When we first moved into this house I found this awesome (and old) table that my husband hates but I love. It’s the perfect shape for the space and it has 3 leaves so it can be really big or really small. The best part about this table is that we can comfortably seat 8-10 people around it, which we do quite often.
The orange color of the table was all wrong but I kept going back and forth on what to do with it – paint it black, paint it white, stain it a different color??? The options were endless and I was stuck, for 2 years, trying to figure out what to do with it.
Finally, after finishing up most of the kitchen, I got inspiration for what I wanted to do with the table. I decided that I wanted to completely strip it down, stain the top and paint the legs white, and that’s exactly what I did last weekend.
I ended up having to use a belt sander to get the layers of lacquer off the table but this picture gives you a better idea of the color and how scratched up it was, which is one of the things Matt didn’t like about it.
After it was all stripped it was so pretty! I loved that you could finally see how pretty the wood grain is. To scuff the legs up I used a sand paper sponge since I didn’t need to strip them down all the way. It worked great and made it really easy to sand all the edges and grooves.
The first thing I did was stain the tabletop because I was so excited to see the pretty new color. I used Special Walnut by Minwax and topped it with a water-based polyurethane.
While the tabletop was drying I set up my new HomeRight Spray Shelter in the garage so I could spray the table legs white.
The Spray Shelter was easy to set up and to protect the garage floor I placed a plastic drop cloth underneath it. As a “blogger side note” I’d just like to say that the Spray Shelter helps make the best photography lighting! I’m thinking I might need to set this thing up for photo shoots from time to time. 😉
Anyways, moving on… to spray the table legs I used the Finish Max Pro Sprayer, which worked beautifully! Years ago I hand painted some table legs and the brush marks STILL bother me, I’m thinking I might need to go back and spray them so they look as good as my breakfast nook table legs do now!
I sprayed 3 coats since I know they will get knocked around a lot with the chairs and bench. After they were finished drying, and the tabletop was dry, I flipped the top upside down to screw the legs back on.
Once the leaves were dry I put one of them back in because we need to be able to seat 6 people at the table every week. I left the other 2 leaves out because I like having a little more space in the breakfast nook.
I think it turned out lovely. I LOVE that you can see the wood grain now and I’m so in love with the new color of the table! Remember how I mentioned earlier that my husband didn’t like this table? Well my goal was to make him love it as much as I did and when I put it all back together he told me it looked “freakin’ amazing” which made me happy to hear. 🙂
I can’t tell you how good it makes me feel to have this table finished, after 2 years of trying to decide what to do with it! I’m also glad I didn’t try to paint it way back when, because now that I have the HomeRight tools, it made the job so much easier than it would have been before!
Do you have a painting project you’ve been putting off forever? Well today is your lucky day because I’m giving away the HomeRight Spray Shelter (a $46 value!) AND the HomeRight Finish Max Pro (a $125 value!). If you win, you’ll have no more excuses, trust me, it will feel SO good to have it finished, and your reward will be to look at your beautiful, finished product every day. 🙂
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Anne Marie says
I would also redo my kitchen table – it looks like your “before” and I want it to look like your “after”.
Holly F says
Laundry room cabinets – paint gray or white
I’m about to start painting kitchen cabinets. I so need this! 🙂
I have a dresser that I have needed painted for some time now.
Joan Kubes says
I would redo an old table.
Julie Wood says
I want to make over my hutch by stripping it down and painting it a new color!!
Dawn Jones says
I would probably work on a dresser that needs a facelift. Have a great day!
Sharlene Piscitelli says
I have several pieces of furniture that could use some help from Homeright.
D Schmidt says
I would tackle cabinet painting.
Kelly Methey says
Your project turned out really nice! I have a table that was my grandma’s that I would love to tackle and make it gorgeous.
Thanks for the giveaway! I would absolutely love to win this!! ?
sarah o says
I’ve been stuck on my kitchen table too!!
I feel like I might just paint the whole thing gray (my favorite color!) – EVENTUALLY.
Kaye Newman says
I have a old antique bed that I would love to use this on.
Kelli J says
I too need to redo our kitchen table. I looked everywhere to find a kitchen table with lovely scalloped edges and fold down sides. We finally found one on craigslist, We put it in the kitchen and said oh this summer we will paint it, but the thought of that is daunting and time consuming so we agreed to do it in the spring. Will it ever get done, who knows!
Haha, I know how you feel, that’s exactly what this table was for me. It took me two years but I did finally do it. 🙂
If I won, I would tackle painting my garage and basement.
I would paint my backyard fence
Christy Soloveichik says
I have several projects I would use this on: two tables and two dressers to start with! I’ve been looking for a good spray painter anyway!
Lovely result for your hard work.
I would redo my family room table.
Thanx for the great giveaway opportunity…I have an armoire that I need to paint and have been putting it off because I am presently disabled and in too much pain to do so…. What a blessing it would be to win this!
I have a couple of dresser projects that I would take on and they need to get done since they are for my kids!
I love your new Nook redo. The table is amazing. Hugs,
We have a desk we bought for Landon two years ago. I would love to paint it and put it in his room.
My grandmother’s dresser lived in my son’s room for 25 years. A boy’s room. I can’t imagine what he did to it to make all those scratches! So, that is my next project!
Angela W says
I want to paint a rocking chair and some shutters.
amy tolley says
i have a bench i would redo
LOVE the way this turned out! I have my grandmother’s table that looks identical to this…the giveaway tools would help me to achieve the same look and preserve this special piece of furniture for generations to come! Thanks for sharing!
Seyma Shabbir says
We need to paint our living room!
I have a jewelry armoire that could really use a makeover!
Oh, so many projects I have that would use this!
I would tackle an entertainment center.
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle says
Love it! You did a great job!
Thank you!! 🙂
I have a mid-century bar cart that I want to refinish.
Wow, my table really needs help, maybe I could do this too…
We have recently moved into a 1950’s ranch……there is a LOT to be painted ! Would love to win ?
Bree T says
I have been wanting to repaint my bedroom set a nice dove gray. It’s an antique in solid wood, you can’t find the kind of craftsmanship anymore! … But it is covered in hand painted flowers, which my husband hates, and the finish is coming off in some places, which I hate. It’s time for a facelift!
danielle reynolds says
Cindy A. says
I have two vintage bedroom sets that I plan to paint. They are in rough shape, but I’m confident I can make them beautiful again. The HomeRight Spray Shelter and Finish Max Pro Sprayer would definitely make it easier! Thank you so much for the chance to win them.
Melissa S says
I am thinking of painting my sons bedroom set, this would make that job so much easier.
Rana Durham says
painting an amoiree i found at thrift shop
i have 2 barstools i’d start with
I would probably start with dressers, no wait – my desk. Darn… table, bookcases, etc, etc, etc. So much fun!
Renee Simmons says
I actually have several, a table, old cupboards of my mom’s (passed recently), so I am redesigning my kitchen & not have your basic kitchen cabinets, open shelving & these shabby cabinets (and they are on wheels so I can move them easily.
I want to re-do a blond cedar chest that was my mother’s. This is one project that has to be done in perfection in my eyes.
My grammas old dresser
Breanna K says
dining room table! My girls spilled nail polish remover on it and the finish is not looking so good-it needs some love
if I won, the first project i’d do is makeover of a changing table sitting inthe garage into a potting table.
If I won I would use this to paint our kitchen cabinets. It would make the job sooo much easier!
Tara King Meashaw says
I have a chest that needs a makeover!
carol clark says
i have some cabinets id like to paint
steve weber says
We need to paint the fireplace and the entire basement.
I have a small cabinet I’d like to paint! This would be used to display some collectables.
Patricia C says
I think I would tackle my fences if i won
Leah Hudson says
It is so beautiful, Anna! I love that you gave it a new life!
Thank you!! 🙂
I would like to paint our kitchen cabinets, and I have a table very similar to yours that needs a makeover.
Amanda S. says
I would paint my front porch rails. The thought of painting it by hand gives me nightmares. 🙂
Seriously. That’s one of the reasons why it took me so long to paint mine!
Barbara Brannon says
Your table is amazing! Would LOVE to win the HomeRight sprayer as my kitchen table AND 6 chairs badly need a paint job and this would be the boost I need to get on it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Barbara in TN
Your table came out great!!! I also would redo my dinning room table. Thank you for this giveaway.
If I won……..OMG! I would paint EVERYTHING!!! LOL Ok maybe just a few 100 things. But I’d start with my table, then a desk that needs a serious makeover!! It’s a roll top so brushing is OUT of the question!!
I like the combination of painted base and walnut stain! Great way to update this kitchen/dining table. Looks great!
Updating my kitchen with a new paint job.
Kiera Chambers says
I would tackle the same thing…my kitchen table plus my chairs! I NEED the tent, how amazing is that?!?
I have several pieces of orange furniture similar to your original table that would benefit from new stain or paint. Nice job!
I would do something with my coffee table
SONJA HANSEN says
Oh, how I wish I had known about this equipment when I repurposed my kitchen table and painted it to go with our banquet a couple of years ago. It was a real ordeal. Ugh!
Chuck young says
Would be great to get this. I have a couple sets of faux shutters I am needing to finish after I get recuperated from surgery. The spray shelter would be great for keeping the little leaves in the yard off the finish.
Linda Moffitt says
I would paint walls they all need done
I have an old dresser that belonged to my parents that needs repainting. I would love to win this!.
Allison CB says
I have PAtio furniture that really needs painting!!!
Lauren H says
I have some chairs that need spraying
Kathie Craig says
I have a dresser and headboard I would love to paint. The Spray Shelter and Pro Sprayer would be perfect for these projects!!
Jenn H says
I would love to do my cabinets!! they need a good refresher before we list our house!
Susan M. says
First on my list is an antique children’s secretary – just thinking about painting all the cubbies by hand makes me groan! Thanks for the opportunity… my fingers are crossed!
I would do my kitchen cabinets!
Angela S says
I would love this! I have a coffee table and end tables that I want to tackle and a small cabinet.
I need to re-finish my dining room table and chairs. I have two leaves with my table that will need to be refinished, also. Plus, I have a chest of drawers, that were my parents, that needs to be refinished. I sure could use those two items!
Bethany Davis says
Hi, Faye! I’m Anna’s assistant, Bethany. Unfortunately, this giveaway has ended already, but keep an eye out on the blog for more giveaways in the future! These products really do help with refinishing so I hope you win something similar soon! 🙂