HOW TO RESTYLE YOUR KITCHEN TABLE WITH HALF A MAKEOVER IN HALF THE TIME!
Hi beautiful SI family, thanks for joining me today! Is your kitchen table looking old and tired, or a little beat up? Here’s how to get a brand new look with half the work in half the time!
Like many of us, my kitchen table wears many hats. It’s used for food prep, storage, gatherings, games, crafts, meals, and more. I’ve owned this pedestal table for ten years or so. I still love it. But for the last few years, it’s been looking sad.
The white paint had chipped off down the center. And there were some weird colored stains that I could never get out. I don’t know what they were or where they came from. It’s one of those kitchen mysteries. Like the time my cinnamon disappeared for weeks on end.
Sometimes I can overthink things or have an all or nothing mentality. I’ve been looking at my beat-up tabletop for months now. I was considering a bunch of colors and got caught up in decision paralysis.
Then it hit me. I’m really happy with the color of this table… white is very me.
Why not do HALF a makeover in half the time and just freshen up the top!
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HALF A KITCHEN TABLE MAKEOVER
I started by removing the four screws that held the top to the bottom. Separating them made it much easier to clean and stain.
The pedestal was cleaned using a water-vinegar mixture and a dollar store brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Amazing what a good cleaning can do. The pedestal looks brand new!
I used CitriStrip to remove the paint from the tabletop.
I poured a good amount to cover the entire surface and then spread it with this cheap chip brush.
After 20-30 minutes, I removed the gunk with this plastic putty knife. Then I repeated the process a second time to get the majority of the finish and paint off.
After giving the table a light sanding, I stained the top with two coats of this Tobacco Road Gel Stain. It’s water-based and easy to use. I have a quick demo of me using this water-based gel stain here.
I squirt some gel stain onto this applicator pad and run it along the wood grain in long even strokes. Then using a shop towel, once I applied the gel to half the table, I wiped off any excess and repeated the process on the other side.
TIP~ These applicator pads ARE washable and reusable when working with water-based products. They apply the product beautifully minimizing unevenness and leaving a smooth finish. You can see the applicator pad in action here.
For kitchen or dining tables (high traffic) I like to use a heavy-duty poly. Some of my favorite brands I’ve used are General Finishes, Varathane, Minwax, and lately, I’m addicted to Dixie Belle’s Gator Hide. Most topcoats are water-resistant but Gator Hide is waterproof. Perfect for surfaces that get spills or cleaned and wiped down continuously.
Gator Hide can be brushed or applied with a sponge. It also sprays perfectly! I sprayed 3 coats with a super light sanding between.
Here you can see how the water beads up on the Gator Hide topcoat which makes spills super easy to clean.
Oh, and I’d like to thank the talented Sara from Surrey Lane Home for this table styling idea! What a great way to showcase a freshly stained tabletop!
I hope this half makeover has inspired you! Half a makeover with half the work can make ALL the difference!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MAKEOVER’ … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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