It all started with this Ikea table that I wanted to stain. It wasn’t horrible, but I wanted to update it and give it a fresh look. I decided that staining it would be the best way to go. It would freshen the dining room table without changing its look completely.
I had great success painting the chairs and base of the table white, and my plan was to give the top a darker finish with stain.
That dream quickly became a DIY nightmare, and I wrote all about that mishap here.
After a total of six hours of sanding, I was able to get the table down to its original bare birch wood. I then stopped my project for a little while to figure out what to do next. I even asked for suggestions on Facebook, and they were great. Most people said paint the top a color. I couldn’t get Yankee on board with that, so I decided to stain it again, and if that didn’t work, I was getting out the paint.
The first thing I did differently this time around was use three coats of the Minwax Pre-Stain. This is to help eliminate streaking, and since it was birch wood, which is tough to work with anyway, it needed more than one coat. Also, I decided to practice on the back of the table leaf. I sanded it down and loaded up the pre-stain, and then I applied different stains that we thought might work. I really wanted a dark stain, but as you can tell, it wasn’t going to work again. We opted for the one with a little bit of color on the bottom of the picture.
I only applied one coat of stain because I was happy with the color and not having streaks. The next step was to apply polyurethane. I applied three light coats and sanded between each coat.
The poly is really protecting the wood, and I do not get nervous if cups are used without coasters. This table will hold up to the “elements.”
I am so glad I was able to tell you this success story because it was touch and go at one point. I was shopping on line for a new dining room table.
Here is a fun side by side of the before, and finally, the after.
I am really happy with the end result, and even though there were some bumps in the road, this table works great for us, and now I am happy with how it looks.
Have you ever had a DIY project go wrong that you were able to turn around?
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