Our kitchen update has been a slow and not-so-steady process. I’ve had a million ideas and projects run through my head- and, so far, the only one that has gotten done was our painted brick wall– which was done last fall. While we wait to have enough money to paint the strip and paint the cabinets- and do something with the ugly countertops I decided to tackle the kitchen table! I originally wanted to paint this farmhouse table last winter- shortly after the brick wall was painted- but life got in the way for quite some time.
This piece was given to me by my parents when they moved and- thankfully- the table didn’t fit into their apartment. My mom told me that she picked this up at an antique store years ago, and I’ve been eyeing it ever since. Because our floors are so dark- which I hate!- I really wanted to lighten the table up so it stands out more and lucky for me I had plenty of leftover Americana chalky paint in Everlasting (exactly enough to paint the table and do a few touch ups- it was meant to be!)
Because this table was quite beat up and the years of wear and tear stripped off almost all of the varnish/finish, my only preparation was cleaning the table and laying down a sheet to protect my floors.
To reduce brush lines I thinned down the paint with water after my first two coats of paint were on- and be sure to use a very fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand between layers for a smooth finish!
Once everything was dry finish off the table with a few coats of creme wax. I did clear wax, but if you wanted to antique the table a dark or medium brown would look beautiful!
I didn’t paint the chairs since I am hoping we won’t have them for much longer. I’ve got my eye on these cuties from Target- I hear they are way more comfortable than they look!
One thing I didn’t do to this table was refinish the top. I just couldn’t let go of the dents, scratches, and water marks and paint splotches from years of us kids and family (and of course families before us) using this table. I also think it adds extra character- and makes it look more unique. Cyle isn’t a big fan of leaving it unfinished like it is- but I love it. What do you think? Should I finish the top or leave the character?
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