Thursday, June 14, 2012

From old to New...dinning room table

So my style has a made a drastic change from when we first got married. it had always been rustic but way more Mediterranean. Now, well you can see its not so Mediterranean. I still think that style is great but just doesn't fit me anymore :)
 Well when we got married 11 years ago we got our table from Pier one and spent a pretty penny on it. well that and the 8 chairs we got to fit our big family one day. We lived in a tiny apartment and made it fit where ever we went through the 11 years :) but even though we made it fit in our house's it was not fitting in our style anymore. So i had found our other dinning room table for 25 bucks and made that work. All the while keeping our old table in the garage.
 Well we have 4 kids and that smaller table was not working anymore. SOO i got up the courage to redo THE table. i went back and fourth on what i should do and after some trial a error, finally settling on good old faithful white lol. So here is the how to of our table.
Keep in mind i need to finish the chairs still but just haven't gotten to it yet and didn't want to wait anymore to share it with y'all :)

*First my wonderful hubby sanded down the heavily waxed top (yay cause im not a fan of doing that)
He used a heavy grit first then a fine grit to smooth it out. 

* then i did the vinegar treatment on it. I probably did at least 5 coats on it letting it dry in between. 

*then it was time to paint the bottom. this was the trail and error part lol.
i first painted some blackish grey on a few spots i wanted to show through and then put Vaseline on a few spots so when i painted over it and then distress the piece it looks more chipped in the areas where the paint didn't adhere.

*so we wanted to do a kinda grey so i mixed a few paints together. i mainly use chalk paint now but i had some flat latex paint left so i made a kinda chalk paint using flat paint, some blue chalk paint and adding black milk paint powder to tint and make it stick more like chalk paint, it worked but i did not like the blue color it turned out to be for this piece

* i didn't like it so much that i don't have a picture to show ha. but the great thing about paint is you can just paint over it and then there are even more layers :) which i love. so i then used old white chalk paint to paint on over it. i always water down my chalk paint a bit i like it to be thinner to work with. 

 *Now to distress it i used a scrapper and sandpaper or block or sander.
I love how the two colors show through now. see mistakes can be a good thing :)

I chose not to wax the bottom of this piece since i love the worn look and don't mind if it gets more worn ;) 

* i then 3 coats of pure pure mineral oil on the table 

*I wanted to to be sealed more so i got the wax out put a couple coats on it.

and finally after lots of layers and hard work as all tables are its finished :) 
hope you enjoy the picture (with some of the dinning room too)

This is our first house in weaverville ca with the table in the back... the only before one i could find ha

and just a funny one of Isabella... mom stop now!! 
dont you guys love my dirty floors too ;) you cant win em all hehe

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Bethany said...

Looks GREAT Leah!!! You are amazing. And no one can see your dirty floors! :)

Heather Armstrong said...

Oh I love your home!!!! It is so beautiful! You are so so creative & how you can do everything is just beyond inspiring!

Faux Pas Farm Gal said...

I love this table!! You did an excellent job!

chateau chic said...

I love how your table turned out. It looks great.
I'm happy to be a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

Katie Riddle said...

I adore this! You are so gifted!

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

This is gorgeous! I'm just waiting for a new/old table to be delivered so I can do the same thing!!

Jan said...

I'm visiting from At the Picket Fence. I can't believe it's the same table! Love love love the worn white on the legs AND the oiled/waxed natural top looks fabulous. Just the right touch of "color" and texture. Actually, I think you should leave some of the chairs in the natural wood color, liking how the room looks as you photographed it above. There is such a thing as too much white!

Inspired by you said...

It looks great! My dust bunnies are almost ready to attack. Your floors don't look dirty.

ChristyA said...

I agree, you are gifted!!! looks amazing! :o) So glad to see a new post. Thanks for sharing!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

It looks just beautiful! You did a fantastic job with it and your photos are gorgeous! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!

Lacey J said...

I would love to contact you. I found your blog searching for ways to redo my Pier One table. I have the EXACT set! How did you get rid of the hardware on the side of the table? I was wondering if I should cover it with tape or remove it. Also, what does the vinegar treatment do? Any help or advice you could offer would be so helpful. LOVE your table redo, can't wait to see what you do with the chairs!

Francine said...

I love this table transformation!!!
New follower, Francine

Brandi said...

Your table is stunning! Such a gorgeous makeover!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the table is awesome, but the whole room is just gorgeous and light and bright!

Rebecca said...

The top of that table is just gorgeous! I also love the distressing with the different colors coming through also. What a great way to reuse furniture!

Anonymous said...

Leah,you are amazing and if you keep this up,you will remain fit and trim and will never be fat which is a great thing.