The same only prettier
I found this table while thrifting last week. It was already pretty and in great condition. Beautiful wood marked on the bottom “Made in Italy.” I loved the shape, the detailing and the legs….oh what pretty legs!
I taped off the top using paper and frog tape (this stuff is the bomb). Then I used Kilz spray primer on the bottom. Once dry, I lightly sanded the piece down. Kilz is awesome for coverage but leaves a dusty residue behind. Next, the bottom half got a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.
It was a shame to cover the beautiful wood on the top so after lightly sanding it, I applied Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. I cannot stress how important this step is to get a beautiful finish. It prepares the wood for the stain. I’ve skipped this step on pieces before and they never look as good as when I use the conditioner. After about 15 minutes, it was ready to be stained. I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain. It’s such a rich, dark brown…a gorgeous contrast to the Heirloom White. Another must-have when staining wood in my opinion is a staining sponge. I’ve tried foam brushes, regular brushes, and lint-free rags but nothing comes close to the smooth and even application that a staining sponge offers.
Once the stain dried, I used a sanding block to distress the detail work.
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