While helping Josh’s grandparents sell some of their furniture before their move, I saw his Grandpa’s old desk and knew it would be perfect for our entry. I think I’ve found a new hobby, I just love taking something old and making it a beautiful statement piece again. It only took me a few hours to do this piece(drying time takes most of it) and I love how it turned out. Another plus, Josh really loves it too!
Materials You’ll Need: Entry Table Remodel
- Paint Brush
- Sand paper (the coarser it is the faster the sanding will go. I chose a fine sand paper because it was my first time)
- Electric sander(highly recommended)
- Stain(Early American)
- Primer(Zinsser Bulls Eye 1,2,3)
- Painters Tape
- Drop cloth
- 3-4 rags
- Plastic bags to hold screws and handles
- Take off handles from drawers and place all part into a bag and label if necessary. Remove drawers.
- Put new sand paper into electric sander and begin sanding. I had never used an electric sander and just borrowed one from my MIL. It’s not hard to use at all. I did realize you need to replace the sand paper often because it wears out pretty quick. I thought I had sanded the entire piece in about 10 min. After washing the excess sand off with a damp rag I realized I hadn’t sanded enough off. Keep sanding until most of the finish is off and when you wipe it down it feels smooth to the touch. Whatever you don’t sand off, it may show through the stain.
The first time I sanded the desk and thought I was done ha
Wipe everything down again with a damp cloth and then a dry one.
Lay down drop cloth and place table on it. Tape off the table top from the legs so the primer doesn’t get on top of the table you’re wanting to stain(shown below). Spray primer on the doors as well. This was the first time I had ever used spray primer. It was so fast and easy. You don’t want to spray it on too close or it will build up and drip.
- After the primer dries, tape off the bottom half of the table so if any stain drips it doesn’t get on the legs. I purposefully didn’t paint the legs at this point so if any stain did drip I could easily sand it and prime it again.
- Get your stain, brush, and a new dry cloth. Stain the top of the table in smooth even strokes. Overlap strokes so you don’t have streaks. make sure you’re doing the edges so you don’t have drip marks. Let it dry for about an hour in a covered area so nothing gets stuck to it(I did it in my garage with the door cracked). After an hour wipe off any stain that hasn’t seeped into the wood. Repeat the staining process as many times until you have your desired darkness(I did 3 coats)
- After the stain is completely dry, paint the legs and drawers white. You could also spray paint them but I had leftover white paint from when I painted my cabinets.
- Finish by spraying or painting a protectant coat over the entire piece.
- Replace handles.
- You’re finished!!! I love how it turned out, it’s perfect for my front entry.
have any questions? Let me know!
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