French Provincial Dining Table Makeover With Chalk Paint
I purchased this french provincial dining room table sight unseen off of a Craigslist add. It came as a set along with these six cane chairs and a hutch. The table was pretty beat-up with lots of stains and grime and once again Mr. Wilson was questioning my judgement.
It was pretty clear that this table was not handled with care.
There was a lovely “speckled” finish that you find with mid-century furniture. It was their way of making it look older or antiqued.
So Mr. Wilson and I did what we had to do, we removed the old finish with Minwax Furniture Refinisher and gave it a good sanding. I will not be using this product in the future, because it has a very strong odor.
This is what it looked like after being sanded down with 100 grit sand paper using both an electric palm sander and sanding by hand.
Next I sanded down the legs and removed the speckled pee-yellow color paint. Then I pondered for days what to do with the top. My first instinct was to stain it a rich walnut color and paint the base off-white. Then Mr. Wilson had a great idea, he suggested that we bring it in the dining room and then decide. Once I had it in the dining room, I realized that staining it dark would just not work in the space. Upon the suggestion of a Facebook friend, I decided to whitewash the top to give it a brighter look.
I used some left-over Country Chic Paint in Lazy Linen which is a very light gray color to mix up my own whitewash with a hint of gray. Basically I just added about 60% paint to 40% water.
I have never whitewashed anything before, and it was pretty daunting to do an entire table top, but I made it work. I used a regular paint brush to paint the wash on the table one section at a time, then I immediately wiped it off with paper towels. The key is to use a clean, dry part of the paper towel each time you wipe off the paint so you don’t unknowingly deposit blotches of paint back on the table top. I love the variations in the finish, I think it gives it a beautiful aged finish.
Then I painted the legs in Annie Sloan’s French Linen chalk paint and waxed it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax tinted with a little Old White Chalk Paint. This gave the legs a whitewashed finish to match the top.
I couldn’t be more delighted with how it turned out! Now I am going to whitewash all of the furniture in my house…just kidding…well maybe.
Next I need to finish the six cane chairs that go with the set, and my dining room will be ready for a nice Christmas dinner!
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