My post is so late today and I apologize. My youngest daughter received her note in the mail – the big note that every grade schooler is anxiously awaiting – her teacher assignment for the year. Oh, my. Not the teacher she was hoping for and all of her friends are in other classes. Tears. I am seriously ready for summer to be over.
Anyhow, in the midst of the last weeks of summer, and with my sister and her family arriving tomorrow morning for the weekend, I did what every woman in America would do. I had my kids drag the huge kitchen table outside so I could sand it all down and restain and repaint the whole thing. I. Am. Nuts.
Here is the long history of my kitchen table. It was purchased a week before we were having 20 people over for Christmas dinner in 2012. It was about $30 at the thrift store. It had a horrible greenish stain on it and I just threw a tablecloth over it. After the holidays, I painted it cream. Then gray. Then gray again. And I never sealed it because I was too lazy or busy or any other excuse (a shoemaker’s wife least shod, etc.).
The table has terrific lines and is the perfect size. I have always wanted a farmhouse table and decided now was the time. Yesterday, I took out my sander and went to town. I used a 60 grit to start and went to 150 to finish it. Gorgeous pine boards lay underneath. I used Minwax pre-stain conditioner and then their dark walnut stain. I only gave it one go-over before wiping back. I didn’t want it to look stained perfectly – I wanted the more worn look. I used General Finishes Driftwood on the base. It complements the dark stain and goes with the vintage secretary in the kitchen that I painted in Driftwood a few months ago.
I am happy with the result! I wanted it to be dark to contrast with my lighter kitchen.
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