Who’s up for a furniture makeover?? Today’s project is the perfect piece to share how to apply sealer with a sponge! I made a video and everything…it is so much easier! I’ll also be linking to another quick video sharing how I got the whitewash finish I’m sharing today, so be on the lookout for that also.
Amazing friends, be sure to look for my Furniture Fixer Upper crew’s projects at the bottom also!
My project for today is this drop leaf table that I am suffering from a slight bought of amnesia over:
I have zero recollection where or when I found it or how much I paid for it! I’m pretty sure it moved with us two years ago, and it may have been a yard sale find, but I’m totally fuzzy on that.
I knew when I pulled it into this haul that I wanted to whitewash the top of it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
My fellow Furniture Fixer Upper (I was about to turn that into an acronym, but that didn’t look very nice lol) gal pal, Denise from Salvaged Inspirations shared a stunning gateleg drop leaf table a few months back, and when I saw the stain she used, I thought it would be a great base for a whitewash treatment and was anxious to give it a try.
First, here is how this table turned out:
I’m pleased to say the Up in Smoke gel stain worked great as a base for whitewashing!
The top of this table was pretty scratched up before, so I started this makeover by sanding the top using my rotary sander:
I started with the underside of the table and the base, priming them with BOSS sealer and stain blocker in white:
I knew this table with its red undertones would be a bleeder, so I started off right by sealing in those pesky tannins. I gave it two coats and let it dry overnight. It worked fantastically!
Then I painted the underside and base in FLUFF:
Fluff is more of a vintage-looking white than a bright white. It usually covers in just two coats.
Stain to prep for whitewash
Then I flipped it over and started on the top with Up in Smoke Voodoo Gel Stain:
I like that it comes in a squirt bottle which makes it really easy to apply, I squirted it on and wiped it off with a clean cotton cloth. (**Be sure to give it a good shake before applying just like any stain.) This table has red undertones, so I didn’t quite remove all of the gray stain. And after the first coat was dry, I added another:
My goal was to get more of a gray base while still allowing some of the wood grain to show through. For the whitewash effect I was after, I watered down Fluff with one part water to two parts Fluff and applied it with a brush, working in sections…
Then I went back with a damp cotton rag and wiped it back off. I tried to work in straight lines across with the grain of the wood.
I added a bit more water to my rag to blend it in a bit more when I was done. You can keep adding paint or water until you get a look you like.
I created a video sharing how I applied this technique to a step stool that you can see in this post HERE.
How to Apply Sealer with a Sponge
I very lightly sanded the top and then to seal, I used Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin.
Here’s the video I promised showing how I applied it with DB’s blue sponge applicator:
(If you have any trouble viewing the video, you can view it on my YouTube channel.)
One coat should be sufficient, but I gave just the top two coats for extra protection. I don’t think this table will get daily heavy use as a kitchen table might, however, if that were the case, I would have used Gator Hide instead. I would apply it the very same way.
This table looks great paired with my dining room chairs!
The rug was a lucky HomeGoods find and works perfectly in here.
I wish I’d have taken a photo of our dining table smashed into the opening of the kitchen just to the right of this photo lol.
The original drawer had a dated brass pull that I replaced with this pretty glass one from Hobby Lobby…
The inside of the drawer got a pretty paper liner…
This is Martha Stewart wrapping paper I spied at TJ Maxx. It had a nice weight to it, so I thought it might be pretty for drawers like this that won’t get a lot of heavy use. It is held in place with double-sided tape.
Here’s a better look at this paint color…dreamy!
Don’t forget…there are five more furniture flips from my friends to see today!
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I hope you enjoyed these makeovers! I know I enjoyed finally completing this mystery table!
If you missed any from this haul so far, see them all below!
I’ll meet y’all back here Tuesday sharing what I did with this wicker chair:
And I promise I didn’t leave it white! 😀
UPDATE: See what color I chose for this cute chair HERE!
Have a great weekend!!
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