A Black Kitchen Set

Since I painted my first kitchen set back in June, a lot of people have been asking me for a quote to do the same thing in their sets. Most of them just want me to replicate what I did with that particular one, which is off-white, lightly distressed and antiqued chairs and table legs, with a dark stained top.

Some of those requests did become orders, so lately I’ve been doing a lot of kitchen sets, and there should be a few more coming this year. This week alone I worked on two sets. For my surprise, one of my customers wanted hers painted black, with a very dark stained top.

For the second time in a month I was pushed out of my comfort zone (remember the French dresser with cup pulls?), but this time I just trusted my customer and got to work.

Since anything that goes in the kitchen is heavily handled and it eventually gets wet, messy and greasy, I decided to go oil-based, and used a semi-gloss spray paint on the whole set.
I sanded down the top and stained it with General Finishes Java Gel. It didn’t work. The wood had some deep dark stains probably from previous attempts to restain it. As plan B, I used the same gel stain as “paint”, and brushed a thin layer of it on the top and let it dry for one day before I sprayed a glossy polyurethane.

Here are the products I used:
Rustoleum black spray paint, semi-gloss
General Finishes Java gel stain
Varathane polyurethane spray, gloss.

Once again I had a pleasant surprise with the result. I think the black gave it cool, elegant look. Do you agree?







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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

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