I am SO excited to have a brand spankin new makeover to share with you today, fabulous Friends!! I Iove how this one turned out! Working in my new organized garage (See that beauty HERE if you missed it.) made it so much easier to tackle this project!
In my garage reveal I shared a little peek at today’s project piece: a table I picked up just before the big move. I knew that for my eat-in kitchen area, I wanted a round table. I originally decided I would treat myself and go wild and buy a brand new set for that space.
Except when I went looking (online too), I just couldn’t do it. There were some pretty sets out there but none of them felt like “me”. I love a collected look…like pieces had been found over time, and put together in unexpected ways. (You know…because you found them all at thrift stores and yard sales and they were forced to play well together.)
So when I saw this solid oak pedestal table for $45 at the thrift store, I didn’t hesitate:
UPDATE 2022: I now use all Dixie Belle products to get this look, and you can see another white washed table using those procucts HERE!
I knew it could make a great kitchen table.
I had been so busy working on house stuff that I almost forgot that my day with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls was coming up. Luckily I had the perfect furniture piece! My friends are sharing furniture makeovers of their own today, so be sure to look for them at the bottom!
Are you ready for the big reveal??
Here ya go!
Isn’t she perty?? I’m including a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
It doesn’t even look like the same table!
I decided I would pair her with these two chairs I reupholstered in the Spring. (See their gross before photos and makeover HERE!)
I made the seat covers with zippers so they could easily be removed for washing. Now I’m on the hunt for two dining chairs with similar lines that just have upholstered seats that I can add the ticking to as well to create a coordinated set.
The top has a weathered feel now but without looking old and dirty…
I recently redid a sofa table very similarly (see it HERE) and I just love this look!
To achieve this weathered (but clean enough to eat off of) finish, I started by sanding the table top with my rotary sander using 100 grit sandpaper. Then I followed up with 220 grit to get a super smooth surface:
Then I used my shop-vac to remove the dust and wiped it down with a clean soft cloth. I added a coat of Minwax Wood Conditioner on the top surface, applying it with a clean soft cloth. This helps the stain to absorb evenly.
For the other two pieces I did this treatment to, I used a packet of powder called Driftwood Weathering Wood Finish. (UPDATE 2022: I now use Dixie Belle’s water based VooDoo Gel Stain in Up in Smoke to create this look! It gives a much nicer gray tone as a backdrop for the whtiewash.)
Next I watered down flat white enamel latex paint just a bit and then started brushing it on the surface, going with the grain. Then using a clean soft cloth, I removed the paint, being sure to stay in nice straight lines:
After the entire top was complete I went back and played with it a little, removing more paint in areas using a dampened cloth, and then adding more paint in areas where it needed more depth.
I love the end result:
I sealed the top with General Finishes High Performance topcoat in a flat finish. I usually use polycrylic by Minwax but I wanted a more flat finish so I gave this a try. It worked really great. Three coats with a light sanding in between each coat did the trick . I applied it with my favorite brush found HERE for applying poly/topcoats.
It says flat, but it leaves just the slightest sheen…
For the base of the table, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. I had originally ordered it to update my dining table and chairs and hutch since it requires no topcoat, and figured I’d just use it on the base of this table since I didn’t have any of my DIY chalk paint already mixed in white.
Some said it will not yellow over white paint, and others said it would. I added a coat over the sides of the table top to try it out and it did yellow slightly. You can actually tell a bit if you look at the photos again. I will need to add another coat of the Fusion on top of that.
This was my first attempt at photographing furniture in the new house, and it wasn’t too bad. These tall windows in my kitchen let in a ton of natural light which really helps!
I feel like I should have my living room organized and styled by now since that was one of the first rooms I painted. The floors are already done in there as well, but we were debating about hanging the TV above the fireplace. Neither of us really wanted it there, but the furniture placement was really awkward, so above the fireplace it went:
As you can see the bookcases still aren’t styled and we have yet to hide the cord from the TV to the cable box, but it is progress!
Now for my Furniture Fixer Upper friends’ makeovers! Visit the afters of these treasures at the links below the image!
I am putting the finishing touches on our downstairs guest bath:
Then our first room in our new house will be complete! I’ll be back to share that on Tuesday! 🙂
UPDATE: Check out how I updated this bathroom HERE now!
Have a fantastic weekend!!
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