Yes, you read that title correctly! We are sharing how we used STAIN to change the look of this laminate topped table.
You know that piece of furniture that just gets handed down from person to person in your family? The dining table we restyled this week is one of those…It originally was our family table when I was a child! It got beat up, then got a makeover once in the 90’s, then got handed to my husband and I when we moved to our first apartment. Now it is being handed down, once again, to my younger sister as she moves to her new apartment! It is a laminate topped table (not very cute) but it is sturdy and good sized.
Previously the base and edge of table were painted black, which was a Pottery Barn inspiration (a long time ago).
So we decided to switch it up! Literally. One of my sister’s favorite looks that we have done previously was from our drum table, where we stained the table top dark and gave the base a cream and glazed makeover.
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We decided to try this look out, right over the laminate top! After some light sanding to the real wood edges and base we grabbed a sponge brush and our Gel Stain (this is what we used) and applied the first coat. We were so ecstatic after seeing how the stain dried onto the table-it actually worked! It dried with a hard, almost polyurethane finish. The first coat was pretty streaky, so a second coat was applied after a few hours. Make sure to wipe it on in even strokes, back and forth along the entire length. Once dry, we took a good polyurethane and added 3 coats to seal the stain.
We then painted the pedestal with two coats of Annie Sloan’s “Old White” to lighten that up. We didn’t like the starkness of the bright white against the dark top so to soften the look we decided to apply a wash over the white.
A wash is when you mix water with your paint and then wipe off any excess to get a soft yet detailed look. It stays in any nooks and crannies to bring out some character in any piece. We mixed Annie Sloan’s “Coco” with water in a 2:1 ratio. It was applied with a foam brush and then wiped with a clean, dry rag.
Tip: Make sure to work in sections, applying and then wiping off. Be smart about your sections so you don’t get weird lines.
We also had 4 chairs to re-do to go with this table, but decided not to paint over the wood since it was too pretty! We did some quick reupholstery to the seats to make them more comfortable and prettier. 🙂 (Find that post Here…)
And my sister now has a new dining set! For a hand-me-down, it sure looks beautiful! And those chair seats will be much more comfortable since we added some padding and upholstery.
This was styled in Vicki’s dining room for the pictures, but the plan is to sew some throw pillows in similar colors to the chair fabric for the living room to tie everything together. We were so ecstatic that it turned out so beautifully!
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