Thursday, May 27, 2010

nights with the round table

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

I don't know if you actually remember that Kelly and I started refinishing a table like 2 years ago (actually it was like 2 months ago) but whatever. I have refinished a night stand before and that literally took a day and a half. It was a much smaller project I know, but still you get the idea.

We got the table at the Habitat for Humanity store for cheap. It was an all wood table that had been painted black.

It was not the easiest project, but it really wasn't that bad. I think the worst part was Kelly started it and was all excited about it, then after the stripping the top he was kind of bored with the project and on to something new (this happens more often than I would like in the carlson house). I'll give you a basic tutorial.

1. Clean table with a damp cloth

2. Strip it (no not this strip) We used Citrus it worked pretty good, but for best results I would say you need to leave it on for several hours. Then use a metal scrapper to get the paint off.

3. After all paint is off use sandpaper (we have a sander which made it much easier for us)

4. Wipe down the entire table again.

After about a week of just the top being stripped I started on the legs and they were a giant pain in the rear!

5. Then pull out your handy dandy stain and stain away. There are some conditioners that you can put on the wood to make sure it doesn't suck up the stain to much, but the stain we got was an all in one.

6. After the satin is dry I put on a coat of polyurethane

7. Wait for it to dry then with 220 grain sandpaper sand it down again..

8. Apply on last coat of polyurethane and let dry
***AND HERE IT IS*****

Now I am on a mission to find shabby chic type chairs. I want 4 completely different chairs to go around the table.. no matching at all.

Please let me know if you see just a single chair.. I will need you to pick it up for me!

Here is the first one I bought that I am planning on recovering!
Now for those of you who know my hubs.. I am taking bets on the exact reaction I will get from him when I roll in the house with this chair.
My vote is,
"Seriously? Seriously? That thing is hideous."

Now, I need all of your help.. all 25 of you that "read" my blog..
Whatcha think? Do I sand and re-stain the chair? Or do I leave the random rooster and just get some new fun fabric?


Hannah said...

Definitely leave it for now.... once you get your other chairs you may find it goes really well. Or it could be heinous. But leave alone. I always like a random rooster every now and again. :)

Denise said...

I agree with Hannah. I think that the new cloth on the seat will make all the difference in the world. If it still doesn't look good, then you can stain it. Patience.

Anonymous said...

Fabric definately... rooster, it doesnt seem like the look you are going for, painting them a color then sanding them down to make them look destressed will give you more of a shabby chic look over the rooster, plus it will give a direction and goal for the future chairs which i always love. But that is just my opinion...

Meagen said...

I think the painting a color and sanding it down to give it a destressed look is a great idea! I have always wanted to try that on something. If you decide to do it, let me know how it goes.