Kitchen Table Refinishing Project
How are we all feeling after the Thanksgiving holiday? I came home refreshed and ready to tackle another big project. This week, I’ve been tackling the kitchen table refinishing project.
This is how our kitchen looks right now:
It’s pretty small, and as you can see one of the chairs does not match. The next problem is that it’s a little low, and exactly eye-level for Ada, which means our food is in a prime location for canine covert operations. We really prefer bar-height to this height.
A couple of weeks ago, Mark and I bought a fairly cheap dining set. Neither of us wanted to go all out and get something really nice because the timing just isn’t right for an all-out investment. So we got the next best thing: a cheap dining set from Garden Ridge (that we affectionately sometimes refer to as the "crap store" – there is some good stuff there, but definitely a lot of crap). The dining set we got was a dark wood, and it doesn’t match our kitchen. So I decided to refinish and paint it, Younghouselove-style.
The tutorial on how to paint furniture was exactly what I needed. So far I have followed the tutorial instructions to a T. On Monday night, I spent about 2 hours sanding the surface of the dining set. I HATE SANDING. It makes my teeth hurt just imagining the noise of sandpaper against smooth finished wood. But I wanted this to turn out just right so I dutifully followed their instructions.
(This picture shows the sanded table with the start of the primer job)
Last night I bought supplies: oil-based primer, semi-gloss latex paint, and Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic Protective Finish (just as they recommended). I then spent the next 5 hours priming and painting the dining set. Fun.
I worked a little late tonight, so I got a second coat of white paint on, and this is what I’m looking at now:
(It’s still wet so that’s why you can see the unevenness)
I have another coat of paint to go, plus the protective finish, and I just noticed that they recommended to apply 2 coats of the finish. Sad face. Just an observation: the peeps at Younghouselove are awfully patient. In addition to all these coats of paint, they even recommend waiting 48 hours before using the furniture.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it that long, but I do want my project to turn out like theirs did. So I’ll try to hold out. Two things are for sure: my before and after pictures will be up soon, and the next few days are going to be spent in the basement with a paint brush in my hand.
After that, I promise to revert to talking about food and fitness. For a little while.
- Dinner and a table View Comments
- Scary Spice View Comments
- Friends, Acquaintances, Strangers View Comments
- Bring It View Comments
- Resilience and garage sales View Comments
- New blog! View Comments
- How I Left the Law View Comments
- Tacos in the summertime View Comments
- Not taking ourselves too seriously View Comments
- I Drank the Kool-Aid View Comments
- On Tolerance View Comments
- Elephants Squared View Comments
- Lincoln Half Marathon recap View Comments
- How to Obtain a Personal Worst View Comments
- An update View Comments