Step by Step, how to refinish a table.
Sand:I used a palm sander with 60 grit paper to remove the old finish. Then again with 220 sand paper to make a smooth finish. To remove the dust I first used compressed air and then wiped the wood with mineral spirits.
I removed the legs to make sanding and painting easier.
Paint Legs:After she was sanded smooth it was time for paint. I have wanted to make my own chalk paint and I thought this would be a great project to try it on. After a little research I decided to use this formula.
How to Make Chalk Paint:
2 cups paint
5 TBS of Plaster of Paris
2 TBS of water
I used a baby formula can to mix and store the paint. It worked great!
I painted the legs and after they were dry I attached them to the table. I taped off the underside of the table top, that part will be stained.
Paint Top:Lay out the design. To help paint clean lines press the tape firmly onto the table.
I used a small foam roller to apply the paint. To get a clean stripe apply the first coat of paint thinly.
After a few coats I removed the tape while the paint was still wet. I painted the legs white too. I lightly sanded the edges of the legs to expose the natural wood.
Stain:After the paint was dry applied MinWax Dark Walnut Stain all over. Even on top of the the paint! It gave the paint an aged look.
To stain the top I used a rag to apply 3 coats ( until I was satisfied with the color) letting the stain dry between each application. I didn't wipe it off.
To stain the legs (working in sections) I used a rag to apply the stain.
I immediately wiped off the stain using a clean rag.
Seal:I used Minwax Polycrylic Gloss to seal the table. I like that it dries fast and clear. I followed the instructions on the can.
So what do you think? Could it be both Vintage and Modern?
Could Wolverine be both Vintage and Modern too? :)
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