Table Refinishing Nightmare- Final Chapter

Well, the troublesome table is finished. Definitely finished this time. Yes, it is. If I say it enough…

So, remember the table that gave me refinishing nightmares? To refresh your memory, here’s the before:


Before collage


And after much hair pulling and whining, with much relief, I presented this:


008 Table set after


And they lived happily ever after- eh, not so much. This is from the second installment of the table refinishing nightmare:




Now you’re all caught up and on the edge of your seats wondering what happens next, right? I wouldn’t want to disappoint, so here goes.

Unfortunately, all of that finish didn’t peel up as easily as those first  bits. So, back to stripping and sanding, lots more sanding.

Here are the products I used this go round:




A quick recap of the steps I used:

  • After sanding, I brushed on a coat of sanding sealer- if I had done this the first time, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
  • Ligthly sanded, then brushed on 3 coats of General Finishes Milk Paint in Outback Brown.
  • Brushed on one coat of General Finishes High Performance Water Based Top Coat in Satin.
  • Brushed on then wiped off GF Glaze Effects in Pitch Black. NOTE: This glaze is really grabby, so I ended up creating a sort of wood grain effect, a happy accident.
  • Brushed on 3 coats of GF Top Coat.

I love the GF products- the milk paint goes on really smoothly. Their top coat is amazing- very smooth application using a sponge brush, and the really interesting thing is that I didn’t get any of the dust bits that you usually need to sand away. None. Ok, ready to see the FINAL final reveal?




See the streaky kind of wood grain effect from the glaze?





And my table refinishing nightmare is over. I know, I didn’t stage it this time. I’m tired of this table. And just tired.





  1. I hadn’t seen this before, ugg you know how I feel about paint remover 🙂

  2. Glad you finally conquered this project so beautifully successfully. –I don’t think those 2 words work well in a row, but you know what I mean! 😉

  3. All of the drama was so worth it – it looks great! I love the end result and you’ve helped us all to learn a few great tips for repainting furniture!

  4. Oh wow! Your table came out beautiful!

  5. You go girl! The table looks absolutely beautiful and I am glad the project is finally finished 🙂 What a project!


  6. At least all that work paid off in a big way! It’s lovely!

  7. Your table is definitely a great one and perfect for my whole family.. It looks neat and clean and if you take with this, it will be a center of attraction in the house..

  8. the third time is a charm! it looks beautiful now!

  9. Such a beautiful table! You did a wonderful job.

  10. You have more patience than I have! Looks great!

  11. Awe, so much work – but Sheila, it’s gorgeous!

  12. This is an amazing table! You really have taught me a lot too! I’m sorry for your trouble, but appreciate all the tips and info. I think we have all been there! It’s gorgeous now and I hope it finds a good home soon!

  13. Sheila:
    This really looks great – I like it better than the first go around!

  14. Sheila, Bless your heart…I’ve been there, just not a table. Mercy, we do get into messes sometimes. I’m loving the new look. Please visit my blog and follow on Linky if you haven’t yet. Thanks and please get some rest, Helen

  15. Linda Hayes says:

    So much work…..but it really does look even better in the final round.

    Sheila: 2
    Table: 1

    I declare you the winner!

  16. Wow, wow that’s all I can say – really Wow

  17. Carolyn in Salt Lake City says:

    WOW! It is reallly beautiful. And you really put your blood, sweat and tears into it. Now, you made it look so good I’m going to see if I can find any of those products you used, here locally.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Blessings, Carolyn

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