Grain Sack Dining Table

This gorgeous, rustic dining table was created by Cait from Little City Farmhouse with Cheesecake, Sea Storm, and Liquorice!
Hello! I am so excited to share my refinished dining room table with you! This is a project I have had swirling around in my head for so long. Finally one night I decided to just start it! I worked on the table over the course of several evenings.
Our table has seen two kids spend 9 years at it, so it is full of dings and dents. It has been a workhorse of a table for us – when I first started my business I did a lot of project painting in my dining room, and the table was definitely a catch-all for everything. It was beyond due for a refinishing! Here is how the table started out:
I really wanted the top of the table to look like an old worn out grain sack with a ton of character. The legs were still in great shape, and an almost exact match to Cheesecake, which was my basecoat colour for the top of the table, so I left them alone. I gave the top a light sanding and painted it in two coats of cheesecake. When it was dry, I measured and taped out lines to mimic those on a grainsack. I pressed down the tape really well and painted the stripes in two coats of the limited edition colour Sea Storm.
We decided on “Farmhouse & Co.” for the “brand” on the grainsack/table. I painted it on with Liquorice.
I let the table dry 24 hours, and then distressed it really well until I was happy with how it looked. I still wanted more character and to bring out the dings and dents and the character the table acquired over the last nine years! I wanted that light linen colour that a true grainsack would be. So I mixed clear glaze with limited edition colour Coastal Fog, and applied it in a semi-dry-brush method in a cross hatch pattern in small areas, wiping it off with a damp cloth. It worked perfectly! You can see the difference between the glazed finish (left) and the unglazed finish (right) here:
I let the table cure for 24 hours. Time for top coat! I used three coats of Tough Coat to seal the top. A lot of things happen at our table – there are usually board games and toys on it every day – so I wanted to make sure it had a really durable finish. In between coats I very lightly sanded with 220grit sandpaper in case there were any imperfections. This is not a necessary step, just a preference!
I absolutely love how my table turned out! It has a vintage feel, but it’s durable for everyday. It definitely makes a statement in our dining room!

Suggested materials:

  • Painters Tape
  • Tough Coat  (Country Chic Paint)
  • All-in-One Decor Paint  (Country Chic Paint)

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2 questions
  • Barb
    on Jul 1, 2017

    how do you apply the letters? are there stencils I could purchase?
    • Country Chic Paint
      on Jul 4, 2017

      Hi Barb,
      Some people like to use vinyl stickers or using chalk to "trace" lettering and paint by hand. You can also check out for a beautiful selection of stencils!
  • Sally Ann Lightell
    on Nov 11, 2019

    Think this would look ok on round top?

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