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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love neutral, bright, and airy spaces. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find inspiration for your next project.

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Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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Dining Table Re-Makeover

I finally did it! I have been talking about it long enough. I refinished my dining room table. Wow! I am glad it is over. I know you remember this table from my last makeover post. It has been through a lot of makeovers through the years. The table was due for another refinish. I decided to leave the table apron and legs white. I just tackled refinishing the top. I wanted a light neutral wood color, almost a driftwood color. I taped off the apron and got to work.

 

I thought I was going to just sand it down and put on a new stain. Well, I started sanding with 100 grit sandpaper. I quickly realized I would be sanding for days before I got anywhere. I was thinking the table was so old and the finish was already peeling off, that the sanding would take it right off. I was wrong, so wrong. I decided to try Citristrip. I put a thick coat on and let it sit for an hour and a half. I came back to scrape it off and the table was still really cherry looking. It was not taking off all the stain. I did another coat of Citristrip and that still did not take it all off. I was in my Mother-in-Law’s shed. I looked around and found some very old paint stripper. It was almost gone but I got what I could on a small section of the table. Sure enough, I could finally start to see some raw wood. WOO HOO! I went to the store and grabbed another can of Klean Strip Premium Stripper and put on a thick coat. I scrapped it off to find the raw wood. I then took 150 grit sandpaper and gave it a good sanding. I was little sad to realize that the raw wood still had a lot of red in it. I wiped it all down with Mineral Spirits and let that dry. I then put on my wood conditioner and let that dry.

This is the small spot I started sanding. Don’t mind my makeshift stand from some old 80’s end table bases I found in the shed.

Here it is with the Citristrip drying before I scraped it off.

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Finally, raw wood after my two coats of Klean Strip.

Next came the stain. I thought I would use my typical “Early American” by Minwax. I was worried about it bringing out, even more, red tones. I decided to cut it with Minwax “Golden Oak”. It did break down some of the redwood in the table but not completely. I wiped it on with a foam brush and let it dry. I then wiped on some shellac so that the liming wax would adhere better. After the shellac dried I took a large metal putty knife and worked the liming wax into the wood going the direction of the wood grain. I then took #0000 steel wool and buffed it out (in the direction of the woodgrain) until I liked the look of the liming wax. I then decided to seal it all in with Citrus Shield Premium Paste Wax in “neutral”. I love how it turned out. I am thinking I might attempt to do the apron and legs of the table too now.

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Now for the finished product all sealed in with my paste wax. I haven’t decorated or decided what I want to put in the middle of the table yet. I could not get a good full shot of the table either. Our house is a big construction site/ moving site right now. We have a lot of projects going on over here and have not even finished unpacking yet. There is brown paper down all over the floors, so this is the best I could do. I will share more pictures as soon as some of our projects are done.

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Kate

Hi there, I’m Kate. Welcome to White Lane Decor. Thanks for stopping by. I love neutral, bright, and airy spaces. I’m always looking for new ways to turn our house into a home. Have a look around and find inspiration for your next project.

Disclosure

Some of my blog posts, ads, and banners contain "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate compensation. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and truly feel you will enjoy too! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” White Lane Decor is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

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