One Room Challenge Week 3: Dining Room Makeover, The Dining Set, is what I’ll share with you today.
But first, help me out. .. Have you ever had a week in your life when the things you planned merely didn’t go well? Well, I do. Please reaffirm me that I’m not alone here. Before I signed up for one room challenge, I have everything planned like what to tackle weekly, and so I thought. On week 3, I’m a bit behind. This is supposed to be the week when I’ll give you an update on our dining set makeover. However, because I changed the makeover plan on our dining chairs, I added twice the work to all six of them. So, therefore as we speak, they’re not ready to be showcased as yet.
The good thing is despite the crazy week at home I managed to finish our dining table. If you’ve been following along, you should have known by now that I used to love dark finish furniture. But less than a year after moving to our house I changed my style, and I’m more into the light and neutral color now. Since all of our furniture pieces are dark finish, I’ve been on a mission to give it a makeover which makes most of the pieces now white.
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This dining set is made of acacia wood, and so with my experience at my Dad’s furniture shop growing up, I know that I must show its beautiful natural color and texture. I remember most of our customers then would pay extra for acacia wood.
The Dining Set Makeover, The Dining Table
Here are the steps I did to complete our dining table makeover:
1) I removed the old stain with Klean strip stain remover. As per product use instruction, I applied a thick coat with a paintbrush then, leave it for 15-minutes. Once it was ready, I scraped the stain. Since our dining table has a real dark finish stain, I repeated the process twice to eradicate the stain.
2) Then, I used Ryobi corner sander to achieve a smooth surface. This is one of my favorite tools for DIY projects. It’s easy to use, and its storage and portability are effortless. Its distinctive shape makes it ideal as both a pad and corner sander.
3) Cleaning the surface was the next thing I did. I used a tack cloth to remove remaining small pieces on the surface.
4) Then, I applied Minwax Pre-Stain wood conditioner. After 5-minutes I removed the excess conditioner. 30-minutes later, I lightly sand the surface with fine sandpaper (#220 grit).
5) Once it was ready, I applied Minwax Golden Pecan stain. I did this twice to get the elegant look of the surface. What I love about it is the fact that it is not too light nor too dark stain. It’s perfect for the look I’m aiming for our dining room makeover.
6) I sanded the surface with fine sandpaper (#220 grit) to ensure an even finish and proper adhesion. I removed all dust. Then, I applied two coats of Minwax Polyurethane with a time interval letting it dry each application.
7) Lastly, I applied two coats of Minwax Finishing Wax. There it is! Our dining table makeover is complete!
What I planned on our dining chairs makeover? Well, I love the clean, and straightforward design of this chair and so, yeah this serves as my inspiration.
It’s going to be tedious to complete the look that I love on all six chairs, but I know every second I’ll put in is worth it. I can’t wait to show you the complete makeover next week along with the console table as previously planned.
Here’s week 1 post and week 2 post in case you’ve missed it. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for updates and sneak peeks throughout the week. And check the other guest participants and featured designers on their progress!
See you on week 4!