DIY Furniture Painting – How to Chalk Paint A Table from Start to Finish

Hi! My name is Brittaney. Small business owner & Chalk painter. In this video I am using ALL NATURAL NO VOC products from American Paint Company to revamp an old oak table.

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Dahvie says:

Why the shellac?

Patricia Mace says:

I noticed that you sealed the chalk paint with 2 coats of wax, letting the first coat dry completely.  Most of the tutorials I have watched have applied the wax and then wiped it off.  Why does the technique vary?  Does it depend on what type of wax?

Guy Christie says:

Its good the second time as well. I have a question. When distressing to get that antique look do you do that before or after you apply the wax?

vicki carol says:

Your table looks fabulous.  great video.

Jen Morales says:

Can I ask a question about the polyurethane top coat? I really want a matte finish on my table and I am having a difficult time finding an oil-based polyurethane in matte. Can I use a water-based poly with this technique?

Steven says:

Great tutorial! I’m in the middle of a similar project and wanted to stain my table top, but as I was finishing sanding, I realized it was a veneer layer not real wood. Can I still use the gel stain on the veneer table top even though I sanded down to some unsightly “particle board?”

Kristi Wilson says:

Did you say you cleaned off oils and dirt before you started? What do you clean it with? how long do you have to wait to stain?

Sherene Joseph says:

So where can we buy this General Finish Java gel stain in Dallas, TX

Shannah Shaver says:

Where do you buy your paint and stain gel?

Charis Williams says:

I like your channel, keep up the cool work! I make similar videos too 🙂

Mandy Duvall says:

Can i use the Java Gel stain on a veneer finish table top?

Uly'sandEly's MahMah says:

The table looks fabulous.
Is the gel stain safe to apply on a babies crib?

Living for Later says:

How long did you wait until applying second coat of java gel. Most say wait 24 hours but it seems like you did right away and the end results were awesome!

tosh Last says:

hi I have a table set that was given to me, it’s in good condition. but the table has a lot of stretches. do I sand the tables and chairs first then do what you did

rosalia6119 says:

Omg I just love love the way you did this table ! Can you please tell me , did you put something over the get stain in Java to give it that shine? Or is that just from the gel stain itself ! I’m so loving the look !

Cheryl's Lifestyle says:

What gloss finish did you use on the table top please

carol bailey says:

So you don’t need to wipe the wax off a bit after applying?

Marcia Dwyer says:

great, I love to watch how easy you make the projects.

Myrleen Murray says:

Thnx for showing this video, I have a question, I have a Bassett original dining table 8 chairs, 3 extensions a hutch, and a buffet side credenza, can I use the same techniques you used for this project, right now the color is the same shade as your pre finished color of the table, looking forward to your encouragement, thnx for sharing, Myrleen ..

Rod Templeton says:

Hi great video. Did you sand the top of the table before you applied the gel stain? Thanks.

Glenda saavedra says:

Really nice .where do you get that paint?

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Candy Humpf says:

If you don’t mind, I noticed that you sell your redone pieces. Do you de well with it? How do you know what pieces will sell? Table turned out great btw!

countybunkin6591 says:

I painted my chairs and didn’t wax right away, now there are fingerprints and grease spots, should I totally repaint or what can I do?

fernando salas vargas says:

con ganas das buenas ideas me gusta el video salidos

50calkiller says:

Your too sexy

guangze chen says:

The table looks fabulous.our Arterki can give you surprise

Jessica Ann says:

I love your tutorials!! I am nervous to tackle my dining room set.. it’s cherry and it’s just an eye sore for me.. This is exactly what I want to do to..The tops of both the table and buffet are shiny (not exactly sure of the finish). Do you recommend that I strip the tops down to its natural wood before applying the gel stain? Thanks for your help!

elti sam says:

did you sand down the table?

Marsha Balderrama says:

That looks great! do you sand the finish off before you paint?

Greg Boggs says:

Looks awesome, doing the same thing with our dining set, java gel on the top and annie sloan chalk paint and clear wax on the base.

Melissa Murphy says:

Where did you get the wax from?

L Hernandez says:

How many coats on the top with the java gel? I want to do our kitchen dining set.

Jodie P says:

Looks great!

SKennedy says:

Wow, looks GREAT! Was that table top formica (looks like a table my mother has); or did it have a finish that had to be removed? I have a very old oak table similar — it has a heavy clear finish (my in-laws redid it, it gets heavy kitchen traffic). Can you stain over that — or, like the pedestal, can you hit it with the shellac to get the paint to stick, etc.? I love that dark stain! Thanks!! Oh, the wax . . . can you get that at, say, Lowe’s/Depot? And, you said it seals out water?? Thanks again!

Andrea Lee says:

Hi Brittaney, just wondering would sanding the table with an electric sander before applying the paint be better. I’m planning to refinish an old dining table and it looks almost identical to the one you did in the video and it will be my first DIY project. please kindly advise. your help is much appreciated!

Tiffany Barthelmy says:

Do I need to spray the top of the table with shellac before applying the Java gel stain?

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