I’m just going about my life, bein’ all nonchalant about changing diapers and folding laundry LIKE A BOSS… when out of nowhere, solid oak tables fall from the sky and land in my garage.
OooooKAY, I’m finding I can’t keep this lie up.
We totally bought this table off the local FB classified’s page for something like $40. And when there’s a beautiful blank-slate-of-a-table canvas in my garage, I can’t let it sit idle for long! Time to get that scurvy finish off and see that flawless woodgrain! (Stripping tutorial HERE… complete with inappropriate puns)
There were a couple minor veneer issues that needed to be addressed, and Cypress joined us to supervise and make sure we didn’t cut corners. Mostly I just wanted to include this pic below of my bouncing (literally) baby that just happened to also have the table in it. #priorities
Last thing? Sand that bad boy smoooooth! These children love sanding, and who am I to deny anyone sanding privileges? I love that these are power tools they can totally use at age 4. Pais is using my RYOBI orbital and Dell is using my Corner Cat.
I sketched out a flower with pencil, and then laid a transparency over it and traced with a Sharpie.
I tried out a new stain this time called Zar (oil-based, hence the respirator), and went with a more neutral palette of browns and wood tones. I think the bright colors of that Sunflower Art did me in for awhile. I needed something more organic this time.
I even went for a little bit of a choppy, rough-shaded style. It felt artsy and right. It’s fun how you can play around with stain and manipulate it to do just about whatever you want!
It’s SO AWESOME that this ‘Shading with Stain’ has become a thing, and generates so much excitement and engagement. I know I say this every time, but YOU SHOULD TRY IT! At least once a day, I get an email from someone that gave it a go and did a beautiful job. They almost always say that it’s easier than it looks, and is even addicting. In fact, just yesterday I got an email from a reader named Briana who has recently stained ALL THESE PIECES.
Check out my Beginner’s Tutorial HERE, which includes a step-by-step of the process, as well as a video tutorial. And click HERE to read all about how I came up with this technique! Below are all the previous stained pieces I’ve done. Feel free to click each image to be taken to that post!
Big fat THANKS to Rockler for partnering with me on this particular table transformation and sponsoring this post. All thoughts and words are my own, as usual!
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