I’ve spent several days over at my friend Stacey’s house helping her over haul her dining room before our church starts spring small groups. She is wonder woman, hosting 3 at a time. Stacey’s dining room was crowded and her furniture was speckled 1970’s pecan. The varnish was worn in several places too. The last time I was over there she talked about getting rid of it and getting a new one. Well, I couldn’t let her do that now could I? This dining set had potential!

We started with the top before Christmas but Disney, and all of the flu and virus’s kept us from finishing it up. Stacey braved it and finished the stripping while my kids were sick. We used Motsenbocker’s paint and varnish remover from Lowe’s. I like its low odor and it works really well for me. We stripped it all the way down to the bare wood, sanded smooth and then used Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

Motsenbocker paint and varnish remover

This morning after stripping the top, it looked like this……

Pecan dining table

At about 3:30 this afternoon, we had two coats of stain on top and two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk paint in old white on the bottom. When I left, it looked like this…….

Pecan dining table 2

Yay for progress!! Tomorrow we finish up the table and the buffet. We are bringing this thing into the 21st century and painting it Turquoise! Beauty shots to come. Happy Friday!


  1. Oh what fun….can’t wait to see it

  2. For sure, The results will be georgeous 🙂

  3. I’ve been using that stuff forever! It’s great. You are the first blogger I’ve seen write about it. I thought it was my own well-kept secret. Not anymore! Lookin’ good so far!

  4. WOW — what a transformation. Looks gorgeous!

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