A pile of tables were given to me. I know. I am so very lucky.
The table I worked on this weekend was the one at the back in this picture. I know I should have taken a better picture of the table, but in true form I just got in the mood to paint and jumped in. It is how I operate when a lot is going on. Paint first, think later.
The tables had been in a vacant house left by previous renters and this one was in pretty rough shape.
I fell in love with particular table because I have an identical one that is in great shape from my mom. My table is a family piece that I would get grounded if I painted. This one I am free to do what I want to.
I spray painted the legs with chalk spray paint I picked up at Walmart. I liked the paint but frankly it wasn’t worth the extra cost for the chalk finish. I should have just purchased flat white paint.
This table at one point sat under a leak and had water stains along with a water ring that just wouldn’t come out, even with sanding the finish off. I tried my darkest stain, Minwax Jacobean, and the stain still showed through. Bummer.
I knew I wanted the top of the table to be stained with the bottom painted, so I knew I needed a solution to my water problem. The solution was my Restoration Hardware Weathered Oak Finish for the top.
I figured out this finish through trial and error and have used it several times like here on the bathroom vanity in our suburban house
and here on the top and sides of the Funky Dresser
It is a finish that covers a lot of flaws and is almost foolproof. This finish is the most popular post on my blog, so I guess I am not alone in using the simple process.
Pickling Stain on top of the stained wood then wipe off in the direction of the wood grain almost immediately.
It always looks a little nasty at this point and every time I second guess my decision.
The next step is to apply a coat of Jacobean stain over the top.
Wipe off the excess stain with the grain and voila- the water rings disappear.
I sanded the paint slightly on the legs and will ne adding a clear protective finish to the top of the table once I am sure the stain has dried completely.
It turned out great and gave me the satisfaction of getting one project done this past weekend.
I don’t know where this table will end up, but I really think it is pretty.
I hope you were productive this last weekend,