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Kitchen Table and Chair Makeover With Stain and Paint

Do you have a table and chair set you are certain is ready for the dumpster? Don't get rid of it yet...A quick dose of stain and paint can work wonders!
Our kitchen table received a huge scratch in transit--it's needed a makeover since the day we moved in ... thank goodness for table linens is all I'm saying...
The chairs were really scratched, as well...at least those marks were made by us! Because I was painting my kitchen island, I thought I would make over the table and chairs, as well.
I screwed off the seat bottoms and gave them two coats of SW high performance enamel paint in the same color I painted the island. After popping off the table top and leaf, it was given a light sanding and three coats of a Java Gel stain.
The beauty of Java Gel is you don't have to bring your piece down to the bare wood to stain! Because it will receive heavy use, I gave it three coats of a satin polyurethane. While I had the paint out, I also whipped up a new "grain sack" table runner out of left over drop cloth material!
The table top turned out so beautiful, I've decided to stain the seat bottoms--but not until they start showing lots of wear and use. I've added a picture of the painted island so you can see how it all looks together.
Feel free to check out the post for more detailed instructions and photos!

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Feb 11, 2015


  • Fab and Pretty
    Fab and Pretty
    on Feb 11, 2015

    Okay, this is awesome. So where would I find Java gel stain, and how did you manage such an awesome poly finish.

  • Karla @ Small Town Rambler
    Karla @ Small Town Rambler Waynesboro, VA
    on Feb 11, 2015

    That is beautiful!!

  • Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors
    Cynthia - Clockworkinteriors Woodinville, WA
    on Feb 12, 2015

    Thank you, ladies! Donna, FYI, Java (the color of the stain) Gel Stain is a General Finishes product--you can check out their website for the nearest retailer. To be honest, I mentioned on blog post that I wish I had left the poly up to Hubby--I get too impatient and if you look closely, it is in no way perfect! I used a Wooten brush and very lightly sanded between coats with very, very fine sandpaper. Another trick is to put it on thick and don't go over your brush strokes--let it settle! :D

  • Faye D. Roisi Howell
    Faye D. Roisi Howell East Bethany, NY
    on Feb 14, 2015

    Nice. Ok I have a round table that I want to put hand prints on of my grands & grt.grands with birth dates in them how do I do it & save them on it?

    • Teri
      Teri Creswell, OR
      on Feb 14, 2015

      @Faye D. Roisi Howell My suggestion would be to start with a white chalk paint on the table top, then have the kids do their hand prints, add the names/birth dates. I'd suggest acrylic paints for the hand prints. After it's all dry put several coats of polycrylic over it to protect it. Just be careful with the first coat of poly not to brush over the hand prints with too much pressure or too many brush strokes in the same spot because they can smear. Let the poly dry completely between coats, you can sand lightly with very fine sandpaper in between coats to get a super smooth finish if you choose. Once the first coat of poly is dry, you no longer have to worry about the hand prints smearing.

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