When we moved into our home over a year ago, we had friends at the same time who moved and left us this table:
It has been the perfect table for outside activities...painting, eating, and experiments of all kinds...BUT it needed an overhaul in a bad way. One day I finally got myself in gear and turned the old table into this:
Much better, right?!
So let me take you through the process. Step 1- Sand, sand, sand, sand and sand.
Step 2: I stained the table in a dark walnut stain...at this point I was worried it was TOO dark, but I was not going to sand, sand, sand again, so I figured I would make this work!:)
Step 3: Taped down a chevron pattern
Step 4: Painted the striped with a light gray outdoor paint.
Step 5: Then I took off the tape to show this:
The lines were not crisp and beautiful like I imagined, so I kept working with it. I sanded down the top, which brought the wood grain out on parts of the chevron design (which I loved), but the gray was still too stark...
Step 6: I took the stain, painted some on and wiped it right off..and voila...JUST as I wanted:
So a before and after together:
and up close and personal:
It was a great lesson in figuring out what to do next. Sometimes I get to a point with a project and just want to stop because it "seems" ruined, but this one really reminded me how amazing things can really turn out when you keep on working with it!
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