My very first piece of furniture that I painted was a table that my Grandma had given me. She is a very cool lady, and said she wouldn’t mind if I painted it. Apparently, she didn’t like it all that well anyway, but only kept it because her cousin had given it to her. It was all okay since it was still “in the family.”
This was the first time I had stripped anything, and it wasn’t too difficult. It did, however, hurt like heck! I accidentally got it all over my arm and it felt like it was burning my skin off (it probably was). Once I got it down to the wood, I sanded it nice and smooth with my husband’s electric sander.
I had been dying to try something I saw on this blog, where she stenciled the top of her kitchen table and then stained it. I am so glad that I tried that! I love it!
Once I had stenciled the entire table and waited for it to dry, I stained the top using Minwax Dark Walnut. I WAS SO EXCITED! It looked exactly like I had imagined that it would! I used a paint brush to apply the stain, and then a paper towel to take off the extra.
I then painted the rim around the top in ASCP’s Florence, and the sides of the table in the same color as the top. On the bottom of the table, since it shows, I painted it the same color as the rim.
It didn’t quite look right to me, the top being so dark and the sides looking so pastel. So what did I do? I stained the sides and bottom as well! I applied the stain the same way as the top, and wiped off the majority, but on the edge I left a bit more on.
Isn’t it a beauty! I am in love with how it turned out! I literally can’t wait to put it in my living room. Best coffee table ever!Linking to Miss Mustard Seed & Shades of Amber