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The two tables that I re-stained are now totally done (and dried) and back in place! As promised, here is an update.
With the smaller table, I took off the light gray stain, re-stained it darker brown and painted the base of it gray. (Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Country Gray). Here’s the before and after:
The gray on the bottom is pretty subtle, but adds a little different look to it.
Stephen also routed the edges of the table, which gave added some nice detailing to the table! I’ll be doing a blog on routing edges in the future. It’s amazing what a difference it makes!
For reference, this was what the table edge looked like before:
Onto the coffee table! We re-stained the top as well, and I re-painted the bottom white (Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White). I was going to go with gray like I did with the other table, but I kind of liked the contrast. Since this table used to be a dark cherry color, I’ve noticed that red splotches had come through the white paint. I seriously thought the kids had splattered koolaid on it at first, until I kept seeing the red marks (and realizing I never buy koolaid!). 😉
One more fresh coat of white paint seemed to do the trick… for now. It’ll be interesting to see if those spots pop back up! Also, before, I had sanded the edges to give it more of a rustic look. This time, I painted the base solid white.
Here is the before and after:
I definitely feel like the darker brown tops fit in better with the rest of our kitchen/living room. It flows better, that’s for sure! I also love how the wood grain stands out more with the brown. I’m definitely happy we decided to re-stain them.