I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this tutorial, so here it is!
I grew up with this golden oak kitchen table. We’ve had a lot of family dinners around this table. It’s seen better days but for surviving 5 kids and 5 moves in 4 states it’s still sturdy. Somewhere along the way some sort of sticky gunk built up on the top so I’ve had a tablecloth hiding it for the past couple years. My mom helped me paint the old spindle chairs when I was a couple weeks from having the twins. I’ve had my sights set on the table for a while now but didn’t want to deal with sanding down the gunk so I could re-stain the top. Finally I just went for it in classic “figuring it out as we go along” style.
To keep things simple, here is a straight forward breakdown of the steps (all the items I used I found at Michael’s and Home Depot) followed by pictures:
- I sanded down the gunky spots until they were smooth and cleaned the top really well
- I painted a light coat of Americana Decor “Primitive” chalk paint over the entire table
- I painted a light, patchy coat of Art Minds “Smoked Pearl” chalk paint
- I sanded that smooth and wiped the table clean
- I brushed on a coat of “Weathered Oak” Minwax wood stain
- I didn’t like it so I waited for that to dry and painted a light coat of “Primitive” letting some of the gray stain show through
- Once that dried I brushed on two coats of “Weathered Oak” stain
- After that dried I brushed on a coat of “Weathered Gray” stain (this is very different from the weathered oak which has more of an oak color instead of light gray)
- While the gray stain was still wet, I very lightly brushed in a few strokes of walnut gel stain (I used the Craft Smart brand) to give more of a worn, weathered look
- While the top thoroughly dried I painted the rest of the table with a coat of Folk Art “Sheepskin” chalk paint over the “Primitive”
- I finished things off by lightly distressing the base of the table and giving the top a thick coat of clear polyurethane
Believe it or not, this only took me two days (not counting the extra 3 days for the top to COMPLETELY dry before sealing). Now I just need to decide on the style chair I want! Any thoughts?