Rustic Farmhouse Table Using Paint and Glaze

If I was being kind I would describe this table as having a maple finish. But the truth of the matter is it was downright filthy and was covered in grime, soot, sticky something, etc. But the price was right at $8, so I shelled out the cash and brought it home.
I had to clean and disinfect the table before I could even take a before picture! I planned to give it a rustic farmhouse look, so the first step was to sand the top smooth.
I debated whether to stain the top or paint it, but in the end I decided to paint it.
I painted the base of the table in Duck Egg Blue and used 220-grit sandpaper to distress the paint.
For the top I applied a thin coat of Old White to get a translucent finish.
Then I applied an uneven coat of a contrasting color, Coco, to add some dimension to the overall finish. Next I hand sanded the top to diminish the contrast and blend the colors.
I applied a coat of soft clear wax and then applied decorative glaze. This step is a little scary at first!
I wiped off the glaze until I got the look I wanted. The glaze is very easy to work with, especially over a waxed finish.
Now the table is clean and fresh, but it still has a time worn look! The table has a smaller footprint which makes it perfect for small spaces. The drop leaves can be extended when extra space is required. I'm currently searching for some chairs to pair with the table.
Despite using multiple colors, it still has a neutral color scheme.
If you're interested in achieving a similar look, then I'd like to invite you to stop by my blog for more photos, instructions, and a detailed supply list.

Suggested materials:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & soft clear wax
  • Orbital sander & various sandpaper
  • Decorative glaze, foam brush & shop towels

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  • Erin
    on Jul 22, 2017

    I have a table like this with ladder back chairs. If you had chairs, would you paint them to match the base of the table? Thank you
    • Sue
      on Mar 27, 2019

      I would paint Same as table top. With a hint of the blue an the back, and leg of the chair

  • Ket Thomas
    Ket Thomas
    on Mar 20, 2019

    After you achieved the “look”, could you apply a few coats of polyurethan (light sanding inbetween)? I’d love you use your method in my dining table but need a strong finish/sealer to prevent damage.

    • Patricia
      on Mar 20, 2019

      Yes I think a few coats of poly with sanding would work very well to further protect the finish. Good luck with your project Ket!

  • Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson
    Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson
    on Dec 30, 2019

    This piece had bleed through written all over it. Did you use a stain blocker or anything?

    • Donna J Southwick
      Donna J Southwick
      on Sep 6, 2020

      The only time I’ve experienced significant bleed through when working with a wooden table, is when it’s mahogany. It’ll turn anything you do to it a light pink as you’re working on it, so often I will use a blocking paint as my base, but I’ve not found it any of the other words bleed through the way mahogany does.

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