new, simple black one from Lowe's...still haven't decided...shades or no shades?

1 comment :

  1. Love this! I am strongely considering staining my dining table. ick! You just encouraged me. I'm sure my hubs will thank you later. HAh! btw, No shade ;) It's Chic!