Help me paint or stain this table.
October 1, 2012 1:06 PM Subscribe
I'm about to purchase a cheap dining room set at IKEA that is unstained solid pine that I am planning on either staining or painting. What colors might fit, and what kind of stain or paint should I use? I confess, I don't know what I'm doing.
posted by Mister Fabulous to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My apartment was built in 1971 and looks like it's fresh out of... 1971. The walls are all white or cream. The trim, doors and cabinets are all mostly dark brown/walnut color. Most of my furniture is a shade of brown between tan and black. The carpets are brown. I'm trying like hell to break up the brown color and get some contrast going. So far I've added some non-brown artwork, and the ugly orange lamp.
Pictures of my place to give an idea of the colors I'm working with: 1 2 3 4
Currently, I'm considering a dining room table and chairs. It's the last big piece of furniture I plan on adding. I am probably going to purchase the INGO/IVAR
set for my apartment due to its relative low price, and because it looks to be something I can adjust to fit my apartment. What color(s) should I go with without clashing too much? I'd really like something to help break up the brown colors everywhere. Also, what do I need to do something like this besides stain and a brush? Do I need to put some sort of varnish or lacquer on this over the top to protect it? Do I stain first then assemble, or assemble first then stain? I have little experience in painting or staining or any of this for that matter. Thank you!