Get a Rustic Farmhouse Look with Paint, Sandpaper, and Glaze


I picked up this table while I was dropping supplies off at the Restore for Habitat for Humanity. I wasn't planning on picking anything up, but I couldn't pass this one by.

Before

The table was stamped with the manufacturer's name, "St John's Table Company, Cadillac Michigan". It was in rough shape and very dirty. It required multiple cleanings and disinfectant before it was ready for paint.

The table top was badly scratched, so I used my orbital sander to smooth out the scratches. 

Orbital sander and supplies

I started with 60-grit, and then progressed to 80-grit, 100-grit, 150-grit, and finished with 200-grit sandpaper.

Sanding with an orbital sander
 I hand sanded the tight spaces with 150-grit sandpaper wrapped around a flexible sanding pad.
Hand sand with 150 grit sandpaper
I used 150-grit sandpaper in tight spaces.
I turned the table upside down to paint the legs and the underside of the table. I chose Duck Egg Blue for my base color and applied two coats.

Apply Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint
Applying the first coat of Duck Egg Blue
 Next I painted a very thin coat of Old White onto the table top and the underside of the drop leaves.

Apply a thin coat of Old White Chalk Paint
Apply a thin coat of Old White to the top.
To achieve a thin coat and a smooth finish, I diluted the paint with water and spread it evenly over the top with a paint brush.

Dilute the paint with water to achieve a thin consistency
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.
Apply a darker color for contrast.
Then I used a fine sanding sponge to sand back the Coco and blend the two colors together.

Sand blend and distress.
Sand back the darker color to blend and distress.
To further age the finish I decided to use a decorative glaze. Before applying the glaze I first sealed the painted surfaces with a coat of soft clear wax.
Mix the glaze thoroughly before applying
Mix the glaze thoroughly before applying.
OK I admit this part looks a little scary. I used a foam brush and applied a generous amount of decorative glaze over the waxed surface.

Apply the glaze over sealed paint.

The next step is to wipe away the glaze with a shop towel, and you'll need to have plenty on hand as they become saturated. You could use a rag instead, but I like the absorbency of the shop towels. Use a damp shop towel to further wipe off more glaze if desired. If you wipe too much away then just apply more. It's really so easy to work with.

Wipe away the excess with a shop towel.
Wipe away the excess with a shop towel.

After

And although the table has a worn distressed finish, it is now clean and fresh. It's so much better now!

Get the look of a rustic farmhouse table with paint
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.
Close up of layered paint and distressed finish.

A table with small footprint is perfect for small spaces
A table with small footprint is perfect for small spaces.
The wooden supports underneath the table swivel out to provide support when the leaves are extended.

The wood support bars underneath swivel to extend the table leaves.
The wood support bars underneath swivel to extend the table leaves.

Extra surface space with the table leaves extended.
Extra surface space with the table leaves extended.


Drop the table leaves again when not needed.
Drop the table leaves again when not needed.
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Follow these steps to apply glaze to painted furniture.

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