Well, I guess we’re a week into 2019 and it’s borderline to be shouting it out — but Happy New Year friends! Whatever this year has in store for you, I hope you take the time to be thankful and grateful and enjoy all your present moments…. like I’m doing right now with you — it’s great to be back with my SI family. [big smile]
So to kick off the year, let’s start with a salvaged gate table before and after. And if you’ve ever wondered how to get that gorgeous Restoration Hardware Weathered Gray Stain Finish I have something fun for you!
I’ve found a product that’s easy to use and gives an amazing weathered gray stain — and it’s waterbased to boot!
My go-to stains have always been solvent based. Minwax, Varathane and General Finishes are what I’ve been using up till this point – love them, they work amazing. So I wasn’t sure what to expect with a waterbased gel stain, but I have to say I’m really impressed.
Here’s what I started with. A salvaged vintage gate table which is just another way of saying a vintage drop leaf. The neat thing about these; the legs swing out (like a gate) to prop up the two wood leafs.
I’ve had this table for so long I don’t even remember where I got it but the top was in really rough shape.
Take a look at her now! She’s being used as a sofa table behind my loveseat. Check out this perfect weathered gray stain!
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DIY WEATHERED GRAY STAIN | RH GATE TABLE::
Step #1:: Clean & Sand
I started by giving this dresser a good cleaning. Then I gave the entire wood top a sanding with this sander – which if you do a lot of furniture makeovers – treat yourself this new year because it’s a must-have! It makes stripping and sanding furniture soooo much easier.
Step #2:: Prime & Paint
The legs and inside of the wood leafs were primed with BIN (to kill bleedthrough) and then painted with this cotton white paint. If you’re not into using smelly shellac primer, here’s a great waterbased alternative.
Step #3:: Weathered Gray Stain
Now for the fun! To create this Restoration Hardware look, all it took was 3 easy steps.
- Wet Raw Wood with Sponge
- Apply Voodoo Up In Smoke Gel Stain
- Rub Off With Shop Towel
Here was the Restoration Hardware Weathered Gray Stain I was after.
Pretty close match, don’t you think?!
Thanks for joining me today. I have some exciting things planned for 2019 which I can’t wait to share! I even tried shooting a video for this post but I haven’t figured out how to edit it. If/when I do, I’ll upload it for you. Update – Done! 🙂
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS GATE TABLE MAKEOVER. ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR HAVE EVER USED WATERBASED GEL STAIN — FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN WITH ANY TIPS… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!