November 4, 2015

Trash to Treasure Table Makeover

This week we are working in San Francisco. We worked a small trade show in San Jose a week ago and then in Bakersfield last week. It's been so awesome to be able to share 
Here's the less than impressive "Before" photo. It's shocking what a little paint & stain can do, isn't it? You would never know by looking at the "after" that the "set," was never actually a set at all. Just a few odds and end pieces.



This is why all of us DIYers are out there scouring street corners for throw away pieces. I mean can you believe this? It looks like a million bucks. Let's get into how Lindsay created this look.


  • Sander
  • Sand Paper - 80 grit
  • Furniture Wax
  • Weatherwood Stain's Reclamation stain
  • Paint Sprayer
  • Paint


1] Strip the Stain. When working with Weatherwood stains you need to use raw wood. That means you'll need to sand or strip the piece. When it's a flat surface, I think it's easiest to just sand the the wood. Even when you use stripper, you'll often end of sanding too so if it's not a decorative piece I usually just sand it. Stat with a low grit sand paper, like 80 grit.

Isn't that raw wood grain pretty? one of the best things about Weatherwood is the grain will still be visible after staining, in fact the grain will be more beautiful. 

2] Apply Weatherwood to the raw wood using a brush/sprayer/or roller. You simply drench the wood and allow the stain to dry. As it dries, the wood oxidizes into the aged, weathered looking wood. You can see the beautiful weathered wood. You can use any topcoat you like to the stained wood, for example furniture wax or Weatherwood topcoats.

3] Next, let's paint that table & chairs. Lindsay was super smart to use a paint sprayer to handle the table and chairs. That is, hands down, the best method for chairs. If you can spray paint, you can use a paint sprayer. it's the same method. I think the chairs look really cute white. 

4.] Distress and Seal the Table. You'll have to stop by Lindsay' blog to learn about how she distressed the details of the table. I think this touch adds the perfect vintage feel to match the weathered look of the table. It's proof that you can spray paint on a table, but maintain the vintage feel that hand painting offers.

5.] Recover the Chairs. While you're over at Lindsay's blog make sure to check out where she got this cute fabric to recover the chairs. Recovering chairs is a simple task, that instantly updates the look. 

I love the overall transformation. Especially when you consider how this whole table began. It's really incredible! Make sure to follow Lindsay on social to see more of her gorgeous work. 
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  1. Thank you so much for sharing! I am in love with Reclamation and this was one of my favorite projects to date!!!

    1. Lindsay! You are such a sweet heart! Thank you so much for trying my wood stain and for sharing your experience! You're such a talented blogger and and a wonderful friend! xoxo


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