Hello dear friends and welcome back! Today I’m sharing how to paint nicotine stained furniture. Furniture that has lived in close proximity to heavy smoking can accumulate a yellow stain which can bleed through paint, but I’m sharing how to tackle it!
My subject is this antique trestle table I picked up at an estate sale a few months back:
Isn’t she a beauty?? It was marked $50, and I offered $40 and they accepted. Woohoo! It was totally worth that.
While this is a beautiful table, it had its issues! It lived in close quarters with a heavy smoker for many years. That meant that not only was it stinky, it was nicotine stained as well, and I needed to remedy both issues!
I knew I wanted go light with this one to highlight all those pretty details, so taking care of the staining was a must.
A Good Cleaning
The first step, of course, was to give this table a good cleaning. I wanted to remove as much of the nicotine as possible. I did that with White Lightning. White Lightning is one tough cleaner, but it is also a deglosser, so don’t forget the gloves!
Just look at that water!
Ew. I cleaned the easier-to clean parts more thoroughly than the rest, and you’ll see what that resulted in in a minute.
Once I had wiped it down completely, I filled my tub with clean water and gave it another good once over to rinse.
How to Combat the Nicotine Stain
The secret to preventing any remaining stain from bleeding through the paint is BOSS. BOSS stands for Blocks Odors. Stops Stains. It works amazingly well on odors and stains, including the tannins that cause bleed-through.
I gave the table one coat of BOSS in white:
I let that sit overnight as proper dry time is essential for success!
Clearly I cleaned some parts better than others as you can see:
The bottom part is nice and white compared to how yellow the apron and legs are. I did a better job cleaning the bottom part, but not to worry! BOSS totally took care of that for me!
Sealing in the Stink
Painting and sealing will take care of the odor, but I wasn’t planning to paint the underside of the top. Just that area got one coat of BOSS in clear. It dries completely clear.
Ready for Paint
I gave the rest of the table two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff:
It’s been a while since I used Fluff and I thought it would be perfect for this piece!
Highlighting those details
This table makeover didn’t need anything fancy. All those gorgeous curves came to life with just a simple paint job!
I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper and hit the details a bit harder to really highlight them…
Sealing with Gator Hide
Gator Hide is Dixie Belle’s toughest topcoat. I chose to seal this table with it since it may likely be used as an entry table and might get quite a bit of use. I used the blue sponge applicator to apply the Gator Hide:
You can see a video on how I apply sealer with a sponge in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Here’s what the right prep and a simple paint job did for this beautiful table:
Such a classic beauty!
Many of those details were lost in the dark wood, but paint and simple distressing really brought them to life!
This is such a versatile table. It could be used in any entryway, as a sofa table, or even as a small desk or vanity. I quite like it here as a side table also!
I have one very similar in my office that I used to stage photos sometimes, and I just love it:
But this one has prettier details than mine, I think…
I can’t wait to load this pretty lady into my shop!
One step closer to finishing this huge haul!
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I’ll be back with my Trash to Treasure girls on Tuesday to share what I did with this $5 mirror:
Update: See what I did with this mirror now here!!
I hope y’all have a fantastic weekend!!
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