- Sherwin Williams Creamy Semi-gloss arylic paint
- Minwax dark walnut stain
- Minwax Polyurethane Rub on varnish
- A mini sander, paint brushes, and paper towels
This was a long project in the making and I have to credit this tutorial from Miss Mustard Seed for her really good directions on stripping and redoing my table and chairs. Although I have done lots of refinishing this was a new technique and I wanted to try something from her blog since I love her style. It took me awhile to do this project, as I would work outside for about an hour at a time. I started in early July and was happy to have it finished by the end of summer !
To sum up Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial here is what I did:
- I sanded the varnish off the tabletop completely. If you are going to restain you need to remove everything.
- I roughly sanded the varnish off the parts I was going to paint. I have to thank my son Oliver who helped with this. It took some real elbow grease. My mom told me later that I didn't have to sand the parts I wanted to paint but that I could have primed them instead. Thanks mom!
- I painted the chairs and table legs with 3 coats of Sherwin Williams Creamy.
- I then sanded the white painted parts to distress them a bit.
- After sanding, I dipped a paper towel in the dark walnut stain and rubbed lightly onto the furniture. I immediately took a clean paper towel and wiped as much of the stain off as I could. This gave the distressing a more natural and aged look.
- For the tabletop I rubbed on 3 coats of the Minwax dark walnut stain and after that dried, I rubbed on 5 coats of the Polyurethane varnish.
I love how it turned out!