Hope you are all ready & gearing up for Thanksgiving! After that it’s go time for all Christmas everything! Yay! I’m a huge Christmas addict.
I recently refinished a table/hutch/and chairs for a gal in my area. She wanted to take away the very “cottage” look and have more of a rustic/distressed look. These pieces were made by her grandfather which I thought was awesome! I love working with old pieces. It also made me a tad nervous-don’t want to screw up gramps’ stuff!
Here’s a before pic:
I had her pick out the paint colors she wanted. She was striving for a sage for the table legs/hutch, wanted the top of the table stained, and chairs painted 3 different colors-everything distressed, obviously.
I started on the top of the table, sanding through layers of old paint is not my absolute favorite thing to do. I enjoy it but then get ansty when it’s taking awhile (which is always-when sanding down old pieces that have been painted more than once). I used my handy dandy new ryobi sander and 80 grit paper for most of it. Luckily, the hubby came out to help too!
*TIP* Add a little mineral spirits to the table, wait 15 minutes (or what the instructions say) and then sand the piece. This speeds up the process GREATLY.
Next, I painted the chairs each a different coat of the colors she picked out. All the paint was in FLAT (this is easier to sand and gives it more of a rustic/distressed finished look). I then grabbed my ryobi sander and sanded each chair. A Problem I ran into was that all the pieces were made out of pine wood. SO that means when sanded, the wood was light. I knew she was going for the dark distressed look, so I stained each spot that was sanded.
Next, I stained the top of the piece with my favorite Early American stain by Minwax. Just one coat. I then sanded down the edge to give it a “used” look. I then put a coat of Minwax Wax on top to protect from drinks being spilt and such. I love the wax as a finish because it doesn’t give such a finished look, like polyurethane does.
I also painted the trim that was on the top of the table, because it was not going to be able to be sanded down without ruining the pretty carving. The sander would ruin the original work carved on. I knew this would look awesome and unique once sanded and stained.
Then I painted the legs of the table. Same thing, with my ryobi sander I distressed them and then stained the distressed spots. It really gave it a weathered/rustic look.
Last, I painted the hutch. It was almost the same color that she originally had painted it but was a little more “sagey” and lighter. I took all of the original hardware off. She wanted to put new hardware on, so I filled the holes with stainable/paintable wood filler. After the hutch was dry, I sanded it down and stained the sanded spots. I think it came out awesome!
I hope you guys got some tips on distressing pieces! I had a blast refinishing her grandpa’s pieces, thanks Tasha!