Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Stain Over Red Paint: Vintage Side Table Makeover

This vintage side table was another one of those pieces of furniture that we've always had. We used this table as a nightstand in our bedroom of our first house for several years.

When we moved into our current house, it sat in the garage for quite some time. The Mr. took a palm sander to it one day, but I wasn't ready for it at that time, and so it sat for 2 years.

Yesterday I decided it was time for the long overdue facelift.

Here is what it looked like before:

1) As I said, the Mr. sanded the table with a palm sander beforehand, but a couple spots were still shiny, so I sanded those spots by hand with fine grit sand paper.

2) I wiped down the entire table and allowed it to dry completely so that the surface was ready to accept paint. This is also when I removed the hardware from the drawer and took the drawer out of the table.

3) On cardboard and a tarp in the basement with windows open and a mask on, I began spraying the table. I used Rust-O-Leum Gloss Protective Enamel in a shade of red that I liked. I sprayed in short swipes about 10 inches away. You don't want to spray too closely or heavily because there will be drips.

Here's what the table looked like fully painted red. Bright!
4) Once the table was fully painted, I allowed it to dry and then began applying stain to give the red a deeper color with dimension. I used Minwax Gel Stain in Hickory.

Stain over paint gives an antiqued appearance and adds dark shadowing, which I find absolutely stunning over red paint. If there are grooves or cut-outs in the wood, apply the stain liberally in those areas and them wipe. This will make the grooves and cut-outs darker in appearance and really stand out.

I applied the stain wearing a glove and wiping on a light coat. I applied a thicker coat over corners and edges. If you really want dark edges and corners, sand them down to the wood before applying the stain.
Applying the stain heavily in the grooved lines that are on the top and sides of the table
Wipe up excess and blend
Stain over the edges and corners
5) After the table and drawer are completely dry, put the hardware back on and place the drawer back in the table.

The stain over the paint took this table from bright toolbox red to a deeper brick red with dimension. I love the way it turned out!

Until next time...create away!


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  3. You brought this piece of furniture back to life! I love the red-stain look and did a similar project on our bookshelf.