I am really excited to show you our kitchen table transformation!! But to give you a little back story about the table. Back when the hubby and I got married and moved into our first apartment. Guess what, we had NO furniture and not very much money to buy anything… Our first night we ate dinner on a picnic cooler. So we went to IKEA because you’ve got to love something that is cheap and made of wood! There we found almost all of our furniture (kitchen table, tv stand, couch, dresser, & desk). Almost 7 years later we still have the same table, I think we got our moneys worth. The table we bought was the Jokkmokk Ikea Table for $150. But after 7 years this table had seen better days…
To give you an example here is the table top, my kids love to paint and can you tell what their favorite color is? Blue and it would not wash out because it was ingrained into the table…
Next up is the chairs, this one to be exact needed to be fixed with wood puddy and can you tell I use the chairs to paint in high places?
Our first step to this table makeover was building a wood bench to give us more room around the table.
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But now onto the table and chairs, I first cleaned them because they were dirty. Then I took them outside and sanded them with our orbital sander. I did have to hand sand some areas because there was groves. TIP: For the table and chair tops, I started with #60 sandpaper then moved to #120 to remove all the old stain.
Here is what it looked like while I was sanding and believe me this was a messy job, plus, took me a day…
After I sanded everything, I washed the table and chairs. I then put the chairs back together but did not screw them all the way together because I did not want to paint the black screws. So I wrapped tape around the tops of the screws.
I was then ready for primer and paint. TIP: If you have a paint sprayer, use it… this will save you a lot of time. Or if you want you can buy spray paint… I did 2 coats of primer (used KILZ Premium) before I started painting. I used a foam roller and an angled paint brush.
Here is my setup in our garage. After the 2 coats of primer, I then applied 3 coats of BEHR Ultra Plus in Ultra Pure White, plus some light sanding in-between coats with the #400 sandpaper.
During the painting, I would take some time off and start on the staining process. I first applied wood conditioner to the table and chair tops. After following the instructions and letting it sit, I have a really really hard time being patient and letting the conditioner/stain sit on the wood. I then lightly sanding the tops using the #400 sandpaper and wiped clean. TIP: Make sure you are sanding with the wood grain.
Then I could finally apply the stain.
Here is the difference of one with stain (just applied) and one without.
And the tops after one coat of stain.
TIP: I used plastic cups to hold the tops off the ground but they can leave a ring so I first applied the stain to just the bottom (I only did one coat). Then I turned over to add stain to tops.
Here is the table and chair tops after 2 coats of stain. And I stated earlier I only did one coat to the bottoms because no one will see them…
After letting the stain sit for at least 8 hours but I let mine sit longer… It was time to assemble the table and chairs back together. After they were all back together I applied Polycrylic to both the stain and paint to give them a better protective finish.
Now when applying Polycrylic it will look blueish but do not worry it will dry clear.
I wanted to have a smooth finish so I lightly sanded with #400 sandpaper, in-between coats. Making sure to sand with the wood grain and cleaning the surface after.
To give you an example of the difference between having Polycrylic and not, can you guess what one has it?
If you guess the one to the right you are correct!! I loved how this stuff made the color of the wood stand out more… I applied 3 coats of Polycrylic to the table and chairs.
After letting everything sit for 24 hours, they were ready to being back inside. But I wanted to add felt bottom protector to the table and chairs, it makes it easier to move the chairs around… I bought this at Joann’s for $5.
And here is my table all finished, look at how amazing that stain looks!!!
And the table back into our kitchen…
Look how smooth the table top is. Plus, my kids are loving the new table. My sons first response was coming up to the table and rubbing the top then saying “WOW, nice”!
And one more because our kitchen is looked a little bit nicer these days!