Hi!  It’s time for another Throw Back Thursday project.  This time it is my dining room table.  I have had my dining room table for about 20 years and I still love it as much as the day I bought it.  However, it was starting to show signs of wear with lots of scratches on the pine top.  I knew I didn’t want to part with it so I decided to try to refinish it.  Here is an old picture of it…

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It is hard to tell from this picture just how scratched and dinged up it really was.

At first I thought I might like to stain it black so I headed to Lowes (of course) and bought some black stain.  Because I had no idea what I was doing it didn’t adhere very well and the color was just too overwhelming for me.  I then consulted a friend who has refinished tons of furniture and she recommended using milk paint.  I had never heard of it before and neither had any of the people at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  I searched for it online and discovered that Woodcraft carried it and we have one about 30 minutes from my house so away I went.

The people there were so helpful and knowledgeable…finally!!  (Nothing against the fine people at Lowes etc.)  They recommended that I start with the Milk Paint Extra Bond just to be sure it would adhere well and then to proceed with a couple of coats of the Milk Paint.  The Milk Paint I used came in a powdered form and it doesn’t look they carry that brand anymore.  You can find it here though.  If I had it to do over again I would probably use the premixed paint just to save to extra step.  #lazydiyer

I gave the table about 3 coats of the paint and then roughed it up a bit with some sandpaper so the original black stain I used would show through a bit.  Then I finished with a couple of coats of a top coat and that was it.

When I went shopping for the paint I couldn’t decide between playing it safe with white or this blue-green color so I bought both.  Then when I got home and started I decided to be brave and go for the color.  I am so glad I did….I love the finish.  The only hard part about the project was reaching the middle of the table to make even brush strokes all the way across the surface because I am short.  I ended up with some lap marks in the middle but they really don’t bother me.  I held on to the white paint and later used it to paint my old teacher’s desk so it didn’t go to waste.

The one bad thing about this paint is the price.  I think I spent over $50 on supplies which seemed like a lot to me for such a small surface.  I guess that is pretty cheap though in comparison to buying a new table.  It has been about 3 or 4 years since I did this project and the finish is still holding strong and I still LOVE the color.  Here it is today…IMG_3266

Have a Great One All!!

Patty  🙂

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