Monday, April 6, 2015

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover for $20 - How we did it and mistakes to avoid!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

When we were putting the finishing touches on our Dining Room Makeover, one thing really stood out. Our Dining Table didn't match this house. The last thing I was wanted to do was make over this table (again) after that hard work we've put in fixing up the kitchen. 

But something had to be done y'all.  It stuck out like a man in a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops at a fancy wedding. Not pretty!

I have been swooning over the tables I see at Restoration Hardware and Ballard Designs, but that new table was not in our budget. 

Here's how we made over our dining room table for $20 and leftover paint.
Dining Room Table Makeover for $150

We purchased our Dining Room table on Craigslist for $150 over 4 years ago and refinished it with the beautiful Mahogany/Cream two tone pictured above. You can click the photo for more details of the original refinishing. 

We loved the look of the table, but when we put it in our new home, it didn't look quite right.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

The original cream color had yellowed making the white more of a buttery cream.  It clashed so bad with all the white in the room and trim. 

So where did I go? Pinterest of course! I started searching for inspiration, like this one from Ballards.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Ballard Designs Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!
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Or this piece from Wayfair.  I love the dirty, chippy paint on the legs.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Wayfair Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!
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I wanted my top to be the gray wash that's so hot right now from Restoration Hardware.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

So with all three choices, I decided to combine them the best I could.  

First we had to sand down the top.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

We sanded the table top and seats of the chairs using an orbital sander to remove the initial stain and followed up a hand block sander for the fine finishing.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!


On our original table, we added distressing to give the top character. We made sure to keep those intact when we were sanding this second time.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

This one is my favorite! I took a huge screw and a rubber mallet and banged these marks on several spots on the table. It was a great stress release.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Make sure to use a tack cloth to get all the sanding dust off.



Valspar Signature Colors Half Pint Size Container Interior Eggshell Asphaltum Latex-Base Paint (Actual Net Contents: 8-fl oz)


Now for the stain, I wanted to go with a washed, worn look. I had some Valspar Antiquing Glaze on hand.

I watered it down and simply just wiped it on and let it soak in.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

First coat, still wet.
LOVE the character coming out.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

After it dried, you can tell that it's not nearly as dark as when it was wet, 
so I applied a second coat.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Much better!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

While the top was drying, we lifted the table and began to paint over the cream with white we had leftover from painting our closet interiors.

Don't judge my messy garage, y'all!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

I didn't completely cover it with paint since I knew I would be distressing and glazing the bottom with the same antique glaze. I purposely painted in varied stripes and patterns to add to that aged, weathered look.

It's all about Beauty in the Blemishes!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Now here's where I messed up. 

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details of why you shouldn't use paste wax on a dining table!

I had read online the ease and beauty of using paste wax on furniture. When we refinished the table top a few years back, the poly I used was a pain on pine and left tons of fisheyes in the finish.

Fisheyes are the evil, sappy spots that refuse to take stain or poly, so I wanted to opt for an easier option and I thought wax was it!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details of why you shouldn't use paste wax on a dining table!

It was a breeze to apply and will definitely use it one other pieces of furniture in the future, but after our first meal....

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details of why you shouldn't use paste wax on a dining table!

Okay, so I felt incredibly stupid. 

Wax + Heat are not friends. You can say it... DUH! I was so excited to use the table and almost cried after we ate a hot bowl of soup that naturally heats the china and left that ugly ring above.

Then.... ugh!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details of why you shouldn't use paste wax on a dining table!
*sigh* boys...

A couple of days later, after wiping the table after my messy, messy boys, I noticed that it wasn't just heat that ruined the wax, but anything acidic or oily.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

So I was back to square one, and sanded the wax off. I was able to keep most of the finish, but had to reapply one more coat of the Glaze/Water mixture. 

Finally the hero of the story arrived:

Minwax Pint Size Can Wipe-On Satin Polyurethane (Actual Net Contents: 16-fl oz)
source Lowes

This stuff made my day! 

Minx Wipe-on Poly, where have you been...or....where were you 4 years ago? 

No fisheyes, just a smooth, satiny surface. CRISIS AVERTED!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

It was a beautiful finish to my worn weathered look I was hoping to achieve, 
and now the final reveal:

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

I love the variegated effect the wash created.  It went from Red Mahogany, to a grayish worn top.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

The chairs were painted with Sherwin Williams Dovetail left over from our 

What a contrast of the before and after.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

The seats were stained with the same Glaze/Water mixture and poly'd as well.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

I glazed the chairs to match the weathered look.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

I think the legs turned out beautifully, much like the inspiration piece.

I took a planer type tool, scraped the sides and then glazed over them.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

And, my chandy looks gorgeous hanging above!

Beautiful antique brass chandelier hanging in this farmhouse dining room.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Adding a few farmhouse style elements tie in the vintage items throughout the room like this chicken wire salt and pepper holder with mason jar shakers.


Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

My heirloom vignette stands out beautifully in the corner 
opposite my Heirloom Hutch.

Farmhouse Style Table Makeover: Using gray tones, and distressing techniques, this amazing makeover is a Restoration Hardware Knockoff. Click the pic for more details!

From two toned to Farmhouse, I love the new look of my table and I only paid $20!

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41 comments :

  1. So beautiful. I love the make over. I am currently redoing my table as well. It so much fun to see a new project come together from an old piece. I found you on a link up party. Thanks sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much - can't wait to see how your table turns out. Be sure to share!

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  2. What an amazing transformation! You are really a trooper for all that sanding!!! You must be just thrilled with the new look :)
    I hope you will stop by my blog and join our Monday- Thursday link party Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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    1. HI Karen,
      I had such a fun time at your party this morning. I'm always amazed with what other bloggers are creating. Thanks for the invite - I had a blast!

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  3. That was a lot of work but y'all stuck with it and it turned out great!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  4. What a wonderful table you have now. I really need to do something about my table but hubby won't let me near with with a paint brush. grrr

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    1. Thank you Robin! My household wasn't too happy that I removed our table - especially when the big OOPS happened with the paste wax. But now they love it and we're all a happy bunch! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  5. I so enjoy seeing before and after pictures of a project. You have put together a great tutorial and your Farmhouse Table and chairs are just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy - Love linking up to your party every week!

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  6. Absolutely perfect! Your recovery was awesome ~ I'm so glad it all worked out in the end because your table is lovely. (And, you're right, boys ARE messy!) Here from Work it Wednesday ~ Have a great night!

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  7. As soon as I saw that paste wax, I thought... I hope she uses placemats! lol I'm so glad you found the other product. It turned out beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you Rue! The poly has been holding up wonderfully and I'm much happier with the finish than the paste wax.

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  8. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing all the info on staining. We're bringing a new dining set home this week (round pedestal and four chairs), and I hope I gather the courage for the makeovers I'm considering. The Minwax wipe on sounds great.
    Love your chandelier.
    Visiting via SYC.

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    1. Hi Marcia, Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to share your table makeover - if you have any questions, shoot me an email.

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  9. You did an amazing job Jen! Our table and chairs are much like yours and I've been so scarred to tackle them! Thanks for this post and tutorial!would love it if you shared it at our party on my blog please :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Kendra! I appreciate the invite and will definitely link up! Thanks so much for hosting. Best to you!

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  10. Looks great!! My husband works for Restoration Hardware and I drool over all of it (It's still too expensive with his discount ha). You did a great job achieving that look for sure!

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    1. Oooh! I couldn't work at RH - I'd spend all my paycheck there! LOL Thanks for the kudos - I'm really pleased with how it (finally) turned out!

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  11. What a wonderful redo! It looks beautiful! I would love if you would share this at Celebrate Link Party. It's all about celebrating our everyday lives! http://thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2015/04/celebrate-it-link-party.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite - Love to find new linky parties!

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  12. Love how it turned out! I would love a table like that in my dining room. Thanks for linking up at #HomeMattersParty

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  13. Glad to learn from your mistakes ;) I've been wanting to refinish our two tone farmhouse, and will probably get to it once it warms up. Pinning this for reference! Thanks for linking up with Best of the Weekend!

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  14. Great transformation Jen! You have a really beautiful home. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy to feature you at our party this morning!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature, Sharon!

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  15. Oh my goodness, I love it!! My husband and I are moving soon and our tiny kitchen table needs to be upgraded -- it would look really silly in our new dining room. A brand-new table is not in the budget, so I'm hoping to find something cheap on Craigslist that I can refinish. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Brittany! I'm constantly trawling Craigslist for steals - I hope you find yours!

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  16. This makeover looks fantastic! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  17. What a beautiful effect -it looks sooooo much better!

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  18. Wow your table Makeover looks Amazing! Tons of work I bet, but turned out beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, Deb - l love that you stopped by! Your dining table was an inspiration for me!

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  19. Amazing makeover! Now, if you will drop the chandelier to just 31" above the table top it will look much better!

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    1. Thank you so much, MAM! I debated about the chandelier height and actually consulted the web. My husband and I are both very tall and when it was at 31", it blocked our beautiful view from the bay window, so we adjusted the height to fit us. I'll probably lower it if we ever decide to sell the house.

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  20. I LOVE your table! My kitchen table looks a lot like yours did and is on my list of projects for the summer. Your dining room is gorgeous too! :)

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    1. Thanks Dee! You'll have to be sure to share with me how your table turns out. I appreciate you stopping by and hope your week is blessed!

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