How to give my kitchen table a farmhouse look?

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I would like to chalk paint the legs and stain the table top. What do I need to do to prepare the table top and do I stain first or paint first?
q i want to give my kitchen table a farmhouse look
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  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2018
    You need to lightly sand the top. Then prime, Then paint or stain. If you use chalk paint do not use a wax finish on the kitchen table, Use poly acrylic in several coats. It will last longer.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 19, 2018
    Great table for staining and chalk painting! I would stain and poly the top first. As far as preparing the table top--you would need to strip/sand any poly on the table top before you could stain it. General Finishes makes a gel stain that doesn't require much sanding but I prefer staining with regular stain and then adding poly. And if the legs have any poly on them just give them a light sanding to know down the shine before you chalk paint.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2018
    It does not matter what order you paint and stain. Just make sure you poly whatever you are painting with the chalk paint. Wax makes a greasy mess on a table or in the kitchen eventually. Sooner not later.

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jun 19, 2018
    If you use a gel stain, you can just sand the table top before applying it. I would do the top first, so if you have any drips onto the legs, you can just sand it off and then paint the legs. Here is a tutorial of something similar to what you want to do: