Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Farmhouse Table REDO




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It’s dooooooone!!!!!

I seriously can’t believe it. I’ve been staring at this table for two years, TWO YEARS . . . envisioning everyday what I wanted to do with it. How I wanted to stain the top a beautiful walnut color, paint the legs a nice antique white . . . and then . . . beat the heck out of it ;) To give it that old, beat-up farmhouse table look I was going for it.

I’ve been avoiding this table for way too long just because I knew the amount of elbow grease it was going to take. Plus the fact that it would leave my family eating off the floor for several days . . .

And you would think that in the middle of a hot and humid Arizona summer would be the absolute LAST time I would pick for finally tackling this project . . . but what can I say . . .

The girls were out swimming in the kiddy pool and there was a decent cloud cover outside . . . I was staring at the table for the bazillioneth time wondering how she would look after I got my hands on her . . . Then the wheels started turning (always dangerous for a DIYer) . . . And I started thinkin’ and scheming how I could get her out to the back porch by myself (cause the hubby was away at work). Then without too much huffing and puffing, she was outside! And well . . . that was that and away we went! :)

Let me tell you how I did it . . . .


I started out sanding off the thick coat of poly on top. This took a long time. Maybe 3 to 4 hours?? Thankfully it didn’t seem like that long. I got into my grubbies, put on my little face mask, grabbed my running playlist and went to work. And other then the fact that I was itching to run the whole time instead of sand, the time passed fairly quickly :) I used a 60-grit sandpaper first cause the poly was THICK. After it was all off, I went over the whole table with 100, 150, and a 220-grit paper.

Then I got my super sophisticated distressing tools . . . rocks, hammer, nail . . . and beat up the top.


Then came the paint and stain.

I sprayed on several coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White first on the bottom then moved to the top.

I had planned all along to use Miniwax provincial stain. But I went to test it out, and it was WAY darker then I wanted. It looked more like a dark walnut. And since the only other stain that had was a dark walnut, I had to make a quick trip to Home Depot.

I ended up coming home with a golden oak stain. I would have NEVER picked this stain beforehand. The sample was much lighter then I wanted. But I knew it would show up a lot darker on my table then the sample, so I figured I would give it a try. That’s the nice thing about a Home Depot. You can always bring back a can of stain if you use a little bit and the color is not what you were going for.

It also goes to show it’s really important to always do a test section before tackling a whole project. Stain and paint can always look different on various woods and in different lights.


So this is what I had after 2 coats of Golden Oak. The color looked almost exactly what I had envisioned! Yay! I also used my dark walnut stain around the edges to make them a worn look. Then I pulled it and my provincial stain through the rest of the wood here and there to add some dimension.

After that I sanded and distressed the legs. Again, for most of my distressing I just used a sanding block with 100-grit paper, very fine steel wool and a couple of rocks from the yard.

Then I used my provincial and dark walnut stain to darken up the exposed distressed wood. And finally I did a glaze over the whole bottom using these . . .


Jen Rizza gives a great tutorial on glazing if you want to give it a try yourself!

I had been debating a long time on what to use to seal the top. I knew I really wanted to avoid going the polyurethane route if I could. I wanted the wood to look natural and raw . . . not shiny and plasticy. So after reading this very helpful post by Kristine over at the Painted Hive, I decided to use Danish Oil (found at Lowe’s). And after living with it now a few days, I’m really happy with the results. The wood looks BEAUTIFUL! But as a mom of kids, I have to admit it’s definitely not as kid-friendly as a poly. It seals well, but it takes a little bit more work getting crayons, play do and glue off. I don’t regret my decision though. I would use it again in a heartbeat. Instead I think I’ll just buy some cheap placemats that we can pull out whenever the kids want to do crafts on the table.

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And here she is! I LOVE her!! I almost feel guilty having neglected her so long knowing now what she could have looked like.


The chairs are all done too! Yipee!!! I’ll do a post soon on how I finished those too . . .



I haven’t sealed the bottom yet cause I’m okay with the legs getting more distressed naturally. If anything, I might use beeswax on them eventually . . .

P8030010 Here you can see the distressing I did on the top. I love that I don’t have to worry about it getting all banged up. It’ll just add to its character!


And the best part is we’re not eating off the floor anymore ;)

Edited to Add: Finally did a post on my numbered kitchen chairs. Check it out!


Laura said...

IT looks fantastic!!! where do you find the time? Great job!!!

Honor said...

love love LOVE it!!

House of Ham's said...

You are amazing! i love it!

Erin said...

Karyn, It looks amazing! Way to go. Someday, I will get to my table too. Just buy a cheap vinyl tablecloth to put on when your girls want to do crafts. That's what we do around here!

tarable said...

Karyn - I'm so impressed! What a fabulous project.

I can't believe we never talked about blogging or crafting in all that time we spent together. I'm a huge fan of blogs like this!

Michael and Lindsey said...

That looks great, Karyn! I meant to tell you the other day how cute your chairs were. Glad you have a table again:)

MaRiN said...

You did an awesome job! The table looks fantastic! I can't believe you did this in the awful heat though, it is so stink'n hot outside!

Richella said...

Found you via Melissa at 320 Sycamore. . . and I'm so glad I came! Your table looks smashing, and your chairs are amazing. Great job!! Congratulations!

Barbie said...

Oh my goodness, your table looks fantastic!!! I would love to see how you did your chairs as well. I really need to do mine.

Denissa said...

Beautiful!! You did an amazing job! Totally inspired me to go for it on mine! :)

TidyMom said...

Beautiful!!!.......the chairs are my favorite part!♥

Sarah W. said...

How funny i would stumble upon this post! I just got married here in AZ, and purchased a decent kitchen table off craigslist perfect for a couple. It was cheap and I knew it would need some work, but i put it off for a month or 2 and now Ive just been waiting for the summer heat to pass by so i can put my grubbies on and get to work. :) I want to do the same thing! I thought I would be brave this labor day weekend, so I purchased all the things I need! I bought Minwax dark walnut stain for the top and some black paint for the legs. But I REALLY like how the 2 coats of Golden Oak turned out on your table!!! Good thing I chickend out this weekend, because I am probably going to return my stain! :) Thanks for sharing your work!

Anonymous said...

You are AMAZING! What a beautiful job you did. Thanks so much for sharing the details. I have a table and chairs (almost identical to yours, but much older and yuckier) that are screaming to be refinished! I'd love to see your step-by-step tutorial on the chairs when you get a chance... Thanks again! Jeni

cottagejoy_com said...

So glad you posted this. I have the same set only the table is a pedestal. I've put off painting it for so long, but you may have convinced me to get it done!! I always said I'd get a new table when my kids were done destroying this one, however, paint is cheaper! I too would like to hear what you used on the chairs. Great work!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

Totally awesome. I love the provincial farmhouse feel. It's perfect - and love your chairs!

Mrs. McB said...

You did a great job! I definitely love the look.