I sanded the “leaf” in the table, just in case I knocked a crater into the wood due to my inexperience with the sander. Happily, no craters resulted.
After sanding the table top down to the wood grain (oh, yeah, fun times, no really! I love sanding: it’s therapeutic for me) it was time to prime the legs, which would take care of the adhesion for the paint.
Note: I roughly sanded the table edge because I wanted to create a bit of a rustic look.
Next I whitewashed the table top & painted the legs of the table. For a great “how to” on the whitewash technique check out Centsational Girl’s tutorial.
I sealed the table with four coats of polycrylic…this took a lot of time, patience, waiting & repetition. But since we use this table every single day we felt it would be important to seal it properly (especially with two precious boys around!).
Now the Chair Dance, Won’t You Join In?
It was quite a process to paint & seal the chairs, but totally worth it.
I started with the chairs outside…
(From Left to Right: Painted Chair, Primed Chair, Plain Chair)
I primed the chairs, then painted them, then sealed them with two coats of polycrylic. I should note that the chairs had to move indoors for the sealing portion because I bird had pooped on one of them overnight. I thought it was a leaf and “wiped it off” with my hand! It was g.r.o.s.s. to say the least. Thankfully no birds could poop inside the house.
The Before & After Shot
If you missed the first part of this Dining Table Reveal then you can check it out now. Oh yeah, the paint that I used on the table is “Cool Gray” by Valspar & the paint on the chairs is “Tropical Surf” by Glidden.
Now I wonder what will be my next sander victim…hahahaha!