Sharing my dining table makeover! In my Dining Room Design post, I mentioned that my Polyvore design board had a Restoration Hardware table that was to die for.
Here is our table before. It’s a honey oak classic from the ’90s and still in great condition. Solid wood (so I thought, but I’ll get to that later) with no scratches, water marks, dents, markings, etc. Overall it was a pretty great table.
First I used Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner applied with a sponge brush. I’m sure most professionals would never use a sponge brush, but I always have for all my projects and have never had any issues. They are cheap, come in many different sizes, and I just toss them when I’m done. I usually don’t worry about cleaning them for re-use. Also, I’ve never used pre-stain conditioner before but decided it was a necessary step for this project. Because the table top is obviously the only thing really seen on a dining table, I didn’t want any imperfections (on my end) showing when it was stained. I was worried that maybe the stain would not be applied evenly, or I may of not sanded evenly and didn’t want that noticeable. I let the conditioner dry for about an hour and then started on the stain.
By this time, it was about noon and the heat was coming so I decided to go back inside for the day. Later, Joe came home from work and I took him outside to see my completed project.
The black shows darker in some spots more than others, but overall I was very pleased. I then continued the dark wash on the lip of the table, pedestal, and legs. The dark wash tied in nicely with the black dry brushing I already did on the pedestal and legs.
In this photo, you can see a little but of the orange trying to come thru – but I don’t mind it. It’s a little reminder of what this table once was.
And here it is in our new house! The stain ended up matching the chair legs perfectly. The charcoal fabric is a nice compliment to the painted part of the pedestal.
I love it! In this picture you might notice my industrial styled shelves, I’ll be sure to have a post about those. I did post a picture on Instagram a few weeks ago, and Marshalls regrammed it! I was shocked, it was so exciting!
That's great information. Thanks for sharing this blog. I did a search and found your blog and glowing review. It's been a big help! Thanx! toolsadvisors
Steven Hunt says
Excellent build. Fantastic and simple. I was waiting for something like this and perhaps I will shamelessly copy your design of the table. You can see some woodworking project at my woodworkingbuddy blog.
Tom Brady says
Nice blog! I especially read your blog. Thanks! Please share with me when you have new posts. I will wait…
Brian Tran says
WOW! The chairs are stunning. What a great job you have done. That fabric was the perfect choice for those seats. Thanks for sharing such nice blog about table topping with us.