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Attempting Aloha: Jami's Dining Table - Refinishing Furniture Advice Request

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jami's Dining Table - Refinishing Furniture Advice Request

Okay, so I have to take a second to introduce you to my super fab sister-in-law, Jami. Mostly She's my sister-from-another-mister. We met in Jackson, WY where our hubby brothers (but this was before either couple was married...) were working as whitewater river rafting guides, I worked in the office of the same rafting company, and Jami was a horseback riding guide. We were instant bff's, and we still chat daily. I'd be lost without her. :)

She's also getting into furniture restoration, and she'll be sharing her projects here on Attempting Aloha. This girl has more aloha than anyone I've ever met. And she tans better than any haole I've ever seen!! ;)  Can't wait for her to come visit me here in the next couple months.

Hi Blogger Friends!

I'm Jami, Charlie's sister in law.
I'm a laid back country girl who just moved from living in the country in Jackson Hole, WY. I miss it terribly there. But, after moving 15 times with 2 kids, dog, and lots of stuff, we finally bought our first house in a suburb. We love the rustic/country look, and we have been having fun doing what we want to our OWN house.
One of my 1st projects was an old table I bought at a garage sale (CHARLIE'S NOTE - I found it on Craigslist while searching for my own dining set and KNEW it was Jami's style. They were made for each other. The guy was selling it right then at a yard sale, and it was in her neighborhood, so I called her, and she ran right over. ((cue Happiy Ever After music))). I have always wanted to try and refurnish a table.

I love this country table that is oval and has some cool designs.
(unfortunately I didn't take very many before pictures)



Closest I've ever been to a stripper before...ahem.

Poor chair looked like it needed some Head and Shoulders by the time we were done scraping off the finish.

Back to Jami:
I decided to paint it a cream color

I love the stand on this table

and the details on the chairs

But after using it for 6 months I have had some yellowing show up on the top of my table, and some chipping on the chairs. I need some help!

Do you guys have any suggestions of why my table top is turning yellow?
I'm thinking it is the poly I used.

(BACK TO CHARLIE: After looking at this and researching more, I realize we made a rookie mistake by using polyurathane instead of polyacrylic, right?  Any other suggestions??)

It doesn't look to bad from afar, but I can't stand looking at it anymore. I stare at every day as we are eating on it for every meal, and it's driving me crazy! I'm going to attempt once again to sand this baby all down again and start from scratch..

Ei Yi Yi

It only took me 3 months to do it before!

Help!! What are the best tips for refurnishing furniture?

Aloha appreciated here,



At January 21, 2011 at 4:31 PM , Blogger Amanda M. said...

I have NO suggestions, but I am super interested to hear what others have to say because a) this table is sooooo pretty in this color and b) I am about to attempt a project like this. :)

At January 21, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Beth said...

a girl after my own heart! i paint everything. i always lightly sand and use a good primer. i don't ever restain or refinish. i'm strictly paint only.

At January 21, 2011 at 5:59 PM , Blogger Heidi said...

I've used polyurathane before on crafts...and it did the same yellowing thing. If it were me, I think I would try to lightly sand it with an electric hand sander, and paint over it again.... but it looks good in the pictures. :) I bet Miss Mustard Seed would have some great way to fix it.

At January 21, 2011 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

Wow! Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!

P.S. I love the new blog design, so cute!!


At January 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM , Blogger Cozy Home Scenes said...

It's the sealer you used. I used to paint stuff and used sealer, and over time it always turned yellow even when the label said it wouldn't.

You might try asking someone at a paint store or find someone with a blog who paints furniture to sell and ask them what to use.

Now days I either leave the paint as it or use paste wax on it. Sorry you have to redo it again!

At January 21, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Blogger vicki said...

Hi, I just thought I'd let you know you might want to check out Gina's blog at "The Shabby Chic Cottage". She just did a post on her blog about her kitchen table and I thought you might want to take a look.

At January 22, 2011 at 3:14 AM , Blogger Lúcia said...

This never appen to me. My bed, and my furniture no living room its the same still now, i only sanded everyting, them put a "primário" ( dont know say in English, sorry) then paint everyting whith a "tinta de esmalte". I'got that for 6 years.

Sorry for my english once again.
And i'm very glade you stonpping by on Dama das Camélias.


At January 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

So pretty! Makes me wish for a table and chairs again. :)


At January 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Yep - it's the sealer. After you sand it, go to the paint store, show them the paint you're using and ask them for the best sealer. There's a ton of them out there now. They'll know. But, it's a lovely set! Sorry :(

Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.


At January 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM , Blogger Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

So sorry the sealer didn't quite work...it really does look great in the pictures...Hope the second time around works out better!

At January 23, 2011 at 5:15 AM , Blogger laniebp said...

Did you use a water based polyurethane? If you didn't it will yellow for sure. Use only a water based if you don't want it to yellow. The set looks great in the pictures though.

At January 24, 2011 at 11:31 PM , Blogger Jason said...

Old Stain leaching through to the surface could be the yellow staining. Thorough sanding, and high hide primer, letting dry completely in between coats. Bad areas usually reveal themselves. 2-3 coats of primer before adding your white. Sorry it did that...such a huge job once and now twice.
Good Luck,Diana Lorenz.

At January 25, 2011 at 1:52 PM , Blogger Kimberly said...

I did a kitchen table in white earlier last summer and used a polyacrylic and it still yellowed. I'm redoing it this summer in gray b/c I'm sick of whites and sealants.

At January 25, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Blogger gina luv said...

wow! amazing transformation! I love it! :)gina

At February 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Don't know if this will help or not, but to clarify a little more on the polyurethane vs polycrylic...
A friend and I were recently redoing her table. She was having problems with the polyurethane sticking to the paint. She was asking me why and I didn't know since I had done the same thing to a desk only months ago and had no problems. When she went and asked at the paint store, they told her that you should only use polyurethane on natural wood or stained wood. If you use it on paint it can cause the integrity of the paint to break down and thus cause chipping and stuff. He told her that the polycrylic was made for use over paint. Not sure if that could have caused your yellowing or if like someone before said it was the previous finish underneath. I prefer to get mine as stripped and sanded as possible if I am painting with a light color. Not so much with darker colors.
I'm currently working on a cream dining set, but I will be refinishing the top with a dark stain, so hopefully I won't have the same problem. Good Luck!

At January 15, 2012 at 3:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A table cloth

At March 8, 2012 at 6:56 AM , Anonymous marble top dining table said...

So pretty! Makes me wish for a table and chairs again. :)

At July 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

think you should have taken a chalk paint.. its mat paint maybe a base of grey underneath it so when you sand paper it at the end it will have more a used look


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