Most would think okay, this is a perfectly fine pretty oak table, and it is but…in my mind, sometimes change is good!
By now, you all know how frugal I am and this table was no exception to my frugal”ness”. Over the last few years, I seem to run into these exact tables (except for when I’m looking for one). I happened upon this beauty at a local goodwill store and it was only $20. No brain-er, as I was on the lookout for a fixer upper project.
It’s solid oak, it’s made well, I don’t have to scrape paint…sign me up!
The photo below is a better angle of the table top. It’s not perfect, but I can immediately see that it would need a light sanding which can do multiple things. It can smooth out any small imperfections like scratches and dings. Secondly, it can remove what I call, any gunk or anything gross that can’t be seen with the naked eye! Third, sanding will prep the table top for the next step.
A Protective Coat of Poly
After a good light sanding, the wood was nice enough that I didn’t have to put a slightly darker stain (sometimes I do this when there are dark water stains on the wood that you can’t sand away). I like lighter wood and always like my “go to” choice of just using One Coat Polyurethane. It dries fast and I always use two good coats, just because it’s not going to hurt and will provide a little more protection.
If you are ever curious about how a piece of prepped wood is going to look using only polyurethane, a good rule of thumb is to always use mineral spirits after sanding to remove the dust particles before using poly. When you apply the mineral spirits to your prepped project, it will appear basically the same way as your poly will end up looking like. The mineral spirits will then evaporate and you’re ready to apply the polyurethane.
The base of the table only needed to be cleaned off. I used a damp wet rag, then wiped it with mineral spirits. The wood did not have a gloss to it so after a good cleaning, it was ready for paint.
I really wanted to paint a piece of furniture green. As soon as I found the table, I knew it was the piece to get a nice pop of color!
If you read my blog, you know that I only use Behr paint. That’s a whole different blog post (coming soon).
Parakeet is the perfect shade of green. I decided to go with a flat matte finish.
The skirt of the table is the only area on the top that I wanted to paint green. A couple of coats all the way around, pretty easy.
The bottom of the table didn’t take long to get a couple coats of paint as well. I let everything dry overnight.
The next day, I distressed some of the surfaces. In my mind, most of my furniture projects are not complete until it gets some natural character by distressing it. After distressing and wiping the table down, I applied some oak stain on top of the paint. This makes it a touch darker and adds some interesting depth to the piece.
It turned out pretty good. The table really pops in the kitchen and now I’m looking for the perfect chairs.
Color is what this room needed and this really makes me happy. I can see a beautiful tablescape on the table for spring or summer! My cabinet makeover was very dramatic also!
I hope you are inspired!
Jeanne Marie – The Practical Fanatic