Not all of my project end with great results, and that could not have been more evident on Friday. My project for the day was to make a new table top for this breakfast table, which originally had a cheap laminate top with a wood grain design on it.
My idea was to remove that top, and purchase a new table top at Lowe’s. Only one slight problem…the largest table top that Lowe’s carries is 36” in diameter, and I needed 42”.
It wasn’t a major ordeal. I just ended up making my own table top out of a 2” x 12” piece of lumber (instructions on that later). That part turned out fine. Here’s a picture of it before I did any sanding to smooth out the top and round the edges.
What didn’t turn out fine was the stained finish…
That table top doesn’t have any polyurethane on it, but I can already tell it’s just not going to work. It’s not how it looked in my head, and this table will be much too dark in John & Alice’s breakfast area, which already has horrible lighting.
And the heavy grain is really an issue for me. I’m not sure what I expected. After all, this is pine, and that’s just what pine does when you put stain on it.
So it was a bit of a disappointment after working all afternoon on this table. In my exhausted and frustrated state of mind on Friday, the only think I could think of was to keep adding stain to see if it would even out.
Clearly that wasn’t the solution.
So at about 7:00pm, I finally decided to pack away my tools for the day and give my mind and body some time to rest. And Saturday, I thought of the solution!
I realized I was going about this all wrong. I mean, if the room is too dark and the lighting is horrible, why am I painting and staining this table dark?! DUH!! And that’s when I remembered Layla’s gorgeous table transformation, which went from this…
Beautiful, right? That amazing pickled/whitewashed finish with a hint of grain showing through is just what my table needs! And she even gives the instructions for how she did this.
I’m on it!
Here’s hoping that my results will be equally as stunning!