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Today I assisted in refinishing an old wooden table that my mother in law wanted to modernize for the grandkids’ play room.

We used an electric sander to remove the shiny varnish from the entire piece of furniture, and then wiped off the dust thoroughly with a damp rag.

Then we used a mini roller and painted the top with gray chalk paint and wiped it to give it a distressed look before it fully dried. For the sides and legs, we diluted the chalk paint and used it more like a wood stain. Here’s the finished product: