Giving something new life

A few years back, my husband and I were given a dining room table from my parents.  We were thrilled to get a table that would actually fit our growing family.  This particular table had been in my parents house a.k a. the house I grew up in for many years.  This table has a lot of fond memories that stem from lots of family dinners to markings in the pine from doing homework.  I loved the table for the memories it held, but also for the fact that it functioned as an amazing piece of furniture.  The pine I did not love so much!

So how do you know when it’s time to give something new life?

For me it was pretty simple.  I wanted to keep the table in my family but I wanted it to fit my style and to be something I would be happy with for years to come.

The style and functionality of the table worked for me….not the color!

I went online and visited many furniture stores to find a color style that was something I loved!

After many hours…it was done!

The Chairs…


Giving furniture new life is not all that hard…

If this is something that you are wanting to try, it really is pretty simple!  Like anything that is well done however…it takes time!

The final result for me if like running a race.  You start off excited but a little nervous.    As you get close to the end, you are so excited to see the finish.  You finish the project and  you are excited you just did it.

***If you ever finished a project you did not like, I recommend letting it sit for a while until you have decided you want to try something new!  BELIEVE ME IT HAPPENS!

Refinishing furniture…

I started off by sanding the table down with sand paper.  I used a sand paper that was not too course.  A medium grit paper (# 12o and # 150) is useful for removing old paint and stain finish.  Since I am painting and not staining…the right type of sand paper is not that important!  Because I will be painting on a deglosser…it is not necessary to sand down the entire piece of furniture!

Next comes the sander deglosser… paint this on after lightly sanding.  This is some of my favorite stuff to use.  It is available at any home improvement store that sells paint.

After you have let the sander deglosser dry for a while ( usually give it 24 hours!)  It is time to paint…

For this project I did not prime.  I put the paint directly onto the wood.    Because this is furniture that will get a lot of use, I used cabinet enamel paint.  It is the best stuff.  It goes on thick and washes off with water.  The downside is that it is 52 dollars a gallon.

I put on about 3 coats of paint just to make sure it was on there for good.  I am thrilled with the results and cannot wait to host my first Christmas dinner this year.












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