Thursday, August 29, 2013

Kitchen Table Makeover

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. 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. 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!