Our neighborhood has a Google Group that people often sell furniture, house hold items, electronics and the like on. This farmhouse table came across it the other day and I glanced at it, and loved the benches but wasn’t too keen on the way the table was painted.
It was a solid oak table that was initially stained a dark brown that the previous owner painted with Annie Sloan chalk pain and then distressed. I wasn’t sure about the (or my) ability to redo, repair or refinish it, so I skimmed over the email at that point.
Fastforward to a few months ago, I mentioned to my Dad and my husband that I would love a farmhouse table in our kitchen and wondered if they would team up and make me one. This was in the midst of my Grandmother being sick and my sisters wedding, so I knew it was a ways off.
The farmhouse table didn’t initially sell on our Google Group and when the owner reduced the price, I knew I had to have it. It was a great set, would be perfect in my kitchen and was a reasonable price that I could try my hand at refinishing. I sent her an email, picked up cash and hubby and I went to pick up the table and bring it home.
The plan was to get it home, sand it down, re-stain the top to match the benches and then move it into our kitchen. No problem, right? I think my poor husband about fell over when I told him I wanted it done this week but yall know when I get something in my brain, I gotta get it done! Besides, with Annie M’s birthday and a big trip for us coming up, that gave me a deadline and this weekend we got to work.
Honestly, it was a lot easier than we both expected.
He and I both used sanders and sanded the paint off. I have a friend who restores furniture and knows all in regards to tactics and methods, so I consulted her and my Dad, got a plan and we got to work!
My friend (Hi Ashley!!) recommended a low grit (40-60 grit) sand paper to strip the paint and an orbital sander. She said you could use a chemical stripper as well, but they usually used the sanders, so we went with her recommendation. Once the paint/stain was off, she said to use a high grit (220) to smooth it out.
Hubby used the sander that was pictured and I don’t have a clue what I used, but as a sanding team, it took us hardly an hour and a half and all of the paint was gone.
We did it while the kids slept so yay for a naptime, crafttime win!
Since everyone was waking up, I went inside to watch the kids and he finished polishing it off! Here is how the table looked before, during and after!