Occasionally friends and family call me when they have furniture pieces they no longer need. A friend of mine was moving and had an old barn full of what she considered “junk”. She sent me a picture of a wood table and 6 chairs and told me it was headed to the landfill. I said “No! Wait!”. I had been waiting for an old table to show you how to redo a farmhouse table and give you some new dining table makeover ideas.
Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover Before
I wanted to test out some strippers on this table top. You can see the condition of this table, it needed some serious help. After testing regular stripper and Citrisrip, I’ve decided the Citristrip is my new favorite! Smells great and works like a charm! I stripped the entire table and all 6 chairs. That was a major undertaking, but well worth it once I saw the completed project.
Sanding the Top of the Table for a New Stain
Remove the excess stripper with mineral spirits and then some water and let the wood completely dry. After that, start the sanding process. I used a belt sander and 180 grit sandpaper to strip the stain down and followed up with 220 grit to smooth it out. Sometimes the 220 works great, but this table had a heavy topcoat that needed to be stripped down to bare wood for the staining process. We used a smaller palm sander to get into the cracks and crevices.
Staining The Table with Grey Stain
I wanted a “Restoration Hardware” type finish on the top. To achieve this I used Rustoleums “Driftwood” stain. Then, I took some Minwax “Dark Walnut” stain and diluted it about half and half with mineral spirits. I applied this mixture directly onto the Driftwood and immediately wiped it away. I didn’t want a dark stain. Only to add some dimension to the gray.
How to Paint a Farmhouse Table
I painted the base and chairs with Maison Blanche “Maison White” chalk based paint and distressed. Again, using a plan sander and 220 grit sandpaper. I love the look that sanding down chalk paint provides. With most chalk paint, you can also do what’s called a wet distress. So, if you don’t have sand paper, you can use a wet cloth and achieve a similar look. I sealed all pieces with polyacrylic using two coats and allowing a 24 hour dry time between them.
I use polyacrylic instead of polyurethane because it is less likely to yellow over time. Since I tend to use light colored paint on most projects, it’s important that I use clear sealants.
Steps for Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover:
- Strip the table with stripper
- Clean off with mineral spirits
- Wipe down again with water
- Let dry completely
- Sand with heavy and then again with fine grit sand paper
- Stain the top
- Paint the base
- Distress the paint
- Seal the piece
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Farmhouse Dining Table Projected Completed
Here’s the project completed. This set is all real wood and made to last. This is why I prefer to paint older pieces. Newer furniture, often times, is made from particle board and will not hold up to this kind of makeover. I only had it for a week before it sold! This was a lot of fun and I’m always learning something new with every piece I paint! I hope this tutorial helps you learn how to turn your own table into a farmhouse table.
I used similar techniques on this farmhouse style fireplace mantel makeover.
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