farm table gone coastal :: REVISED

In a few weeks we will be putting our house back on the market.

This means two things.

1. I will be constantly cleaning and picking up behind my boys in an effort to not let things get too out of control so I don't have to run around like a mad woman trying to make the place look presentable before a prospective buyer comes by.

Whew, that was a mouthful.

2. Any big projects on my mental list will be put on hold as I am thinking it's not appealing to have my buffet sitting atop a drop cloth, partially primed, with all manner of paint supplies scattered about. Sigh.

So, when I saw Layla's table, my heart went aflutter and I knew what I had to do. One last painting project.

I wanted to give our farm table a new look.

It's a great table. Super sturdy and can take any and all abuse my boys throw at it. I know some people, Didi, will think painting it was a bad idea. But I was bored by it and really wanted to lighten it up. I'm really drawn to driftwood looks but have been too nervous to attempt it.

Then Layla at the Lettered Cottage did hers. And she gave a great tutorial!

With one exception, I followed her suggestions to the letter.

Here's what I did.
Sanded her down. I had some help with that part.

That's a spider man face painted on Spinner's cheek. He got it at Home Depot, of all places. We went in to pick up a couple things and turns out they were having a festival of sorts. Face painting, popcorn, hula hooping, balloons, music and dancing, and kids workshops. Go figure. So, fun times at Home Depot.

And, of course, being the dangerous work that sanding is Tank insisted on wearing his helmet.

After sanding it down to a nice smooth finish (I did not sand the legs) I applied a coat of poly. Poly first, you say? I wondered the same thing. It's so the color the poly gives it will show through rather than the raw, sanded wood color.

While the poly dried I painted the legs. I mixed some heavy cream Behr paint I had on hand with some white until I got the color I wanted.

After the poly was dry I used a mixture of paint and water (50/50) and put a coat on top. When that dried I dry brushed about 5 coats or so. This is where I veered a bit from Layla. Around the fourth coat of dry brushing I added a touch of mocha glaze to what was on my brush. I was wanting to darken it up just a smidge. Once that was dry I sanded until I got a look I was happy with.

Then I used Deft furniture protector stuff. I know it has an official name but I can't remember it. It's a lacquer rather than a poly. Then I sanded it a little more to remove some of the shine. It is supposed to look like a piece of driftwood, afterall. I'll let you be the judge of whether I achieved that look or not.

I am liking how it turned out. It's a big change. When we move we will go with different wall colors so I am looking foward to pulling together the whole look I have in mind. At some point. In some yet-to-be determined home. For now, I have to get this place cleaned up. The realtor's are coming over to photograph.

Revised :: 2.25.10
Okay, so after living with this table for two days I decided the top wasn't quite right. My desire for a driftwood, rustic look just didn't come through as well. It was nice but not quite enough contrast between the table top and the base.

Pastor J liked it but, being the awesome hubs that he is, was fine with me tweaking it. He's getting used to this and let's me have my fun without too much protest over the disruption of removed furniture and general dismay when I am in the middle of a project while keeping up with the boys.

The table top really started bugging me Tuesday night. I could barely get through the night. It was all I could do to keep  myself from getting up at 2am when I woke thinking about how I would achieve the look I wanted. I was so anxious to get it right. After dropping the kids off on Wednesday morning I came home and got to work. Here is what I ended up with.

I'm not sure if the difference comes through very well in the photo. But it is different. Looks more like an old piece of wood dragged out of a trash pile. Which is what I wanted.

I like the contrast between the top and base much better.
Here's what I did.
Totally trial and error.

I sanded it down a bunch. 50 grit, followed by 80 grit, then 120 grit to smooth it out a bit. I didn't sand it clean. It was patchy. With various shades of white still as well as various shades of the original wood showing through.  Also did some distressing of my own by using the edge of the sander to give it some real rough looking places. Then I grabbed some stain, Early American tint, and covered it all. I wasn't sure this would give me what I wanted but I was determined to use what I had on hand. I like how it turned out.

I was afraid the stain would make the white that was coming through look dingy but it gave it a nice warm brown look which looks great agains the darker brown of the original wood that received the stain. I also dry brused a little black paint (flat spray paint to be exact, cause that's what I had) around the corners and randomly around the edges.

Once my mom came by to give me a much needed second opinion I applied Deft for a protective finish.

And now, I'm happy with it and can move on with my life.

Left is the final-re-do, right was the first re-do


My name is Sarah said...

You did a great job. I like the table.

Ctina said...

cool...although I think you forgot the links to the other blogs. Maybe its just my computer...hmm....

Stacy said...

The links will come up one at a time this week as those blogs "host" their furniture linky parties. First up is today with Cottage Instincts ending Sat. with Funky Junk. Stay tuned. :)

And thanks for the compliments!

Greg said...

Stacy, really like what you created!

Cha Cha said...

Great job, I saw hers and have been wondering if I have the nerve to tell my husband that I want to try it, hmmmm. I better finish up all the other things first I think it would make him more agreeable. You did a great job and I am bookmarking you so I can show him, thanks for sharing.

Cha Cha

Kirsty said...

Stacy, I love this! You did a fantastic job! I love that you used a little mocha in there. It looks amazing!

Design Wanna-be said...

I swear I don't know how you have time to do all this painting!!! It looks great!

Becolorful said...

Love this. You really did a nice job. It looks so fresh and current. Thanks for posting.

molly susan strong said...

You did a very good job. All your labor (and your boys) really shows. I am a decorative painter and I always "cheat" by mixing paint in my matte finished polyurethane! This is the real deal here!

Betty Whatley said...

Excellent job on your table. Loved the ideas that you gave. I love doing different things with furniture and yours were very helpful. Your blog is on my favorite list. Can't wait to see what else is coming.

Bungalow'56 said...

you're amazing! This looks great. My sister has a similar table and wants to create this effect. I will be sending her your link for sure. Moving...did I miss something? Think of all the projects in your future.
Take care,

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful piece of furniture!

I hope you will stop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love it! I love your revised version... much more depth to it with the dark shades. Enjoy your new-to-you table & I hope your house sells quickly and easily. Thanks for linkin' up to the POPP.

Linda said...

Girl...that was a lot of hard work but worth every minute of's sooooo stunning...luv it! Hop over and enter my CASH GIVEAWAY...I think yu will like it:) Hope you have a FUN weekend!


Lisa said...

What a gorgeous table! Looks like it was a lot of hard work, but well worth it! Good luck selling your house. I know it can be a major pain in the tush trying to keep the place looking perfect all the time.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my gosh, I love this! The outcome that you were going for, I can feel it! I'm eyeing up my oak special. I think it's in trouble. :)

Bookmarking this one! Thanks for the tute and going over what went wrong too. I had to smile when you couldn't sleep. BEEN there!

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

Dawn said...

Your table looks great! I have the same one and now you've given me some great inspiration!

Best of luck with the sale of your house!!!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

The top has a very cool look. Faux finishes are like that...they take a lot of tweaking and reworking until it looks just right. I loved your 2 am desire to get up and work on your table. That happens to me a lot! :)

Jessica said...

I am repainting my kitchen table, and I have to say... I have table envy!

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