Dining table second makeover (how to paint furniture)
Two years ago I took on a slightly daunting task of sanding down a highly polished mahogany dining table (which I purchased from a charity shop for £30). Although “daunting” was not the word that came to my mind when planning it! As this was our only table and we had to use it on a daily basis, it took me (and my occasional helper) quite a long time to get to the look I wanted. But after few weeks of doing a little bit every day (I guess an equivalent to two full days), and much more satisfying painting (in the so very popular then – colour grey) our dining table was looking so much different! And that for a fraction of the price of a new one in similar style.
Time passed and although the table was still looking good (thanks to good paint and wax combination), I felt like I needed a change and therefore I came up with another dining table makeover. As all the hard work was already done two years ago the table only needed a new coat of paint.
Ok, so there’s something you may already know about me, but in case you’ve missed it – I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH DARK COLOURS!!! The obsession started only few months ago but it’s true what they say, when you come to the dark side you will never want to go back! And so my house is slowly and inevitably turning from white to dark with every next project. And if you still one of those people who think that small houses that lack natural light should be all painted in “brilliant white”, you couldn’t be any more wrong. (All the secrets of how to successfully add dark colours to your house will be explained in here).
So armed with a brush, sanding paper, paint in graphite and a white wax I started my dining table’s second makeover.
I began by giving a table top a quick sanding down session (it actually needed it after one of my oopsie moments while working on one of my previous projects).
Next I wiped the table top clean and treated it with a coat of Annie Sloan White Wax. I’m sure you all know by now that I’m not one to shy away from painting wood even the strangest colours but we’ve put so much hard work into sanding down the table in the first place that it just didn’t feel right to paint it all over now. Besides this white wax is absolutely amazing (if you haven’t tried yet, you should). It gives white washed effect as well as protection (obviously!). The secret to applying a wax is that you should only apply a little bit at a time, rub it with a cloth and if necessary apply another coat until you’re happy with the effect.
When I was happy with the top, I then moved my attention to this massive, beautiful leg. It was already painted in Annie Sloan French Grey, which was great because I could use it as my base coat.
For my top coat I chose Graphite, which depending on the light could easily be confused with black. Now, I know I’ve been using this colour quite a lot lately, but it only shows how I’m trying to use every single drop from the tin (in case you were wondering what I normally do with the leftovers – well… there aren’t any paint leftovers in this house!). And besides I felt like my kitchen needed some darker shades too (no, not fifty shades darker, just darker!!!)
As you can see from the photo my top coat of paint was not perfect, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re planning on giving it a distressed look. As the next thing to do is to rub it down with a fine sanding paper or a sanding block.
TIP – APPLYING A COAT OF CLEAR WAX BEFORE SANDING DOWN WILL PREVENT ALL THE DUST!!! (WHICH I DIDN’T DO AS YOU CAN SEE)
I then wiped the whole table clean (and cleaned all the mess from the floor) and was ready to finish it off with a coat of clear wax.
Finally my dining table’s second makeover was complete!!! All that was left to do was to dress the table (after rather lengthily floor cleaning) and enjoy it…
Did you try any similar projects recently? Let me know, I would love to hear…