Dining Table Refresh

I was contacted by this client to give her table and dining room chairs an update.  It is a quality, oak dining set that the family had been using for many years and, barring a few marks, was in excellent condition.   The finish was a honey oak and they were ready for a change.

The client selected a trio of colors.  The table top and the chair seats would be restained in Red Mahogany by Minwax.  The table base and skirt would be Benjamin Moore Sugar Cookie.  Finally, the spindles and legs of the chairs would be Benjamin Moore Wenge-which is a gorgeous raisin brown.  I’ll cover the table makeover this week, and do a separate blog on the chairs since they will have a different finish and, well, because I haven’t done the chairs yet! 

I started by sanding down the table top to bare wood.  This is an important step since any remaining stain will cause a blotchy appearance in the finish.  I took the topcoat off with a belt sander and gradually removed all of the stain with increasingly fine grades of sandpaper until the finished table was baby smooth after 320 grit.  It took the stain beautifully, allowing the grain to really take center stage.  

Next, I primed the table base and applied several coats of the paint color.

It is a perfect creamy white (without going toward yellow) and is a beautiful color choice.  I discussed finishing options with the client as the contrast between a dark stain and a cream may appear severe–particularly since the chairs were going to be all dark.  She decided she liked the effect of dry brushing, and I utilized a chocolate brown to define the detail of the base and slightly age the finish.

Finally, I applied several coats of Minwax Brushing Laquer to the table top to provide a durable finish.  I selected Minwax Polycrylic satin finish to protect the base as it remains clear and won’t yellow the way polyurethane can.

I’m so excited about how the table turned out.  I can’t wait to get started on the chairs!  Stay tuned…


Hold my wine, I’ve got this…



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