Oak Dining Table is Stained OVER Existing Finish

6 Materials
$50
6 Hours
Medium

Do you have a furniture piece that has a great finish but the stain color is not what you want? Follow how I used a product that can change the color OVER an existing finish.

Table before

This round oak table had been refinished by the former owner so there was no need to strip, sand and restain BUT with a new gel stain from Fusion Mineral Paint I knew I could update the color without doing all that work. Here are many other dining table tutorials that were stripped and or painted.


First step scrub clean!

1 vs 2 coats

Here is one coat of Fusion's double espresso gel stain on the left and a coat of ebony going over on the right.

Tip if you have bubbles

Now if you get some bubbles dried after a coat, I use a razor to carefully cut them off, lightly sand with a sanding sponge and move on to the next coat. A light sponge sand between coats helps too.

Brush on the gel stain

Be sure to brush slowly to avoid creating air bubbles which require the above tip to resolve. I use a cheap 2" chip brush.

3rd coat

Here is the third coat I believe on and sitting to dry. I put on 4 coats total only because I had the bubble issues. If you can avoid them you can save a coat or two.

All coats dry

Here are all the coats dry, the sheen is lovely, not to glossy.

Paint the table base

Moving onto the table base I chose Fusion Mineral Paint in Sterling, a soft grey using the Fusion 2" synthetic paint brush. Two coats were brushed on then black wax was added. In depth tutorial details are linked at the end for this makeover.

Top

As you can see the top is stunning.


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Base

And the dark waxed sterling base pops.

Table at smallest diameter

This table is perfect to go from sweet round to more seating oval all updated in a fresh new finish.

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  • Jody Price Jody Price on Sep 20, 2020

    Beautiful! Do you actually not have to use a top coat after you use fusion gel paint? Wow!🌴

  • Karen byl Karen byl on Mar 23, 2021

    Why did you use 2 different colors of gel stain for the top? Do you have to to get that color or did you just decide it wasn’t dark enough?

  • Susan Susan on May 06, 2021

    Gorgeous! Can you apply this gel stain over the original fairly shiny finish on an oak table almost identical to yours? It's the honey oak color and I want to go dark like you did.

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  • Gloria tulip Gloria tulip on Jan 19, 2021

    Beautiful job. I got the same results by using a glaze over a simi-gloss finish. Did not have any problem with bubbles using a glaze. I always lightly sand between finishes.

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    • Gloria tulip Gloria tulip on Jan 19, 2021

      The tilt top table that was donated to an Animal Care Society to which I volunteer.The top was scratched so I wanted to tidy up.

  • Hei50613197 Hei50613197 on Feb 01, 2021

    I have that exact same table but the top is a light oak. I’ve been trying to update my very small condo with paint and darker wood furniture. I wasn’t even thinking about my dining room table but when I saw this I just decided on a new update. Your table looks amazing and I am going to use the same color and stain as I think it would looklook great against my white Wainscot Thank you!

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Feb 01, 2021

      I am so happy to inspire. Please check out the full tutorial for tips and lessons I had using the gel stain and if you have other questions just ask :) Good Luck!

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