I recently bought a new orbital sander, which I love! Since I got it, I've been obsessed with sanding and staining everything. I found this old table for $40 at a garage sale and it sat in my garage for about 6 months taking up way too much space. Sometimes I buy things that I never get in the mood to paint, and this was one of those things. I finally got the motivation to do it, and I'm happy with how it turned out.
This is what I started with. I forgot to take a picture before I painted two of the chairs, but you get the idea of the ugliness of the table.
I started by sanding the entire surface down to the bare wood using my new Dewalt orbital sander. If you are trying to take the finish off completely, its best to use a very course sandpaper until everything comes off, and then use a fine grate to smooth it out. I used 60 to get it off, and then 200 to smooth it out afterwards. It probably took about an hour to sand it all down.
I thought this would look more turquoise than it did, but I really ended up loving the color.
After letting it dry, I painted them using the same color as the bottom of my table. I did some distressing with medium grate sand paper and sprayed each chair with polyrcrylic spray paint for protection. I then had to cut the wood and batting to fit the chairs, and then attached the fabric with a staple gun.
This is how they looked when I finished. I really like the gray fabric with the paint color.
This would go perfectly in a small dining area or nook.
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