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Staining Kitchen Table

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Staining Kitchen Table

After you have stained and let the table dry for the correct amount of time, clear coating the table is the next step. Just like staining, this process will only take around twenty minutes, but must dry for at least six hours in between coats. Before the next coat is applied, you will need to gently sand the top of the table with the 150 grit paper. You are not trying to sand off the entire clear coat. You are just trying to sand out the bubbles that might have occurred during the process of clear coating. The more coats you have applied the smoother the table becomes. I have clear coated this table three times to get what is called a bar top finish. This means that the table is very slick, and you could slide things across it without them spilling over, due to the thickness of the clear coat. As well the more coats you apply will give you a better protection on the table so the stain is not ruined. You will want to use the horse hair brush to apply the clear coat. Once you finish with each coat, cleaning the brush needs to be done by either throwing it away and buying another, or allowing it to soak in paint thinner. After you are happy with the amount of clear coat on the table and without needing to sand any spots out, it will need to cure up to 2 days before being used.Warning: Make sure proper eye wear is worn during this step, and you are in a well ventilated building.
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Staining Kitchen Table

A DIYer can save money by staining unfinished furniture. But staining is scary because it is permanent – and the DIYer does have to be careful. There are also a lot of products to use, including oil-based and water-based stains and wood conditioners, which can get confusing. Here are some ways to avoid common staining difficulties.
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Staining Kitchen Table

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Staining Kitchen Table

How to Clean Wood Furniture Say goodbye to water stains, ink marks and polish buildup on your wood furniture by following these simple cleaning tips and tricks. How to Tell If Wood Furniture Is Worth Refinishing Is that flea market find worth your time and elbow grease? Our expert helps you decide. How to Remove Stains From Walls and Wallpaper Check out these expert tips for removing smudges, smears and fingerprints from your walls. Sanding and Preparing Wood Before Staining A little basic knowledge of sanding and preparing wood before staining will help a staining project go faster and easier. How to Transform Furniture With Creative Paint Applications 14 Photos Laundry Care: How to Remove Tough Stains Learn the six secrets to getting rid of stains caused by wine, coffee, makeup and more. How to Clean Hardwood Floors Learn how to care for hardwood floors by using these natural cleaners and following these simple tips. How to Prep Weathered Wood for Painting With proper prep work, even damaged and weathered wood can be given new life with a fresh coat of paint. All About the Types of Paint and Finish Learn what types of paints and finishes can be used on a variety of different surfaces. How to Turn Old Furniture Into New Pet Beds 6 Photos
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Staining Kitchen Table

The project is now ready for staining. You may use one of the foam brushes that you have purchased for applying the stain. Though what I have discovered works the best is just cutting up an old t-shirt and using a 6×6 square of it. When you start to stain the table, you will want to put an even coat across the entire table this coat may be thick. Since in about ten minutes you will come back with a clean piece of cloth, and wipe off any extra stain that remains. The actual staining will only take around 20 minutes per time, but will need to set for an hour before next coat is applied. When desired color is obtained the table will need to dry for at least 8 hours.Warning: Make sure proper eye wear is worn during this step, and you are in a well ventilated building.
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Staining Kitchen Table

Hi Kate! I know this is an old post, but I’m restaining a beautiful cherry dining table I bought on Craigslist for $75. I thought about painting it, but like you, I love how a dark wood table grounds a room. I also love the look of painted chairs with a wood table. I’m staining our table red mahogany to match another table we have in our living room. Anyway, you always have such informative posts, I knew I’d get some good tips from you when your post came up in my google search. Thanks for the information and helpful tips! Your table looks great!!! Loribeth
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Staining Kitchen Table

Step 1: Prepare the Project Believe it or not, this project starts out brand new! I wanted the top to be super flat, so a plate would rest on top without rocking. So I spent quite a bit of time sanding the top with a random orbital sander, in the direction of the wood grain, using medium grit sandpaper. You have to be super careful because it will leave scars if you go against the grain.  I followed the power sanding with quite a bit of sanding in the direction of the wood grain with a hand sanding block, starting with medium grit to match the sandpaper in the orbital sander, and then working my way down to fine. Sanding dust is the enemy, so I brushed the project off with a soft bristled brush, then vacuumed the entire area. And then I followed up with a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth.  The table is now ready for staining!
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Staining Kitchen Table

Prepare the Project Believe it or not, this project starts out brand new! I wanted the top to be super flat, so a plate would rest on top without rocking. So I spent quite a bit of time sanding the top with a random orbital sander, in the direction of the wood grain, using medium grit sandpaper. You have to be super careful because it will leave scars if you go against the grain.  I followed the power sanding with quite a bit of sanding in the direction of the wood grain with a hand sanding block, starting with medium grit to match the sandpaper in the orbital sander, and then working my way down to fine. Sanding dust is the enemy, so I brushed the project off with a soft bristled brush, then vacuumed the entire area. And then I followed up with a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth.  The table is now ready for staining!
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Author Notes: I made a big ole mistake about a year ago.  When I built this space saving and super functional dining table, white was the answer for us. I reasoned white would make the space appear larger and brighter. And it did. I love the white. But here’s the big problem. I’ve never had a white tabletop before. I’ve always had wood tabletops. Have you had a white tabletop? Maybe you are a better housekeeper than me. Because that white tabletop shows the tiniest mess. The most miniscule crumbs from the kid’s snacks, even the teeniest speck of pepper becomes a very visible eyesore against the white tabletop. Now that I have a white tabletop, I know first-hand how forgiving a wood grain is. It’s like having a wood floor versus a white floor – you’ll be a slave to a white floor, panicking over a speck of dirt, chasing guests around with a broom and dustpan.  But a wood floor?  Much more forgiving. So when my sister, a very busy mother of three, asked me to make a table for her, I insisted on a wood tabletop. Not that she’s messy – she’s certainly not – but I’m a big fan of making things as easy as possible when it comes to housework. So wood it is, but we also wanted to make sure that the wood tabletop stands up to years of use and is beautiful. The end results of this finish are amazing. Everyone who comes over, comments on how beautiful this table is. And I know with the finish we put on it, this table will be beautiful and durable for many years to come! For this post, I partnered up with the awesome folks over at Minwax to create a finish that is beautiful, durable and easy for you to replicate at home for your own family.  Thanks Minwax for bringing us this finishing tutorial!  

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