I said I would post more pics of the table I touched up. It was really old and just needed a little love put back into it. The table is probably close to 20 years old and is from Pier 1. When I lived in Atlanta, a neighbor of mine was moving and she just gave me the table and 2 wicker chairs, plus a matching hutch. Score! I recently just bought the other 2 chairs for it and finally got around to re-staining it.
I thought it had a tad bit of a country look to it with the color of the stain, which was fine in the last house I lived in because it had more of a cottage vibe, but it just didn't feel or look right in my new place.
I sanded down the top and sides,
there were a lot of stains and marks on it
because there was no sealer on it before.
I stained it with Minwax (which I'm not a big fan of)
but they had a new color and I wanted to try it.
Espresso. It's not as dark as walnut and doesn't have any red tones at all.
I don't think the built in sealer is that great.
If you know of a better brand, please let me know.
Stained the legs with Minwax black wood finish.
Look how removing the original stain and putting a fresh new coat on brought out the grain in the wood. It's so pretty now, almost doesn't even look like the same table.
Gives the room a different vibe from cottage-y to beachy.
Office photos coming very soon!
It's finished, will take pics today.