how to stain a top

*Original post: September 23rd, 2015

And no, I do not mean how to stain a top that you are wearing. Although I really AM a pro at doing that. Don't believe me? Ask my sister. I have ruined many borrowed tops in my day.

Anyway, I am talking about taking a piece and taking it from drab to FAB by giving it a brand new stained top.

So from the very beginning:

Let's talk the facts about this piece.

A  - poorly white spray painted 

B - no knobs!! 

C - he's overall kind of sad. Let's make him happy.

I started off by sanding the top of this bad boy and getting down the raw wood. I only concentrated on sanding the top; since I am using chalk paint, the rest will not require sanding or priming. I use a small hand sander that was given to me by a friend, but any sander will work fine.

After I get the piece cleaned off with a rag, I start the stain. I used Minwax "Special Walnut" and did three coats, waiting for the piece to dry between each. Once that dried and looked pretty and brown the way I wanted it, I did two coats of Polyeurythane over the top. Easy as that...top complete!

Then I got into the chalk paint. I used Annie Sloan "Duck Egg" to paint the body and "Old White" to paint the drawers. The glorious things about real, good quality chalk paint is that you will most likely never need more than 2 coats. I highly suggest actually watering down the second coat just a tiny bit, it will help immensely. 

So here we have the mid process...on quite a lovely sheet don't you think? I did not want this piece to look distressed so I didn't sand or dark wax. I just covered the piece with Annie Sloan "Clear Wax", waited 8 hours, and buffed it out. Now all it needs is knobs.

Knobs....oh how I love knobs. My favorite place to buy knobs are Anthropologie, they always have a great selection.  

And there you have it....a whole new piece from a very simple makeover! 

Music while I stain:

Oh man, this guy melts my heart. Check out his song "Stun Me". Listen here.