I found a table, not just any ordinary table but a free dinning room table that a older couple left outside with the sign saying 'free' on it. I normally walk past their place on the way to going to drop my siblings to school. At first glance I could tell that it wasn't my style. So I gave it a few days. Continue to drop and pick up the kids. It wasn't something I was going to get until I thought what I could do with it. My mom wasn't going to buy a new dinning room table until my siblings went to college at this point. Long story short, they broke the dinning room table and the new fold up one honestly belonged outside.
At first I thought about how to bring this table into my apartment. I already knew that there is no way I could carry it and I couldn't throw it on my stroller. Obviously I needed my van. With help the table arrived and was placed on my balcony. What did my mom think about this? Well she at first thought I was crazy (It is a normal reaction.) Then she wanted to know my ideas for this table. (To make sure I am not starting a collect random furniture on our balcony) I never tackled a paint job or staining or anything like this before so all of this was new for me.
I bought Krylon's Color Master - Bright White Spray paint. It was on sale at Canadian Tire for $4.48.
We took off the legs of the table (which was the same color of the table top)
and laid them upright against cardboard.
and laid them upright against cardboard.
I was so excited to spray paint. It was so much fun to do and easy. I let them dry over night completely missing the part that this spray paint drys in ten seconds.
I also bought Minwax Fast Drying Clear Satin and Ebony Wood Finish. I had to ask the worker at Canadian Tire to help me out since there was different stains and such from oil based to water based. I had no idea where to start but I knew with stain I was looking for. I wanted a dark stain for the top of the table and that is what I got with the Ebony stain.
This table originally has a light caramel color to it.
I personally don't own a sander or those power sanders but with small sand paper, the table got done with a lot of hand power.
I had help using Wishi Tape to tape top of the table's side. Then spray painted the sides of the table which was originally a dark green color.
Now it was time for me to stain the top. I wish I started with this but it was too late to redo everything.
The Tip I got from the Canadian Tire Employee was to "Stir not shake" along with information about why I shouldn't shake it causes bubbles. Also he told me to get a rag as well for this project.
I used a brush and started to put the stain on. You can use a cloth or brush.
Leave on for 5- 15 minutes. I realize I am a little bad with following directions. I didn't see the stain color I was looking for and just reapplied the stain this time leaving it on. Which I found out its one of the things not to do on their DONT list on their website. So to not copy what I did, simply apply a second coat after 4-6 hours, repeating application directions of first coat.
I noticed that the caramel color was speaking through when I would rub the brush against it and I loved the way it looks and kept it this way.
Later this same week, it snowed and so I had to wait to ass the clear coat.
When the weather was a little better, I finally got the clear coat on and let that dry over night.
Then it was finally time to bring it in. Just in time because we had a snow storm a few days after I brought the table in.
I think that my table turned out pretty good for it being the first time I have done something like this before. What I have learned is... I should read instructions better. Now that I have found and tackled a table. I have to do something about the dinning room table's chairs that we have.
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