We bought the oak table on Ebay years ago for only 30 €, but I hadn't painted it yet, because of those first years with babies and toddlers. And I was so right! Look at that table top: stains from spilled formula I couldn't remove, milk and chocolate milk, crayon marks, ... a big mess.
1. I removed the wax with a wax remover (in a well ventilated room!)
2. I sanded the top. It wasn't necessary to sand the legs, because I wanted to paint the legs in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP). This paint adheres to most surfaces, even if not sanded.
3. I stained the top.
4. I painted everything else in two coats of ASCP 'Old White'.
5. I applied a furniture wax on the ASCP. While rubbing in the wax, I accidently removed a coat of paint, but it gave the table a distressed look. I didn't distress with sanding paper. My kids use this table every day, so they'll distress it in no time :-).
6. I applied two layers of a clear matte varnish on the table top.
The result I achieved is just what I had in mind. It looks like we bought a new coffee table.
I'm linking this post to Southern Hospitality Blog, My Repurposed Life and Miss Mustard Seed.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day! Enjoy the rest of the week!