This table was originally from Pottery Barn. Refinishing this dining room table was fun, yet challenging to recreate. Big thanks to Clint and Amanda for letting us work for you!
The Homeowners were tired of the plain black top, so they called me to see what in the world they could do with it. The color red crossed their minds, but when I saw their decor and room color I immediately thought that red would be too loud.
I suggested that they keep the bottom of the table black and turn the top back into the original wood color. I also suggested possibly a brown stain with a black glaze, and maybe some light distressing. They agreed.
So that’s what we did!
First, we used a paint stripper to take off the original black finish.
Then, we dye stained the top with a color called Perfect Brown from Mohawk Finishes.
The dye stain gives very even color and depth to the wood, especially when there are different colors or cuts of wood on the same piece of furniture. The best part about the dye… it’s waterborne, so no more messing with oil or lacquer stains, and yucky VOC odors. I might even write a separate blog just on dye stains in the near future.
Next, I applied one coat of General Finishes Enduro-Var clear coat on the top. I waited for it to dry and decided to do some light distressing.
Next, we glazed the table top with a black glaze. Boy, I had some fun with this! This is where you can get as creative as you want.
Here you can see I added a few streaks and knots just to give this top more character. Kids can beat this up now and it’s simply going to add more to the table’s character.
Now that I got this table looking the way I wanted, I applied 3 more coats of General Finishes Enduro-Var clear coat. Did I tell you this product is probably one the toughest finishes on the market? It’s also a waterborne product. Check it out…
Here some more photos of the finished dining room table.
I love the way this table turned out, and it wasn’t that hard to refinish. This table has been reborn and should give many more years of enjoyment to the homeowners.
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