Our dining table was 15 years old, and we wanted to update the look. Instead of buying a new one, we thought it was better to reuse and save both money and the environment. The table was originally made from recycled Oregon with an orange and brown stain. The idea was to strip off the varnish, lacquer and paint the sides to give it a Hamptons look which my wife likes.
Take off the legs and clean the table thoroughly and let it dry. Wear some disposable gloves and work outside with lots of ventilation. Apply Polystrippa with a paintbrush and let it stand for 4-5 mins. Scrape off and collect the old varnish. The varnish comes off wet then dries very quickly. After removing the varnish, you can start the sanding. I have a small Ryobi 300W Random Orbital, and it works fine. I used the 240 grit as it is more forgiving if I make a mistake. After all the scratches were sanded away, and the surface was smooth to touch, I then used a 300 grit and sanded by hand. Varnish was applied using a brush, then I wiped off any excess; I let it dry overnight then lightly sanded the surface by hand. This was repeated three times, and the table was dried for four days before we move it back in. The sides and legs were just painted in white, two coats.
What a fantastic transformation you have achieved there! I'm a great fan of this styling, and I have been considering a similar Hampton's look for my own dining set. It is currently a fairly standard timber setting, and I believe it would look amazing if I followed your instructions.
Many thanks for sharing and including instructions. I trust your project will inspire many of our members. Well done, I look forward to your next one.
The table looks fantastic and the grain of the timber deserved to be brought back to life and seen for all its beauty.
Looks fantastic @Nham. Congratulations. We will feature your wonderful handiwork on our Project Gallery.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @katska. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for jumping into the conversation.
Have you got any furniture that you'd like to do a similar make-over on?
It would be fantastic to hear all about the projects you have going on around your own home and garden, and we'd encourage you to let us know if you ever need assistance or have something to share. I trust you'll find loads of inspiration as our fabulous members are contributing their ideas here all the time.
That’s a fantastic makeover @Nham I have considered doing mine too, but the chairs scare me a little given the extra time and effort to makeover the chairs.
Thanks for the instructions and list of tools required. I’ll definitely consider it a lot more now.
Thanks @NickiM , the grain on your table looks really nice. I was thinking, you could always just paint the chairs white to save you time.