My customer was debating on whether she should buy a new dining set or have this one refinished. It is a beautiful set. Solid wood, great condition, gorgeous legs! But that old orangey oak was just so blah… I’m glad it eventually came my way.
Her choice was the classic off-white with stained top. No distress, no glaze, just that simple. And what a difference that made!
Here is how I did it.
- Stripped and sanded down with my electric sander. 80, 150 then 320 grit.
- Applied Minwax wood conditioner
- Applied 3 coats of General Finishes Java Gel Stain (I waited about 8-12 hours between each coat)
- Sealed with 3 coats of Minwax polyurethane, satin.
- After it was dry, I covered it completely with plastic to protect it while I spray painted the rest of the table and chairs.
Legs and chairs:
Because the wood was in such good condition, I decided to ditch the sandpapers. Instead, I wiped all pieces to be painted with deglosser (I bought mine from Home Depot), then cleaned everything really well with TSP diluted in water. Yes, you have to remove the deglosser completely from the wood, before you paint.
- Next, I primed everything with my old friend Rustoleum Primer spray, white.
- Using my HomeRight Paint Sprayer, I applied three coats of Valspar Cabinet Paint in Graceful White. This paint is the bomb, and it is my go-to for large pieces, especially if they are going to have a lot of handling like kitchen tables and chairs.
- Finally I sealed all with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I also used my paint sprayer for this step.
Note that you don’t really need to use a sealer if you painted your piece with Valspar Cabinet Paint. I just decided to do it for extra protection and durability. Again, a table set is something that will get a lot of traffic on a daily basis, so the sealer gives me peace of mind.
I love how this set turned out. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading and happy spring!