Last week I shared about all the things that have been thrifted or repurposed in our home here. One of my favorite repurposing projects was our dining room table. Originally it was a Craigslist find and last year I decided to paint it with bright white chalk paint.
I really went back and forth over the color and whether the white would be too much, but honestly it has become one of my favorite stand out pieces in our home. Don’t be afraid to try something a little risky when decorating! The process was pretty simple and took several steps but was a smooth project overall.
I have shared other chalk paint projects for my dresser here and our coffee table here. These will both be great tutorials to read up on if you are deciding to try this on your furniture. I would recommend giving them a look because they share some things I learned with trial and error.
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But to achieve the specific distressed look of this table I wanted to share the basic steps with you today.
For materials I used…
- Folk Art Chalk Paint in both Java Brown and Adirondack White
- To seal I used the same Folk Art brand varnish
Here is how I painted this table…
- I wiped the table down with a damp lint free cloth.
- I applied one coat of the brown to the entire table. I did this because the original stain was very orange and when sanded, I wanted a darker brown to show through. As a result you can see all the brown stains where it is distressed and it is a pleasant surprise!
- I then applied 2 full coats of the white paint and then finished with a 3rd watered down coat to finish.
- After everything had adequetly dried I took my sandpapers (shared in this post) and gave a light distressing. I wanted it to look worn but not overly worn.
- I sealed the entire piece with 3 coats of varnish and it has held up incredible!
I know that sometimes I get funny looks from people when we have so much neutral in a house with little children running around – but it hasn’t been a problem for us. When spills/accidents happen we are quick to clean up but it isn’t a big deal. We use placemats and still enjoy our red spaghetti dinners – ha!
Chalk paint is such a forgiving material to use and I just love that most of the time very little prep is involved!
It is always nice to try it out on something smaller, just so you can get used to how it feels and how it glides on your brush.
I hope this helps answer any questions you may have about this table and that for a simple thrifted or Craigslist find you can give furniture a whole new look for a low price!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Susan Shipe says
LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Susan thank you SO much – hope you have wonderful day!!
Tess S. says
You’ve done a beautiful job!!! Quite a few steps but worth it!
Thank you so much Tess! I appreciate you stopping by!
jovy holman says
so so beautiful!! worth of your time, I will try to do the same thing on our table, we do have the same style , so let’s see! thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Jovy, that sounds like fun and I hope you enjoy! I am sure it will be beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by~
Joanna Kelly says
It is beautiful. I am wondering where to find your wicker chairs?
Hi Joanna, thank you so much! These are from Ikea and they are wonderful – comfortable/affordable =)
Hi! love the table, i want to do the same thing!! did you happen to sand after each coat of the white? or just after the third coat?
Hi Jessica – thank you! I only sanded after the third coat… =)
Hi! I love your blog! I’ve been eyeing your dining table for a long time and am about to attempt! Did you apply Zinsser after the stain to prevent it seeping thru the white paint? Also, my table already has a dark stain, should I still sand it down first? Thank you!