Color Block Kitchen Table

Lauren Chapman
by Lauren Chapman
12 Materials
2 Weeks
In a world of white cookie cutter tables, this is how one bored girl turned a plain, butcher block style table into a fun, warm, gathering place!
Stripped and sanded table top
First, find a butcher block table!!!

I stripped the top using CitriStrip and then cleaned it with a mixture of warm water and TSP
Using painter's tape, I taped out some of the individual pieces of wood. This method forces you to be random, which is what I wanted!

Pro Tip: make sure your lines are straight, and you seal with a penny or fingernail!!
First round of tape!!
Tiiiiime to stain!
I gathered the colors I was going to use....
.... I applied the SPiT directly to the taped area on the table and spread it out evenly using a foam brush
First round down!
I continued along using the different colors and making sure not to repeat colors around each other.

Once dried, I removed the tape.... aaaand retaped to the pieces I was ready paint next!

I taped off again and did another round of Unicorn SPiT. For some added pop, I applied 3 layers of Modern Masters in Olympic Gold in a few random places.
I painted a few of the spaces with 3 layers of Modern Masters in Olympic Gold and then moved onto my Minwax wood stains. I used what I already had on hand...

Pecan Gloss

Bombay Mohogany Gloss

Aged Oak

Dark Walnut

Tung Oil Finish
Finished with wood stain!
Once everything had dried for a few hours, I went over it with 220 grit sand paper to soften the edges where some of the stain ran through the tape. Afterwards, I applied a layer of Tung Oil Finish to the entire table and let it dry overnight.
The next morning, I took my electric finishing sander and some 400 grit sand paper and sanded down the top until I got the amount of distressing I wanted.

Time for Poly!! I used a satin Polyurethane. I did 6 layers with a wet sand in between.
Distressed with first layer of polyurethane
I chalk painted the table base and chairs in between polyurethane layers. I watered down some Midnight Blackness and glazed them. Sealed everything with more polyurethane.
Finished table set!!
Soooo cheery and bright!
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  • Lisa Lisa on Feb 18, 2017
    Can you explain how you do the wet sand between layers of the Poly?
  • Joanie Joanie on Aug 01, 2017

    Are you people who are painting with this Unicorn Spit smokin' Wacky Tobaccy?

  • Meagan Meagan on Jun 04, 2018

    I just purchased a 60in round butcher block dining table. It's been sanded down to get rid of the top layer of consistent use. Now I'm wondering what I should do. I really would like the wood to be a bit darker than the blonde tone it has now, but not sure if I should just poly it instead. I don't know what type of wood it is made out of as it came from a consignment shop. So I'm not sure how it will handle stain. I don't want to mess it up. Do you have any tips for a first timer? When I do poly it, should it be water based or oil? I have 2 small children and don't want a problem with food getting spilled and then eaten. Lol

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