Our walls in the living room are yellow, and the walls cast a weird yellow light into the room which together with the blue sunlight made the table look really green in photos. So I turned down the yellow in my photo editor, to show you how the table looks more accurately.
We hope to be able to paint the living room white soon <3
We had our eyes on a gorgeous dinner table at Pottery Barn, but we knew it was way out of our budget (over 2000 dollars with taxes and delivery). So once again we trotted over to IKEA to see what kind of tables they had in untreated hardwood. We found a Stornäs dinner table that is extendable. It was not untreated, though. The color on it felt really wrong for us, but we liked the table itself (and the 329 dollar price tag) so we decided a modification was in order. We felt the laquer on it made the wood look somehow "fake", and we wanted to bring out more of the natural wood look.
Stornäs photo from IKEA's site.
How to DIY:
1. Sand away the old laquer from all the pieces with sandpaper that has a big grain (we had grain size 60, and a Bosch Orbital Sander)
2. Finish sanding with smaller grain (used 200)
3. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth, let dry
4. Stain (we had Minwax Wood Finish, color Special Walnut). Wipe off any excess stain with a clean cloth.
(I recommend trying out your stain under the table top, just to check that it is the color you want. And the stain can look quite different when completely dry)
5. After the pieces have dried for a day, use Minwax Paste Finishing Wax on them to protect your table without loosing the wooden look (it's not shiny as many other finishing materials)
Then we just built it all together :)