So this dining table has a little story. I bought it right after we bought our house 2 years ago. It sat in my parent's garage for about 2 months while we patiently awaited work to be done on our house so we could move in. Online I fell in love with the simplicity of this table. It was the perfect size for our small dining room, it had these beautiful rounded spindle legs. It was farmhouse-esque but also modernish. The color was a distressed black/brown so it didn't look totally brand new and shiny but would still go with some of the more glam pieces I had left over from our old apartment. When we finally opened the box, the top of the table was defected. Or at least I thought it was! It looked as if instead of randomly distressing the wood on the table top someone took a giant eraser and just put very large marks on it. it was awful! But It had already been 2 months and I wasn't sure there was anything I could do about it now. I emailed the company I purchased it from and they agreed it was not at all what was advertised on the website. They gave me a refund and told me to keep the table cause shipping would be way to expensive. The table is beautifully constructed and it's a heavy solid wood so this was a total score! I knew the table needed to be refinished but at the time I was 6 months pregnant and have never properly refinished anything in my life, so I decided to quick fix it and added a quick layer of black paint over the top. it worked fine. Fast forward 2 years later and the black paint is scratched and peeling and just awful! I decided it was time to tackle the dreaded project. And I'm SO SO glad I did!. Here's the progress of the table...
This is the table after I opened the box and realized the "distressing" was horribly done. It was a sad moment!
Table right before stripping
You can see here my slapped on paint "band-aid" had started to peel off. And now we STRIP!!
And now on the the finished product!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how my first stripping/refinishing project turned out! I used a product called Citristrip to strip the paint. It's an all natural stripper made from orange peels and I loved working with it. The company states you can even use this product indoors, but because of the mess stripping creates I wouldn't recommend that. After stripping you need to "de-gunk". That's not a technical term but it's pretty much what I had to do. There will be a layer of waxy residue that if you try and sand off will just stick to your sand paper and get pushed down into the grain of the wood (I learned this the hard way). There are a few ways to go about de-gunking, the method I used was with some steel wool and denatured alcohol. Worked like a charm. Then you move on to sanding. After you sand with a coarse grit, wipe away any dust and then sand with a fine grit to give your wood a smooth finish. Then wipe away any more dust and you should be ready to pre-stain and then stain. Pre-staining is super important to ensure your stain goes on nice and even.