October 31, 2018

Steel Gray Oak Table Makeover

Happy Halloween! Zack and I have been bouncing between San Fran and Fresno for our last month before Italy. We had Zack's first book reading for Harvest Moon and it was such a blast! Now we fly to Florida this weekend and we will be there a week before blasting off for a year in Italy Nov 8th! 

These old oak pedestal tables are a timeless shape with classic appeal. They're also often real wood and refinish beautifully. 

Here's your typical before.


If you're a video person, you can watch the one above. The only thing missing is the final step- I'm so sorry but I didn't have time to record it. Just scroll down to step 4 when the video is over.

Here's how you can get the look:

1.] WOOD: Make sure you begin with sanded white oak. 80 grit sandpaper will do the best job.

2.] STAIN: Use a wide paint brush to apply Weatherwood's Reclamation stain. The stain is reactive, so apply a heavy coat and allow the wood to absorb it. As the wood dries, it will turn colors.

Once the wood is dry it will be dark, but with a blue undertone. At this point you can seal the wood with a clear coat. But most people want to reduce that blue tone. You can do this with a toner.

3.] TONERS: You can lighten the look with White Maintenance Oil- check out the video above. Just brush or wipe on, allow to set 5-10 minutes and wipe back. Allow to dry 48 hours.

4.] PROTECT: Seal with 2-3 coats of Weatherwood Varnish to protect table  from sticky fingers!

Isn't that a pretty look? 

Your other option would have been to use Clear Maintenance Oil like this Nautical Table Makeover to warm and brown the oak. You can see below that's also super gorgeous!

Which did you prefer? The steely blue color from the White Oil or the warm gray brown with the Clear?

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