Sunday, June 1, 2014

Catastrophe Averted!!

I've been a little busy since my last post.  I discovered one of the reasons my table top looked streaked is because I used a gloss finish stain instead of a satin finish.  You have to really know how to apply stains and paints with a high gloss finish to prevent streaking.  A matte or satin finish is more forgiving.  I do not like shiny finishes--I prefer a matte or satin finish.  So, off to Home Depot to purchased a satin finished stain.  I went over the table top with #000 steel wool again and applied two coats of the satin finish stain.  The table top looks a lot better than before.  I think I can live with it.  The table top is a distressed finished with divets and scratches on the surface.  The tabletop came glazed to antique it. 

This is a much better finish for me; minimal sheen.

I thought about painting the legs and skirt of the table in the SW Latte and going over it with a glaze.  While I was at my hair stylist's salon yesterday, she suggested that I paint the table the same color as my chairs.  A few years ago when I painted the chairs, I didn't want the table to be the same color.  But, I have to admit that I liked the idea of painting the table and skirt to match the chairs.  For now, I will leave the table top stained.  This is the table before:

Notice the lovely fruit appliqué on the skirt.  I went through a fruit phase in the early 2000's!

Luckily, I still had paint left over from my chair project a few summers ago.  The paint is from Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation Kit.  The kit comes with the base paint, glaze, topcoat, and furniture stripper.  I was out of the topcoat, so I went to Home Depot and purchased a polyurethane finish.  I still had just enough glaze to coat the skirt and legs.  After applying two coats of Paprika color, glaze, and a topcoat, here is the finished product:

The glaze tones down the color.  It is very bright before the glaze is applied.

This is how the table looked before.
This transformation sure beats spending money on a brand new table.  Believe me, it crossed my mind.  After pricing tables, I decided to add new life to my old table.

1 comment:

  1. I love it! It looks great! I even like that you kept the top stained and it goes perfect now with the chairs. Fabulous job, Michelle.