I have never worked harder on a project before I tackled redoing my dining room! I painted it, that was the easy part, but see that black table below? I refinished it. Even though it was a chore, I absolutely love how it came out, whenever I post it on Instagram, I get so many comments about it so I am going to share it with you again this summer, just incase you missed it 😉
This past spring for my “spring refresh blog post “I worked on my dining room.
I decided it needed to be painted. It was a beautiful color, one of my favorites, Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. I still left the Sea Salt in my foyer and my living room. This may be my favorite wall color, but this room is soooo dark, I think the white brightened it up. What do you think?
Even though it is a great neutral color, I needed to refresh this space. And as you know, I love to change a space with paint.
I chose one of the 2016 color’s of the year, Alabaster, by Sherwin Williams.
I also moved the furniture around in the room. That is a tip to refresh a room. One I have loved to do even as a little girl. I was always changing my bedroom furniture around!
I love mixing new pieces with vintage pieces. My dining room is a good example of this. The cabinets are 100 years old and my black table is from Ikea, and is only 2 years old!
We found this table in the “as is” section of IKEA. We only paid $100 dollars for it. It has two leaves. For Thanksgiving I fit 15 people around it for dinner!
I decided for summer I would strip and stain it to brighten it up for summer.
I brought it outside and starting sanding it. It took me forever because I sanded away every speck of black off this table.
I used my power sander we bought off of Craigslist. I had success with it for my porch table, so I knew it would do the job for this beast!
I used Special Walnut for my stain. I was going to add the same top stain as I did on the table on my porch, but I fell in love with how the pine looked with just the Special Walnut.
1. Stain of your color choice
2. Power sander
3. Fine sanding block to use in between coats
4. Foam roller
5. dry towel for dry brushing
This is a great finishing stain, the directions say add 3 coats. I like to do 4!
I took the table outside and began to sand, sand and then I sanded it again!
After we used the honkin sander we needed to smooth it some with the hand sander. We got all of the black out! It was a blank canvas.
Now it is time for the stain. I used the dry brush technique. I used a foam roller to roll on the stain. Make sure you roll in the direction of the wood grain.
I waited 20 seconds and then I wiped it off in the direction of the wood grain with a dry cloth!
I was going to use another top stain like I did for faux Restoration Hardware Gray wash table on my porch, but I stopped here! I loved it just as is.
I added 4 coats of finish stain. This was the longest process because you have to wait a couple of hours between each coat. I also lightly, sanded between each coat with a fine sanding block.
I am so excited to share it with you! I love how it turned out:
I am so used to adding a lot of layers to my table, for texture of course, but also to brighten up the black. I love this stain so much I didn’t want to cover
Changing the color of my table refreshed my dining room for summer!
I made a Pinterest graphic for you, if you enjoyed this project, I would love for you to share it!