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I have always wanted a farmhouse table, they are so in right now. Unfortunately, due to my limited space, I have had to settle for a square bar height table.
A few months ago a friend of mine posted on Facebook trying to get rid of a small table. I had no use for the table except to use as another surface in my garage, but then I decided to host my family for Thanksgiving and needed an extra table, which worked out perfectly. If I didn’t have my family coming over, I probably would have put off restaining the table for a few months, but this gave me the motivation to do it quickly.
This was the before, please excuse my garage!
Preparing the table:
Instead of just sanding it, I wanted to make sure the stain soaked in as much as possible, so I used my favorite stripper. I have used another brand and there is no comparison.
Per the instructions, I poured the stripper onto the table top, making it pretty thick. I then left it for the time suggested and then scraped it off using a metal scraper
Once it is all scraped off, it is imperative that you leave it to completely dry for at least 24 hours in case there is anything leftover on the table before you sand it. I have made the mistake of being too impatient and sanding it before it was dry and it just creates a mess. Once it is completely dry, sand the entire table. Once it is sanded, take a damp cloth and run it over the table to clean up any dust.
Preparing the stain:
These are all the products I used on the table:
I mixed equal parts, Weathered Oak, Dark Walnut and Weathered Gray stains to create my own stain. You can play around with the amounts of these stains to create different shades if you have some scrap wood. I painted this mix onto my paint mixer and decided to use it. I did 2 rounds of the stain, and the next day painted the Polycrylic on. I chose a matte finish instead of a glossy finish.
The table was the perfect addition to my Thanksgiving party.
Well, back into the garage this goes, until my next dinner party!
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