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How To Restore Old Wood Accent Table

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Do not give up on your old wood accent table just yet. You may have just stumbled upon a better way to deal with your old furniture.

There is always a way to restore old things such as furniture, you just have to find it. In this case, the way to restoration is given to you through step by step instructions.

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Accent Table

With a few materials and a “go get em” attitude, you will have what looks like a brand new accent table. And the steps to getting there are just as easy as I am making it sound.

You can take a small trip to a store to purchase the materials that are needed for this craft. Once you have them collected, you will be ready to start.

Just take your time with each step if you want to get the best results possible. It can be pretty hard to be patient sometimes but it is necessary to get the product you are looking for.

restored old wood table

If you have recently moved into a new home and do not currently have an accent table, you do not have to buy a brand new one. You can buy one that is used.

Once you buy a used one, you can restore it and give it a whole new life. Now you have saved money and also made your own furniture for your house, something to be proud of.

Any guest that you have in your home will have no idea that the accent table was once ready for the dumpster. You can surprise them with that little fact once they see it.

sanded and painted table

Restoring your accent table will be a fun project for you to take on. You’ll be surprised by how new and different it will look in the end!

If you are interested in more home decor that you can make yourself, take a look at the Restored End Table and DIY Wax Melts!

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How To Restore Old Wood Accent Table

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25

If you have recently moved into a new home and do not currently have an accent table, you do not have to buy a brand new one. You can buy one that is used. 

Materials

  • 20 grit sand paper or sanding block
  • Fine Paint Brush
  • Natural Bristle Chalkpaint Brush
  • Natural Bristle Flat Paint Brush (Purdy)
  • Two Lint Free Cloths
  • Misting Spray Bottle
  • Tap Water
  • Drop Cloth
  • Paper plate
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Top Coat (Matte Clear Spray)
  • Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue Chalk Paint
  • Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax
  • Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet

Instructions

  1. Place furniture in a clean workspace. If working in a garage be sure to sweep or blow all dirt and debris out of the area you will be working in.  Lay a drop cloth down to ensure the paint does not drip and ruin your flooring.
  2. Take one lint-free cloth and dampen with mineral spirits.  Clean the entire piece of furniture with the spirits to remove any and all debris or oils that may be on the surface.  Be sure to wipe down anywhere you will be painting, including the inside of drawers and/or doors.  It is advised to wear a mask or be sure you are in a well-ventilated area.
  3. Sand the entire piece using 220 grit sandpaper.  If you have an orbital sander you can use this for the top of your piece and any larger areas to save you time and energy.  If not, no worries sanding blocks, and regular sandpaper will do just fine.  Be sure to rough up the existing finish to expose the natural wood grain.  Smooth out any imperfections and ensure your piece is smooth to the touch.  Be careful around any small details.  Sanding is all about the pressure you apply.  Heavy pressure in areas that have thick existing finish, light pressure on corners, and areas with detail you do not want to disturb.
  4. Take another lint-free cloth and remove all dust particles from the sanding process.  Take your time, you do not want any lingering particles that will live under your paint.  If you have an air compressor gun you will be done in no time.  Don’t miss the corners and crevices!
  5. Shake your Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue for 30 seconds.  
  6. Pour Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue on to a paper plate.  A little goes a long way.  Best to add more to your plate as you go to ensure you do not waste it.
  7. Using your Natural Bristle Chalk Paint Brush, coat the bottom of your brush and start painting the top of your piece.  Be sure to work the paint in the same direction as the wood grain.  Working from top to bottom will help minimize drips.  Coat the entire piece with the exception of the feet, leave those as the natural wood finish for now.  Be sure to open any drawers and paint all that you would like to be blue to the eye. Don’t worry if the paint looks streaky it will all flatten out.
  8. Let dry for 30 minutes.
  9. Flip piece and paint the underneath with Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue.  Be sure to focus on any edges, drawers, or areas that might be visible to ensure full coverage.
  10. Let dry for 30 minutes.
  11. Flip piece to have top of piece parallel with the ceiling.
  12. Apply a second coat of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue to the entire piece of furniture.  Work in the same direction as the wood grain.  Don’t worry about the underneath, no need to flip.
  13. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  14. If necessary, using 220 grit sandpaper lightly sand any areas of paint drips or build up.  This would be the time to check for any bristles from your brush or dust that was trapped in your paint.  Light sanding will remove and give you a smooth surface.
  15. Using your lint-free dusting cloth remove all dust and debris.
  16. Using your natural bristle flat paintbrush and Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet apply a thin coat to the entire piece.  With the Moonshine Paint, less is more. You can dip your brush right into the paint container.  Remember to apply a thin coat. You don’t want to glob on a lot of paint on to your brush, only a workable amount.  Work the brush back and forth, without overlapping the paint, smooth even strokes. Work small sections at a time, complete and move on to the next section. Work quickly.  If your paint starts to dry before you're satisfied in that area, lightly mist the paint with your misting spray bottle and rework the section.  Water reactivates to the paint.
  17. Only one coat of Dixie Belle Moonshine Silver Bullet is necessary on top of your base coat of Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue for an opaque finish.  Don’t worry if you see brush strokes, as long as you didn’t drag the paint everything will flatten out once dry.
  18. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  19. Using your Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax dip your dominant index finger into the tin.  Apply Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding wax to any detail areas that you want to stand out.  Any hardware or detail that you would like highlighted simply finger wax the area.  A little bit goes a long way.  If you would like the tone of the Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding wax deeper you can reapply in 10 minutes.
  20. Using your fine natural bristle paintbrush and Dixie Belle Bunker Hill Blue Chalk paint finish the feet of the piece.  Leaving these areas solid will give a unique finished look.
  21. Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
  22. Using your Rust-Oleum Chalked Protective Top Coat (Matte Clear Spray) spray all the areas you gilded with the Dixie Belle Bronze Gilding Wax. Holding the spray can approximately 8 inches away coat the gilded details.  This will seal the area to ensure additional protection.
  23. Full Cure time is 30 days.  (You can gently use your furniture after the first 48 hours) Be sure not to clean or drag anything across your beautiful creation before your 30 days are up.
  24. Clean all chalk paint brushes and painting brushes immediately after use with water.  If buildup occurs you can gently clean with mineral spirits.
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