Drop Leaf Table ReDo!

5 Materials
2 Days
Easy

Watermarks + old stain turned beautiful, shiny finish!



This project didn't cost me a thing! Can you believe that?! I used everything I already had on hand. If you know you're going to be redoing a handful of pieces I suggest investing in good materials - paint, stain, paint brushes, sanders, etc. that you absolutely love so you can reuse and cut down on total cost for your project!


Be sure to follow me on Instagram @sommer.stains for more furniture redo pictures! :)

After + Before

Materials needed.


Paint is from Lowe's. Color is Bohemian Black. I used what I had on hand in the color, it just so happened to be an outdoor paint. If I didn't have this on hand, I would have purchased the color in the tintable chalk paint and then sealed it with wax or a glaze.


Here's the links to everything I get from Amazon!


Link to sanders -

https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-BDERO100-Random-Sander/dp/B00MLSS1SW/ref=sr_1_59?pf_rd_i=328182011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=aebdcf2a-c487-557d-8d80-d62a0ddc594d&pf_rd_r=P9Y6J57AW03QNCJYNWM5&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-10&pf_rd_t=101&qid=1557660956&refinements=p_72%3A1248909011&s=power-hand-tools&sr=1-59


https://www.amazon.com/TACKLIFE-Multifunction-Sandpapers-Efficient-Collection/dp/B07X148FRH/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=electric+sander&qid=1585832868&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyVkQ3U0gzVkI4WTYzJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzc0NjYzMkVYVEUyU1kzVkRBViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzI5ODQ1OTNKS0c3UTg1UjlMJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Link to my paint brushes I always use to paint with -

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DT5YJQ2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vNXWDb3CWGHJW

Link to sealer -

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PRNXNY/ref=twister_B07JLY244F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

This is the before - watermarks + scratches. The overall condition of this table wasn't terrible but it definitely needed an upgrade!

Step One - Sand

I used my sander + 80 grit sandpaper to start. I knew I wanted to re-stain the top so I needed to sand down all the way to the natural wood. The old stain came off pretty easy with the 80 grit. After sanding it down with 80 I used 120 to finish it off before staining.


Link to sanders -

https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-BDERO100-Random-Sander/dp/B00MLSS1SW/ref=sr_1_59?pf_rd_i=328182011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=aebdcf2a-c487-557d-8d80-d62a0ddc594d&pf_rd_r=P9Y6J57AW03QNCJYNWM5&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-10&pf_rd_t=101&qid=1557660956&refinements=p_72%3A1248909011&s=power-hand-tools&sr=1-59


https://www.amazon.com/TACKLIFE-Multifunction-Sandpapers-Efficient-Collection/dp/B07X148FRH/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=electric+sander&qid=1585832868&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyVkQ3U0gzVkI4WTYzJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzc0NjYzMkVYVEUyU1kzVkRBViZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMzI5ODQ1OTNKS0c3UTg1UjlMJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Step Two - Stain/Seal

Typically this is when you would stain. For this piece I loved the way the natural wood color look so I just decided to seal it. I used my holy grail sealer from Minwax (linked below). Usually when sealing a top of something that is going to be used a lot, I'll do 2-3 coats of sealer. For this specific piece I did 4-5 coats because I didn't stain. Just wanted to give it a couple extra coats to protect the wood.


Link to sealer -

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PRNXNY/ref=twister_B07JLY244F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


Step Three - Paint

I decided to paint the bottom legs of this table to give it a nice contrast. I used the color Bohemian Black by Valspar in the sheen satin.


Link to my paint brushes I always use to paint with -

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DT5YJQ2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vNXWDb3CWGHJW

Step Four - Style + Enjoy!

I love the way this table turned out. The contrast of the wood grain against the dark bottom is stunning.

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  • Karen Karen on Aug 13, 2020

    Can you explain why you switch to 120 grit and sand again? I’m trying things and want to do them correctly. Thanks.

  • Monica Monica on Aug 14, 2020

    Did you sand the bottom before painting?

  • Rose walder Rose walder on Aug 19, 2020

    did you also sand the legs or painted over top existing stain??


    love the way it all turned out!!

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  • William William on Aug 29, 2020

    Amazing job. I always love the mixture of wood and paint.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 29, 2020

    Beautiful redo. I love theBohemian Black base with the beauty of the wood left on top.

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