A few weeks ago my husband and I went antiquing to look for a small two person table to fit in our kitchen since we don’t have a dining room in our rental. We went to a local antique mall and found a great drop leaf table that was perfect for our small space. It wasn’t even 5 days later that I was shopping with my sister and we just decided on a whim to stop at the Habitat Restore to try and find some chairs for our new table. Well, instead of chairs we found another dining table! Surprise!
It didn’t have chairs that came with it but it was so beautiful and was a great price for that pretty detail. So…we bought it for Timeless Creations instead of for myself. 🙂
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It took some maneuvering to get the table downstairs to my workshop, but by taking the table top off it made it much easier to paint anyway! Bonus!
The top had a couple gouges in the side of it, so of course I grabbed the wood putty. Lately we have been using this wood filler since it is so easy to work with. Some tiny holes and scratches were also filled, then the entire table was sanded.
While thinking of a design scheme for this table I knew I wanted to play up the details by giving them some depth. One of my favorite looks is to go French Country by giving the piece some painted texture and then mixing up a “wash” to go over it. The pedestal and top was given two coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White. (Which is our favorite.)
We then mixed up about 4 parts French Linen paint to 2 parts water in a cup for the “wash”. To apply the wash a foam brush was used, which is about the easiest way that we have found. We started with the pedestal and applied the wash a section at a time so we could wipe it back with a dry cloth easier to achieve the look we wanted.
For the tabletop we again applied it with the same sponge brush, however, instead of a cloth we used a second, dry sponge brush to wipe the wash back. I have done a wash before on a tabletop and have found removing with a second sponge brush was the easiest way for a table top because it is quicker and you have less risk of getting your finger streaks in it!
After the wash all that was left was to seal it! Since a dining table gets a lot of use we decided to apply a durable topcoat (Here is what we use) instead of wax which is a bit stronger of a protectant and shouldn’t need to be reapplied.
I just absolutely love when furniture pieces “speak” to you. I knew right away I HAD to have this dining table, and the design scheme was easy to come up with since it is one of our favorite looks. We are so happy with the way the table turned out and was very excited to be painting a piece we had not tackled previously.
This look is so gorgeous and is very universal! We have tried it before on an old lamp of Kristen’s that needed an update. It works for almost anything, but we especially love to give a detailed piece a wash to accentuate that beauty.
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