Updated: Feb 28
Turn a thrift store dining room set into a Shabby Chic, eye catching piece of furniture!
I bought this dining-room table set at a steel at a thrift store here in town. I absolutely fell in love with the clawed feet and the character. I wasn't a fan of the wood though, since my house is styled in Shabby-chic cottage.
Sand the top to retain the character and stain darker.
The idea of refinishing stained or finished furniture can be intimidating. Especially if you hate sanding. I decided to keep some of the wood character showing on this piece, as it really was beautiful. That meant that I would need to sand the top. I used an electric sander and two different sand paper grits. I started with 90 grit and finished with the 180 grit. Once it was evenly sanded, I took a wet wash cloth and wiped everything down.
Never fear, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is here!
After everything was wiped off I got out the Duck Egg Annie Sloan Chalk paint. If you haven't used chalk paint before, I highly recommend it. It goes on over most finished furniture and seals nicely with the clear and dark wax. Annie Sloan is one of my favorites, but I've also used Rust-Oleum Chalk paint and Home Depot has just come out with their own line. You can pick any color you want and have them mix it for you. This seems like a normal concept, but I have been using chalk paint for nine years and even experimented with making my own to get the colors I wanted. Annie Sloan has a wide variety, but can get a bit pricy if you love to use lots of different colors. It was worth it for this project though, since the dining room table is frequently cleaned and I knew I could count on the quality of Annie Sloan to last.
I used the Duck Egg Blue and painted the legs and sides of the table. I also painted underneath as I am a perfectionist, but some may choose to leave that plain, since it won't be seen anyway. It may take two coats to get the full coverage, but some people prefer to do one coat and let the wood shine through a little, to add more character.
Annie Sloan Dark Wax and Clear Wax
I used the dark wax to bring out the character of the table. I applied it in the lines and around the feet mainly. Then I finished the remainder with clear wax.
The trick to finishing with wax is to apply it with a wax brush. I purchased a pack of four from Amazon and they have lasted through several projects. Then I took a shredded pillow case and wiped off the excess. Once I finished applying the wax, I went back over it and really rubbed it in, putting my elbows into it. This brought out a polished shine to my table and took off most of the wax feel.
Finishing the Top
I finished the top of the table last. First I used Minwax Pre-Stain wood conditioner. Once that was dried, I applied my stain. I used Varathane Ebony Premium Wood Stain from Home Depot. I applied two coats, waiting for the first coat to dry, then applying the second coat. I purchased a stain brush for this step, as the bristles will come out otherwise. Finally, once the second coat is completely dry, finish with a coat of Minwax Polyurethane to seal it.
I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue on the chairs, applying two coats. Then I applied the dark wax in the lines and clear wax on the rest of them. I wiped off the excess with a pillow case and polished out the waxy feel.
I am the kind of person that likes to start a project and finish it all in one day. This one took a few days, since I had to wait for the stain to dry. It was worth it in the end though and really makes my dining room pop!