Friday, February 1, 2013

Refinish an Old Knotty Pine Dining Table: The Story

Seventeen years ago, I purchased a big sturdy knotty pine dining room table with four chairs at a furniture store in my town that was going out of business. I think I paid 4 or 5 hundred bucks for the set and it has served my family well (although we are constantly pulling extra chairs up to it to seat all of us) over the years. As you can imagine however, it's seen a lot of miles, three daughters, and four grandchildren later, the soft pine wood top was more than a little worn and the once white chairs with pine seats had yellowed (I tried EVERYTHING to keep the white, white, but as the years passed the chairs were impossible to clean). Here's what the table looked like after all seventeen years worth of use:

and here is a close up of the top of the table in all of it's scratched up glory (and yes, that is a part of a birthday cake in the photo, I didn't think to take any staged photos before the refinishing began):

At any rate, once our kitchen/dining/living room remodels got underway, I decided that it was a great time to create an even BIGGER mess in the house by also refinishing this table and chairs (as well as a coffee table, two end tables, two side tables and a media center, but that's a whole lot of other stories!!).

I started the project by slathering on a TON of of paint/varnish remover like so:

and since I was working inside I used that orange citrus remover to prevent killing myself and my animals in the process of refinishing...

After I scraped off the old finish I got out an old palm sander that I had for probably the same number of years I owned this table and got to work... but frankly sanding sucks and so did that palm sander, so then I ran (ok, ok, I DROVE because it's FASTER and I am too outta shape to actually RUN) to my local Menards and bought this bad boy (one of my new favorite toys!!)

This little gem is a finishing/orbital/palm sander all rolled into one neat little package and I am IN LOVE...thus the refinishing of TONS of furniture ensued after the purchase of the Black and Decker Complete Sanding Kit (retails at about 60 bucks), you can read about it right here. I think this sander changed my life... no kidding!

At any rate, I sanded the table and the chairs like so (yes that is my kitchen remodel project in the background before it was completed)...

Then I mixed my own concoction of light walnut and mahogany stain (I wanted a darker finished to match the rest of the wood furniture in my house) to do the table and chair seats, hauled the chair frames outside and spray painted them white... and TA-DA!!!

I think this baby is ready for another decade at least, don't you?  In fact, I'm so proud of my "new" table and chairs that I am entering the following link parties:

Miss Mustard Seed
Liz Marie
The Shabby Creek Cottage
House of Hepworth's 
Redoux Interiors
The Shabby Nest
DIY Showoff
Funky Junk Interiors

3 Scrappy Comments:

Gail said...

Clever you ,could you pop across to Australia and do mine lol.Seriously it looks great and probably saved lots of cash ,I'm all for DIY.

Anonymous said...

The table and chairs look great! You are so brave to refinish furniture, I'm always afraid to but I have a small table (that belonged to my mom) which is desperately crying for help, so I may have to learn. I saw your link at Frugal Friday, thanks for sharing with us.


LouAnn @ said...

what did you use to finish the top - to keep it from getting scratched up again right away? I am hoping to refinish my soft pine table next week!

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