Here are the materials we used to refinish the table:
6 cans of Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss Black Spray Paint (for 4 chairs, 2 coats each, plus touch-ups)
Polyshade Stain & Polyurethane
Fine steel wool
Oil/Stain paint brushes
Blue painters tape
- Check the weather forecast for the next two days, if doing project outside!
- Clean all the chairs and table, to remove food, dirt, and God knows what else.
- Take the chairs outside and spray with a light coat of paint. Let dry completely.
- Apply a second thorough coat to chairs. Dry completely again.
- May have to apply third coat, depending on chair.
- *We did not strip the original chairs down. We sprayed over the existing.
- Take table outside, and sand down top (or use paint stripper), until all existing coat is gone.
- *Please note: If you leave any existing varnish or stain, and try to stain over it, it will not evenly coat, cause uneven coloring.
- After completely sanded and smooth, wipe down with damp cloth. Let dry.
- If only staining a certain part of the table, then apply blue painters tape the the other areas. (For example: I painted the rim under my table top, a black, to match the chairs.)
- Apply one even coat of stain, following directions on can. Do even strokes, and don't try to "touch up" areas, as you stain. It will dry darker than the rest! Let dry completely.
- Gently rub fine steel wool over the stain. This removes the fine bumps and gives an even smooth feels. Wipe down with damp cloth. Let dry.
- Apply additional coats, until desired color is reached. Repeat above steps.
- End by rubbing steel wool over the stain and a final wipe down with a damp cloth.