I put my right-hand-boy to work sanding the top down to bare wood. I like my children to be useful as well as ornamental!
I pulled out the spray paint for this project...it was just handier. The bottom got coated in Rustoleum's Heirloom White. The top got multiple coats of stain and sealer...first I used Minwax English Chestnut, because although I wanted a darker top, I think walnut on pine wood goes kind of....flat. It's just bleeaaaahhhh! But if I use the English Chestnut first, it seems to warm up the color a little...then I put on a coat of walnut stain. For good measure, I then sealed it with Minwax Polyshades, also in Antique Walnut. It's still not my most-favorite product, but it has its uses, like on this table.
So it's better, right? But obviously it needs a little sumpin' to make those details pop...
...So I glazed it with the Polyshades. Never tried that before, but it worked great!
Look at me now!
Love how the top turned out!
I think it looks very Pottery-Barn-esque...what do you think?