I literally just finished saying I didn't have room for any new projects when my husband said he was going to the Restore for Habitat for Humanity to drop off extra supplies. He asked me if I wanted to ride along. I bet you know where this story is going, but in case you don't know me I jumped at the chance, and once I spotted this darling table I couldn't leave it behind!
This post has lots of photos of the process, so if you want to skip this part then just scroll down to the bottom to see the "after". Or you can click HERE to see a slide show (with cheerful music!) from my Facebook page. I can't take credit for creating the slideshow because my phone app did it automatically, but I hope you enjoy it.
The table was stamped with the manufacturer's name, "St John's Table Company, Cadillac Michigan". It was in rough shape, and not to mince words, it was downright filthy! I didn't even want it in my garage in it's original condition. I washed it down outside with soap and water and then gave it another wash with disinfectant before I could even take a "before" picture.
I planned to give it a rustic farmhouse look with paint, so the first order of business was to sand away the original finish of the table top and smooth out the scratches. I used my orbital sander to make quick work of the job.
I started with 60-grit, and then progressed to 80-grit, 100-grit, 150-grit, and finished with 200-grit sandpaper.
|Goodbye yucky finish!|
I don't know what was on it, but it was sticky.
|Use 150-grit sandpaper in tight spaces.|
|Applying the first coat of Duck Egg Blue|
|Apply a thin coat of Old White to the top.|
|Dilute the paint with water to achieve a thin consistency|
Once the white was dry, I applied an uneven coat of Coco for a contrasting color.
|Apply a darker color for contrast.|
|Sand back the darker color to blend and distress.|
|Mix the glaze thoroughly before applying.|
OK I admit this part is a little scary after all the work that was already put into the project! I used a foam brush and applied a generous amount of decorative glaze over the waxed surface.
|Apply the decorative stain with a foam brush.|
|Wipe away the excess with a shop towel.|
And although the table has a worn distressed finish, it is now clean and fresh. It's so much better now!
|Rustic farmhouse table with paint|
The variation of color and distressing is visible in the close up below.
|Close up of layered paint and distressed finish.|
|A table with small footprint is perfect for small spaces.|
|The wood support bars underneath swivel to extend the table leaves.|
|Extra surface space with the table leaves extended.|
|Drop the table leaves again when not needed.|
Supply List(These are products I actually purchase and use; some have affiliate links; some do not.)
- Orbital sander and variety pack of sand paper
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan (Duck Egg Blue, Old White, and Coco) and Soft Clear Wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders.
- Paint brush & foam brush
- Flexible sanding pad These come in a box of 20, but I cut them in half so I get 40! One box will last for a very long time. The pads also come in a superfine finish for even smoother results.
- Sandpaper (150 and 220-grit)
- Tack cloth (for removing sanding dust)
- Decorative Glaze (For this project I used the Rustoleum brand, but I also use General Finishes brand. Either one should give you awesome results.)
- Shop towels
- Lint free rags for wiping off excess wax (you can use t-shirts, but since I sell my furniture I don't like to use old clothes on my projects). These can also be used to buff the wax.