Ouina
Ouina
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  • Edinburg, TX

Refinishing a dining room table


I took an old laminated, oak finish table dated from the 60's but good bones dining table and refinished with an updated look. What do you think? It's my husband's parent table and he did NOT want it around. But after the redo he changed his mind.
Table base before starting.
Table base before starting.
Table top just starting. I began by sanding very lightly with 220 grit. Followed by a coat of mahogany polycoats stain. Let dry 24 hours.
Table top just starting. I began by sanding very lightly with 220 grit. Followed by a coat of mahogany polycoats stain. Let dry 24 hours.
Lightly sanded the base with 220 grit and painted with Glidden Gripper white primer/sealer.
Lightly sanded the base with 220 grit and painted with Glidden Gripper white primer/sealer.
First coat of Valspar "mossy bench" paint/primer. 24 hours between coats.
First coat of Valspar "mossy bench" paint/primer. 24 hours between coats.
Sanded and applied second coat of Miniwax Polyshades. I applied 4 coats each time lightly sanding between coats and wiping it free of dust with cheesecloth.
Sanded and applied second coat of Miniwax Polyshades. I applied 4 coats each time lightly sanding between coats and wiping it free of dust with cheesecloth.
Base with two coats of the green paint. This paint was left over from painting my bedroom!
Base with two coats of the green paint. This paint was left over from painting my bedroom!
Applied a color wash of a gray to soften the green and give it an aged look. 6 parts glaze mixed with one part sample paint bought at Lowes called English Tea Party.
Applied a color wash of a gray to soften the green and give it an aged look. 6 parts glaze mixed with one part sample paint bought at Lowes called English Tea Party.
Three coats of Minwax Polycrylic (sanding lightly in between coats with 220 grit) and reassembled for use in my breakfast room! The orchid is one I've had for 5 years and started blooming last month. Had to show it off too!
Three coats of Minwax Polycrylic (sanding lightly in between coats with 220 grit) and reassembled for use in my breakfast room! The orchid is one I've had for 5 years and started blooming last month. Had to show it off too!
refinishing a dining room table, painted furniture
refinishing a dining room table, painted furniture

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  • Jeni25
    on Jul 30, 2017

    You table is beautiful. 👌👍
    About to give it a try.

    Question please.

    Refinishing a dining room table photo 2 above you said,

    "Table top just starting. I began by sanding very lightly with 220 grit. Followed by a coat of mahogany polycoats stain. Let dry 24 hours."

    - The mahogany polycoats stain, is that a Mimwax gelstain?

    - Do you know the name of the product?


    I'm confused about that first step stain and the the 4 coats of Mimwax polyshade you then used. Two different products?

    Thanks!
    Jeni

    • Jeni25
      on Aug 3, 2017

      Thank you for still answering!  So helpful.
  • Mar
    on Sep 3, 2019

    Very nice!!

    "Base with two coats of the green paint"


    Can you please tell me what color it is.

  • William Neil Plowman Jr.
    on Sep 5, 2019

    Im not sure if my table is laminate or not....its not solid??

    Also your step says three coats of polycrilic...is that just the base or all over??

    thanks

    • Ouina
      28 minutes ago

      The tabletop was laminate only. The rest of the table is solid wood. So I used the polycrylic all over - two coats. But the tabletop received more coats as it would see heavy use. It's held up well - gave it to my daughter who has a two year old!

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  • Nanci
    on May 10, 2017

    it's absolutely gorgeous. You did a beautiful job. I'm going to offer some unsolicited advice....Cut a thin pc of clear plastic to fit the top ( Fabric stores or even walmart carries it). We've had a pc on our table for 25 yrs. It's gone thru 4 children & now 3 grandchildren & it still looks brand new.
  • Sally Wiese
    on Jun 10, 2017

    There are tables in a restaurant/bar in town that has all their tables, AND THE BAR TOP AND FRONT, made from pallet boards. All have many coats of "Polyurethane" on them and it is unbelievably beautiful. All different colors of original boards, not sanded ---because the tops are coated heavily in the poly. The base is plywood, I would assume, and then the pallets on top and the polyurethane. You have to see this because the beauty is unbelievable. I sat in awe. That was the first time I ever heard of this and seen it. Now everybody knows about this and are doing so many different ideas with them. Give it a try. You just have to be careful not to get brush marks and air bubbles in the polyurethane and allow time for the coats to thoroughly dry after each coat.
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