Did you know white stain was even a thing? Beautiful friends, today I am sharing how we updated my sister’s kitchen set with paint and yep, white stain! It’s also Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday (my favorite!!) so be on the lookout for more awesome trashy makeovers at the bottom of this post from my friends!
Here is what her eat-in area in her kitchen looked like before:
I wish we had a picture of the true before. My sister actually painted all of the trim in here the week prior to painting her kitchen!
If you missed the BIG REVEAL of her very 80’s kitchen update, you can see that HERE. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
When I told you we were going to update this set, I wasn’t completely honest. I just didn’t love her very boxy, masculine table. The day I came to help her with her island, we took a break to go get lunch and across the street was a Habitat for Humanity Restore. I convinced her to stop in and see if there were any tables she might like that we could refinish and we were in luck!
They had this Ethan Allen beauty for only $69:
I don’t think she was totally convinced, but I also think she just wanted to finish the island first before taking on another project, so we left the table behind.
Fast forward to a week later, and she decided to stop back in the Restore and luckily, the table was still there! That time she didn’t leave without it!
I’ll show the after and then I’ll share how we did it!
First, here is what her eat-in area looks like now:
Did I mention that I might have been even more excited about this set than the actual kitchen makeover??
It looks SO good!!
These are her old chairs and they compliment the new table perfectly!
Okay so here is the magic sauce, Dixie Belle’s VooDoo gel Stain in White Magic:
I’ve had this sitting in my supply cabinet since it first came out last year, but I had yet to try it on anything. Then I saw this gorgeous stool that my dear friend and fellow Furniture Fixer Upper pal, Denise from Salvaged Inspirations, redid a couple of months ago using the same stain. I knew this would be a great solution for the border all around my sister’s kitchen island:
We loved it so much that we knew that was what we wanted to use on the table and chairs as well!
Sand the Table
I showed up after all the heavy sanding was done…how convenient ha ha!
Condition the Table
I gave the top a good coat of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner:
This helps the wood to accept the stain more evenly.
Stain the Table
Then I applied Dixie Belle’s VooDoo Gel Stain with a soft clean cloth, going with the grain of the wood:
I had to be a bit more liberal in applying this stain compared to when I use the Up in Smoke Color. It dries super fast, so I followed up with another coat after about 15 minutes.
Seal the Table
I gave it two coats.
You can see how I apply sealer with a sponge in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
Paint the Base of the Table
This was her first chalk-painting project and I’d say she did a fantastic job!!
For the chairs, I returned last week with my HomeRight sprayer to knock the job out quickly!
Here is a closer look at what they looked like before:
I was not a fan of these chairs at all!
We started by sanding all of the seats since we intended to stain those as well…
Then my sister realized that we could remove them so that’s what we did.
She got to work staining the seats in the same way we tackled the table, while I got started on spraying the chairs.
Spraying the Chairs
I always paint chairs with them faced down first until all coats of paint have been applied. I gave these two coats.
The sprayer gives pretty great coverage in two coats. Then I flipped them upright and sprayed the rest:
Spraying furniture is so much quicker! I used to use my sprayer more often at our old house, but it’s so windy at our new house that I don’t use it very often now. My sister doesn’t get a ton of wind in her back yard, so it worked perfectly! Plus, there is no other way I’d rather tackle painting all those chairs!
Because the sprayer is technically spitting the paint out, it can leave the surface not completely smooth to the touch. But because I use chalk paint, all my pieces get sanded from head to toe to smooth them out anyway, I still end up with a super smooth surface. I have never tried using regular enamel paint in the sprayer before. I was happy that the Dixie Belle Paint worked so well in the sprayer even without being watered down. Chalk paint dries very quickly though, so you don’t want to leave your sprayer sitting idle for too long. This tool makes cleaning your sprayer much easier!
I left my sister to finish the chairs on her own. After sanding, she sealed them with Gator Hide as well.
I can’t get over how amazing the chairs turned out!
Remember, I wasn’t a huge fan before. We keep saying that she never could have found a set that she liked better if she were trying to buy new!
What a great investment that table was for only $69!
And I had fun buying a few things to pretty it up even more!
I found the placemats and florals at HomeGoods. The placemats were too big, but because they were plastic, we were able to make them fit by cutting a couple of inches off of each one. (Also voila! Napkin rings ha ha!)
The pedestal base on this table was what sold me!
I can just image how pretty it will be when she gets her new floors!
I promised I would share how we did the island today as well. We did it the exact same way!
My sister sanded it:
I told her she should be wearing a mask! Always wear a mask when sanding.
Then I applied Dixie Belle’s White Magic VooDoo gel stain to the wood areas with a soft cloth:
Here is one more project my sister took on herself, their knife block:
Now it matches the rest of the kitchen! (I redid my own knife block too HERE!)
And that is the third and final installment of my sister’s very 1980’s kitchen update!
If missed the first two, you can catch up here:
Don’t forget my Trash-to-Treasure girls are sharing makeovers of their own today!
Lauren has decided to take a step back for now. She will truly be missed!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my brand new haul, and I’ll be sharing what I brought home from my day of thrifting that I shared HERE!
UPDATE! No need to come back! See what came home with me HERE now! 🙂
See ya then!
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