While the IKEA set in our dining room has served me well for many years, it just didn't fit the style of our house and I was totally over the light birch finish.
The top of this table has an awesome wood grain pattern, that I couldn't possibly cover with paint.
So, I chose to do a stain/paint combo with a dark stained top and white painted pedestal and apron. I'm hoping it will turn out like Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife's table!
Don't you love this? And of course I will be painting some awesome chairs (not the ones that came with this table!) to match the white base...but that is a story for another day because it includes sort of a rant and I just don't have time at 11pm, ok?? Oh yeah, this table does have one leaf that makes it comfortable for about 6 or 7 people.
So, I started sanding that first in case I messed up. Never know, right? I could always just say I lost it and no one would know. Except they would know that I'm an idiot that loses huge parts of tables. That's better than being a bad sander, though.
You know I was thinking about this post from Kasey while I was doing this! Luckily this table is hard oak and I didn't have to worry too much about swirl marks and uneven sanding. At least I hope so! I started with 60 grit and then did a round with 150. I'm still not sure whether I will do 220 or call it good. The non-leaf parts of the table were much harder to sand....but after a few hour-long sanding sessions, I had a message for the table.
Let's hope I'm still the winner when I start the staining process!