I’ve been a total tease about today’s project because I’ve been dancing that line of oh-my-gosh-I-need-to-share-this-immediately and darn-I-should-save-this-for-Trash-to-Treasure-Tuesday. It’s been sneak peeks galore on my Instagram Stories with this thing.
Sooo… guess what day it is?! Trash to Treasure Tuesday, baby.
Our dining room, up until now, has been painted for months but with no furniture to do it justice. (Maybe great husbands and furniture have that in common… for the best, you have to wait a while to find “the one”.)
Feast your eyes on this not-too-shabby before:
A beaut, right?!
It had a lot of knicks and scrapes and the paint was turning kind of yellowish, but oh my gracious alive those carved details had my heart from the start!
I scored this table for $100 on one of my local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups about a month ago. (Sometimes these lucky cheap finds make me wonder if I should play the lottery.)
But I really was set on having a wood table top instead of all white since I liked our last dining room table’s two tone look so much. (It stayed at our old house because the buyers really wanted to keep it, and the shape wasn’t going to fit our new dining room anyway.)
It took three solid days to finish this table, but it was worth every minute of it.
Supplies Used: (Some affiliate links are provided below for convenience.)
- Belt Sander
- Coarse grit, medium grit, and fine grit sanding belts
- Heat gun
- Putty knife
- Dust mask
- Safety goggles
- Tack cloth
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement
- Homestead House Wax in Espresso
- Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
- Minwax Weathered Oak Stain
- Polycrylic in Satin
- 2 natural bristle brushes (1 for paint, 1 for wax)
- Dry, lint-free rags
- 3 foam brushes
1. I sanded down the entire tabletop first with the belt sander, starting with the coarse grit until all of the paint was removed and then evening out the finish with the medium grit, and finally the fine grit to smooth the bare wood. Basically, it’s a confetti party of sawdust.
2. On the edges of the tabletop, I used a heat gun to gradually scrape away any paint with a putty knife. (The sander is way faster for large, flat surfaces, but the heat gun is great for edges and small details.)
3. Wipe down the entire table with a tack cloth to get rid of any remaining sanding dust.
4. When the tabletop was completely smooth and free of paint, I used a foam brush to apply a coat of the Minwax Wood Conditioner so the stain would take to the wood more evenly.
5. I just followed the instructions on the back of the can to apply the Minwax Weathered Wood Stain with another foam brush and rag, applying 3 coats.
6. Once the stain was fully dry the next day, I sealed the tabletop with 2 coats of the polycrylic.
7. For the base, I used a natural bristle brush to paint 2 coats of the Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement to get into all of the small grooves and details.
8. And to age the paint a little bit, I worked in sections (1 table leg at a time and 1 side at a time) and used a wax brush to apply the Homestead House Wax to work it into the small details. Then, I immediately wiped away the excess wax with a rag. It made all of the carved details stand out even more.
So now our dining room actually looks like a real dining room!
And the aging/weathering now looks intentional and pretty as opposed to just beaten up.
Even though I used pretty much the exact same process as our old dining room table makeover, the stain looks completely different on this one since it’s a different wood species.
The two-tone look with the wood showing breaks up the white and charcoal so much better in here than an all white table would have.
Since we’re getting this space ready to host some family dinners for Christmas next month, we’ve been in a hustle to get this room finished. So I snagged these Henriksdal slipcovered dining chairs during IKEA’s 20% off sale.
They were the most kid-friendly yet still formal (and inexpensive) option for us because I can just toss these slipcovers in the wash if Olivia ever gets spaghetti hands all over them. They were even cheaper than most of the Craigslist dining chairs I found.
I plan to get a pair of wicker dining armchairs for either end of the table too, but the ones I’ve had my sights set on have been out of stock for two weeks now. I’m still holding out though.
I got this bleached jute rug at World Market on sale too to brighten up the charcoal on the walls.
And I grabbed two sets of my favorite Ritva curtains since IKEA is the only place I ever have much luck with finding nice quality panels that are actually long enough to hang from ceiling to floor.
As for the rest of this room, I still have big plans for some wall decor and have been slowly collecting antique mirrors from thrift stores and eBay. More about that later though.
We’ll be swapping out the chandelier eventually too. In photos, it doesn’t look too bad, but in person, I’m not as big of a fan. (Three cheers for that fancy schmancy ceiling medallion, crown molding, and hardwood floors though, huh? This house still charms me every day.)
So far this past week, we’ve dealt with a power outage from bad electrical wiring and our water heater has bitten the dust, so it’s just a bag of surprises here at the Shaver casa. Until all of those not-so-fun details are fully dealt with, this dining room might take longer than I originally thought.
And with lots of cold, rainy weather the last few days, we’ve had to pause the exterior brick limewashing, but we’ll be kicking that back into high gear this week too.
Just keep swimming, right? I’m so thankful for this house and this life every day even though nothing ever goes as planned. Never a dull moment around here.
Sources Used So Far:
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
- Trim/ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Dining chairs
- Bleached jute rug
- Accent table (Consignment shop find)
- Rustic bottle centerpiece
You can hop over to see the rest of my Trash to Treasure Transformation friends’ makeovers here:
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