21-Year-Old Table Gets a Facelift

A few months ago, I found a table set for sale. Thirty bucks. I couldn't pass up the offer. Structurally, she was in great shape...but in desparate need of a makeover. Her previous owner had served dinner on her every night for nearly 21 years! I could tell she was well-loved, and it was a bittersweet goodbye for her family. Here she is...
Getting right into it, I started sanding the table top and chair seats.
The wood looked beautiful. I have another table similar to this. The next time I do a table, I'd like to try a natural finish...but I knew what I had in mind for this old gal...
Here's the table after two coats of Annie Sloan Old White and two coats of General Finishes Java Gel. I laid it on a little thick up top...
Last year, our family grew by one🍼👶...so I went out in search of a couple more windsor chairs...with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love how you can mix and match your windsors and still make them look awesome as a set. However, I'm going to just say, this was the most tedious part of the project, as I used my paint brush for everything...
Finally, I was done with painting and staining. I sealed the paint with AS Soft Wax and finished the table top and chair seats with Polycrylic. I also got some GF Gel Topcoat and tried it on one of the chairs (I was a little nervous applying it to everything, as it was my first time trying that medium). All pieces turned out really well.
If I had this table to do over again, I would probably do a few things differently: 1. I might try a different sealant (nothing wrong with polycrylic at all! I just feel there are more fish in the sea). 2. I'd NOT choose white again for a kitchen table...luckily most of the dirt buffs right off...the rest of it just adds character 😉. 3. I'll invest in a sprayer before I decide to tackle half a dozen windsor chairs again.

Here are some more pics of the finished table...Ain't she a Beaut?
I sent pictures to her old mom, who I kept in touch with throughout the process. She has open visitation rights and is always welcome to come have dinner with us on our "new" table! ❤️
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Jan 06, 2016
    Beautiful redo!

  • Carole Carole on Jan 06, 2016
    Oh they would be feeling quite queasy having sold that for 30 bucks when they see what it became! Beautiful job. Looks fabulous now! Don't show them or they will want it back!