Kitchen Table Makeover

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Here is a quick afternoon makeover that turned our inexpensive Better Homes & Gardens Dining Set into a rustic farmhouse table.  It was a simple project that takes more patience than skill.  I started by carefully coating the tabletop & bench seats in Citristrip Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel, avoiding the black parts of the dining set.  (Follow the directions on the container, it is VERY simple to use.)  I like this gel because I can safely use it in the house.  I used a taping knife to scrape the gel/varnish.  I let the Citristrip sit for 30 mins before scraping (I probably could have waited longer…) & I then repeated the process one more time.

After I let the table dry, I applied my favorite Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with a clean rag.  I applied two coats of the stain, letting the table dry between coats.

Once the stain dried, I lightly sanded where I wanted to see a little more “wear & tear” (mostly edges).

My next step is to apply the Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (Natural), just to give the table a protective coat.  This is a very heavily used table and we have gone two weeks without a protective coat (just the stain) without any issues.  The wax will just add a little more luster to the finish & make the table a little easier to wipe down after meals with two toddlers.

I AM LOVING our “new” table!  It’s so much more fun to decorate now that the color is more neutral & more rustic.  

  1. *katie

    September 3rd, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    I so, SO need to do this to a number of tables in my house…I have the citistrip, I just need to START! Looks great!

  2. The Abbey's

    September 25th, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Can you provide suggestions for how you stripped the stain off the chairs with the spindles but still left on the black paint? Unfortunately I do not have benches with my table (very similar to yours) and would like to put something on the black paint so it doesn't come off. Thank you!

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