My daughter-in-law, Andrea, and my son, MacDaniel, wanted a nice looking dining room table. Since they were newly married, they did not have money to purchase a dining set .But what they had was a dark stained pine trestle table that had seen better days. At the base, the pine sap had leaked out over the years and the base was badly banged up. I went through a lot of pictures of refinished tables with her and she got very excited over one in particular. A stained table in blues, greens, browns and black with a painted base. I removed all of the pine sap with Murphys oil soap and washed and cleaned the table two times. I sanded down the top of the table completely. to bare wood On the base, I used two coats of Kilz (sanding in between) and then I made my own chalk paint with a Sherwin Williams color sample 6106 Kilim Beige and put on 3 coats (sanding in between), I used General Finiishes Arm R Seal in Satin in two coats for the entire base area for the finish. I used very light sanding between the two coats of Arm R Seal.
On top of the trestle table, I used Unicorn Spit gel stain colors, Dragons Belly, Zia Teal, BlueThunder and Midnight Blackness. The browns i used were Minwax Wood Stain in Espresso and General Finishes Antique Cherry. I created a faux planking pattern on the top where the colors went together and overlapped. For the finish, I used US Composites Bar Top Epoxy Resin twice to make it food safe and give the stains that beautiful gloss finish.
When Andrea and MacDaniel saw the table, they were overwelmed. It came it beautifully and I made my son's bride a very happy lady.