This post has been saved as draft for a long time. The project is from last fall, but I finally found the time to finish it up and share it with you.
When I started working on this kitchen table, the original idea was to do a rustic, barn wood look on its top.
I considered painting and dry-brushing different shades of brown and gray, but when I noticed how beautiful the wood grain was, I decided not to hide it with paint. Instead, I used different colors of stain and a gray wash.
Although the final result doesn’t look as rustic as I envisioned, I think multicolored effect of the brown, black and gray look very pretty!
Check out the short video tutorial at the end of this post if you want to watch how I did it.
Here is the step-by-step of how I refinished the table top.
- First I stripped it with zip strip. (This is powerful stuff, friends! Wear thick gloves and protection goggles).
- After cleaning it well with denatured alcohol, I sanded it down using 80, 120 and 220 grit sandpapers, in this order.
- I cleaned again then applied General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain.
- After about 6 hours, when the stain was dry to the touch, I applied Minwax Ebony stain and let it dry for about 2 hours.
- Using a wire brush, I brushed several spots of the table top always following the wood grain. The idea was to remove the ebony stain on those spots so the brown from the gel stain could show through.
- I removed the dust with a clean brush then applied the gray wash to the entire top using a chip brush then wiping off the excess with a rag.
- Repeated step 5.
- Finally I sealed the top with three coats of Minwax polyurethane satin.
Here is a one-minute video tutorial.
And now more pictures of this cool set.
I painted the table legs and chairs with Valspar Graceful White, lightly distressed mostly the edges and antiqued with dark wax.
What do you think of the result?
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