I just finished this cute little dining set. I fell in love with it at first sight, although it was an orange tone stained wood, I knew a little paint would make it just darling! Look at the table base. It matches the shape of the three chairs.
Isn’t that a sweet style?
The chairs and bench are painted white with one grey (Rope by Valspar) stripe down the middle wood slat.
Usually I like a stained table top but I didn’t love the wood grain in this particular piece. It was a perfect opportunity to paint a checker board pattern on. (you can see how to do a checker pattern HERE)
Table tops need a tough surface to withstand cleaning over time. I used Bin primer after a complete sanding of the surfaces and used a semi-gloss paint (spray and brush). I actually used polyurethane wipe on in gloss to seal the finish. I worried that it would yellow but after I tested a spot I knew it was safe. However, a little yellowing would be OK since the white is so bright.
The edges were distressed by using a mouse hand sander with 120 grit then a 220 grit paper. The top was sanded with a 120, 220, and then a 600 grit paper by hand for better control. The wood that shows through the paint is stained in dark walnut by Minwax then rubbed & blended around with the wipe on poly while the stain was still wet.
I love a checker table top. Can you picture this in a charming beach cottage?
I have enjoyed refinishing dining sets lately. I wish I had taken a before picture so you could see the transformation. It’s a lot of work but certainly worth it.