I finally finished the last of my four major summer furniture projects! Yay! This French Provincial dining room table set was the last thing on my list.
I bought it from a lady on a Facebook garage sale site who was selling it for her elderly mother. It had the hallmarks of furniture purchased in the sixties/seventies; honey colored stain and powder blue cushion covers. Unfortunately, I didn’t grab any great “before” pictures. By this point in my furniture re-do marathon I was running out of steam.
You can see in this picture though a little of that original light stain:
Sorry for the blurry pictures. It was a little chaotic around here for awhile.
Here is a hint of those powder blue seat covers:
They’re flipped upside down, but you get the drift.
I started out by giving all four of the chairs two coats of Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue. Then my plan was to sand down the table top and stain it with Minwax Classic American. My goal was to have it coordinate with my Empire Buffet I made over a month earlier.
The table sanding was a beating! It took me forever to get down to the natural wood, and once I did, I discovered my cheap palm sander had gouged out the wood in several places.
I took the plunge and purchased a higher quality orbital sander to get out all of those gouges. Thankfully, it did the trick. After sanding on and off for 3 weeks, I was finally able to give in that new coat of beautiful stain.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Then the bottom of the table got the same Aubusson Blue treatment, and the chair cushions were updated in a modern, coordinating fabric.
I’m very happy with the final product. The buffet is still for sale in my space, but I’m hoping once I get the table up there later today they will enhance each other and both will find a new home soon.
Everybody is waking up from their naps. Gotta run!
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Wednesday 8th of October 2014
Its just beautiful. I am new to this so i have some questions. Do you paint the bottom first and then stain the stop or the other way around? What do you use for stain and how do you apply it? I am currently trying out the plaster paint. Thank you
Wednesday 8th of October 2014
Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment. I have done it both ways--stained first then painted, as well as painted the base first then stained the top. Really, I'm just impatient and so whichever part is finished first I work on. Either way will work fine, as long as you are careful to not let any stain drip onto your painted base, or vice versa. For stain, I use Mixwax stains, mostly the colors All American (which is what I used on this table) and Dark Walnut. I always use Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner before applying the stain. I have refinished several other tables, so be sure to check out those posts also for more info. And feel free to email me with any other specific questions :)
Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint
Friday 13th of December 2013
Thanks for sharing this at Throwback Thursday. I just love it!!!
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That is the color I want for my chairs!!
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