Monday, June 4, 2018

french provincial dining room table

Family dining tables are really workhorses of your kitchens.  They're home to everything from meals to homework to game nights - and if yours is anything like mine then most times they're also home to random items on a daily basis! 

The most essential step in refinishing your dining room table is PREP! Dirt, grease and grime can accumulate on your table even though it may get a daily wipe down.  It is essential to remove all of that to ensure a durable and lasting finish.  I started this table by cleaning it several times with Krud Kutter.  Once it was very clean, I sanded the entire table quite well with 150 grit sandpaper.  This table had some dings and dents that needed sanding out so I spent time filling and sanding to make sure the final result was smooth.  

The next step was sealing bleed through.  This isn't an essential step if you aren't worried about bleed through, but after refinishing many dining room tables I've learned that 99% of them have some sort of bleed through somewhere! This table got two coats of Shellac.  

Time to paint! I painted this table for a sweet client who I had painted the matching chairs for a few years ago.  Since she wanted the table to match, I painted it the same colour - my favourite: Vanilla Frosting from Country Chic Paint! It's a beautiful creamy white that isn't too yellow.  It's a staple colour on my paint shelf!

This table got three light coats of Vanilla Frosting.  When it was dry I distressed it well and sanding it to a buttery smooth finish.

I layered on a high performance poly in a satin finish to give it a rock solid topcoat.  I never do less than 4 coats for dining room tables.

The colour highlights the shape of this Queen Ann table beautifully! 

For more inspiration on refinishing your dining room furniture, make sure you are following Country Chic Paint on Pinterest

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