Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rustic table transformation.

Before and after sanding.

I’m not entirely sure why it’s taken me so many years to revamp a table. I mean, I’ve thought about it for awhile, but actually taking the time to salvage a piece of furniture vs. buying brand new, has been a game changer. My initial thoughts, “I have no clue what I’m doing.” and “This is going to be messy and time consuming.” Little did I know, I would fall in love and and there would be no going back to imported, manufactured, laminated cardboard. Sorry IKEA. Surprisingly, the mess was manageable and the learn as you go process was smooth sailing.

Supplies Needed:

Electric sander
Sand paper: 60, 250, & 400 grit
Stain (I used weathered gray)
Indoor/outdoor white paint
Paint brush

Sand top, bottom, & legs with electric sander 60 grit sandpaper.

After sanding wipe area clean with a cloth and apply pre-stain wood conditioner. 
Follow the instructions on can - coat the entire area and wipe clean with a cloth.

Pre-stain should look a little darker until dried.

Allow pre-stain to dry overnight before applying stain.
This was the most challenging part, after applying stain rub-in and wipe away from wood. Don't allow the stain to dry.

After stain has dried, lightly sand with 400 grit sand paper (by hand) & wipe clean with cloth.

Paint table legs white and allow to dry. Next, prep white wash, by mixing one part water and one part white paint.

Lightly coat entire surface with wash and allow to dry overnight.

After paint has dried, it should look something like this.

Use an electric sander around 200-250 grit and sand entire area to desired look.

After using the electric sander, wipe clean with cloth and gently sand using 400 grit (by hand).



  • Clean wood surface with dry cloth.
  • Sand with electric sander using 60 grit sandpaper.
  • Wipe clean with dry cloth.
  • Apply pre-stain, wipe away, allow to dry overnight.
  • Apply stain, wipe away, allow to dry overnight.
  • Hand sand dried stain using 400 grit sand paper.
  • Paint table legs, allow to dry.
  • Create pain wash by mixing one part paint, one part water.
  • Lightly cover entire surface with paint wash, allow to dry overnight.
  • Sand over dried wash with electric sander using 200-250 grit.
  • Wipe area clean with dry cloth.
  • Smooth final product by lightly sanding with 400 grit.
  • Wipe area clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry.
*IF you make a mistake, repeat these steps, you can always sand-off or paint-over.
**I didn't seal the wood at the end, this is entirely up to you.

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