DIY Furniture Refinishing | Farmhouse Kitchen Table

If you are looking to give your secondhand furniture a farmhouse feel with cozy neutrals and DIY distressing, you are in the right place! Our secondhand kitchen table has always been a little too yellow-y to fit in with the rest of our home. So, I decided to dive into a table refinishing project, and share my exact process with all of you! Here is a list of the materials used, so you can see what you are getting yourself into. ;)

Materials Used:

  • Sandpaper (Both 80 grit and 220 grit)

  • Tack Cloth (to wipe dust left from sanding)

  • Krud Kutter (degreaser)

  • Scotch Brite

  • Brushes (for stain, poly, paint, and wax application)

  • Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain (Color: Provincial)

  • Minwax Polycrylic Water-Based Polyurethane (Finish: Satin)

  • Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint (mixed to Smokey Taupe and Midnight Stroll, both from the Clark+Kensington palette)

  • Amy Howard at Home Clear Wax

  • Cotton Cloth (I used an old t-shirt)

With the table apart and in our garage, I sanded the tabletop and chair seats down to the bare wood with 80 grit sandpaper. When the first layer comes off, the wood will be dull, but keep sanding until the natural wood is revealed. (Scroll a bit to see what the layers look like as they are sanded down.) Both the old finish and prior stain need to be taken off for the new stain to soak in and display properly. After the old finish and stain was gone, I went over the tops again with 220 grit sandpaper to get back to a smooth surface.


To prep the painted portions of the table, I sprayed them down with a degreaser, scrubbed with a scouring pad, and then rinsed everything off to provide a clean surface for the paint to adhere to.


With the entire project cleaned and prepped, I started staining the tops. I used one coat of stain in the color, Provincial, for a rich, warm brown.


While the stain dried, I began painting the rest with the Amy Howard One Step Paint. I love this paint for many reasons. I can get it at my local Ace Hardware, so it’s super convenient. It doesn’t require sanding, so the prep work flies. It paints on smooth and is self-leveling (apply thin coats, because this quality can result in drips and runs!). And, it only requires 30 minutes of dry time, so with this product alone, I can have a project done in one afternoon. I applied two coats of the color, Smokey Taupe, for my base.


Thirty minutes later, I dry brushed the Midnight Stroll color in certain areas to create a distressed look. For a video of this process, check out the table’s highlight button on my Instagram profile!


To seal everything with a durable finish, I applied three coats of the satin poly on the stained portions, while sanding (220 grit) between coats. And, sealed the painted portions with the clear wax that comes from the same line of Amy Howard paint. The wax simply brushes on, sets an hour, and can then be buffed off with an old t-shirt. This process gets the furniture back to a smooth finish with a subtle, natural sheen.


Here is a before and after of the transformation!





If you want to see MORE of our kitchen, tap the button below to see our entire kitchen remodel! The before and afters are mind blowing.

Shot by Chelsea serves Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and beyond with natural, authentic wedding photography. This is achieved through genuine friendship, constant support, and an all-inclusive experience. Visit our website to inquire about our services! 

Chelsea LieferComment