How I Built and Stained My Own Table: A True Story
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Renee W. November 8, 2015
I decided to DIY a large kitchen island using an old hutch and building around that. I poured a resin countertop which was ridiculously hard! I did not know until I read the instructions that came with the $800 worth of resin and epoxy that I could only pour 1/8" layers at a time and I had to do them 4 hours apart - not more than 6 hours apart. It was a HUGE mess, took all weekend including efforts waking up in the middle of the night, and I didn't have high hopes that it would come out well. BUT IT DID! It is amazing! 1.5" thick beautiful resin with long grass inside. I wish I could add photos here! Maybe I will make my own post like this.
LouLou2222 November 3, 2015
I have had my dining table for 36 years. I realize that I'm giving everything away by that statement. You might say, 'gees, she's about my mother's age' and you'd probably be right. Anyway, my table has been through a gazillion holidays, parties and all with two kids growing up. Get the idea? This table has been through several iterations of itself much like myself. It's original state was a distressed pine table with two leaves which expands to 120 inches. It has been stripped and waxed with butcher's wax, then stripped again and left bare with painted legs and most recently, I finally succumbed to that once trendy style of using chalk paint ( at least I made my own chalk paint) and then distressed it in a very manipulative way. Here's a question for you. Do you think I will have any way out of this latest 'a little too late, my dear' style change? I'm wondering if I should even attempt what you've done, which I love, with my old friend. Maybe just let me know what you think. Perhaps I should be afraid to ask?
laurenlocally November 2, 2015
I am still so-so on the color we chose for our kitchen, but so-so does not a repaint make when we have huge, angled, tall ceilings!
ChefJune November 2, 2015
Wow, I'm impressed, Sarah. I love the new warm finish. But for the record, you could have avoided all the soaking of steel wool in vinegar by using boiled linseed oil. I did a table with that stuff once upon a time, and it came out looking quite a bit like yours.
Sarah J. November 2, 2015
Wow, such a cool tip!! I need to get some more wood so I can try it myself.
AntoniaJames November 2, 2015
That is impressive! I grew up the daughter of a master furniture refinisher (the ultimate do-it-yourself genius who could transform to take your breath away any ancient decrepit antique made of wood) and this is up there with some of his best work. Wow. Great piece. ;o)
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