Thank you Country Chic Paint for providing the chalk paint for today’s project.
I re-finished and painted my kitchen table, and I LOVE it. I’m so very excited that it’s finished! It took longer than I thought it would, and I didn’t really know what I was doing….. but it turned out even better than I thought it would.
I have had this table for about 5 years. I found it at a second-hand shop with 6 matching chairs. Unfortunately I never really loved the table or chairs. There are so many groves and detail work that it is hard to clean.
I love the farmhouse look and have wanted a farmhouse style table for years, however trying to find a table for 7 is tricky and expensive.
With the help of my dad I built the benches. I showed you how we did that in this post.
I used 1 part Simplicity Country Chic Paint mixed with 2 parts water to white wash the tops and sides of the benches. I painted the white wash on then wiped it off with a rag. I put two coats of this on to get the coverage I wanted. You could put on more or less depending on how much of the wood grain you would like to see. Then used Adorned to pant the legs, edges, and underside of the benches for a pop of color.
After the benches were finished they just didn’t go with our old table, so it was time to re-finish the top and paint the bottom.
I used a cordless electric sander to sand the table top. Then I sanded the edges by hand. In this photo you can see what I started with on the far right, the sanded and stained piece in the middle, and the just sanded top on the left. I was sanding forever! Literally it took me 2 full days of just sanding to get just the top finished. If you are going to try a project like this be prepared to spend some serious time sanding.
I chose to take off the edge of the table so it would have more of the farm-table look I wanted. The edge had no structural use and came off quite easy.
I stained the top with Jacobean from Minwax. I used a cheap brush to “paint” on the stain then a shop rag to wipe it back off. I let the stain sit for about 5 minutes before wiping it off. After one coat of stain I decided I wanted it darker so I did a second coat of Jacobean stain wiping the stain off after 5 minutes again.
It was much easier to get stain in the edges with a brush. Make sure you get an even coat on the edges as well as the top.
While the top dried I painted the legs of the table with Country Chic Paint Simplicity. I first lightly sanded the legs with 150 grit sandpaper, to make sure the paint would adhere well.
In almost every project there is a point where I think I have totally messed up….I look at the piece I’m working on and think “what have I done!?”. This was that point for me. Without the polyurethane, the table top looked like it was 50 shades of brown. My husband even suggested I paint over it with brown paint so it would “look better”. The bottom was very white, while I knew the wax would help that I was worried that it would tie in with the top.
Thankfully I continued with the vision I had in my head.
After two coats of paint I used Country Chic Paint Antiquing Wax to bring out the detailing in the table legs. Here is a short video that shows how I use the antiquing wax. This video is of a chair, but the technique is the same.
After three coats of quick drying polyurethane on the table top, I put it all back together.
Have you ever thought of re-finishing a kitchen table? Or have you maybe already re-finished one? I would love to hear about it in the comments. 🙂