Jillian Bradley
Jillian Bradley
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  • Glastonbury, CT
Asked on Oct 7, 2017

How to paint that rustic farmhouse style

Linda SikutNancyBijous


So i’m gonna buy a table at a tag sale this weekend and need some help on doing the improvements. Seems like most people on here use the currently popular chalk paint for everything but I don’t have it. I was hoping to just use the leftover gallons I have in the basement. I think we have eggshell white for the walls and some grey-blue outdoor deck paint.

My questions are can I use these/what would you use? Do I need to strip off the top layer clear coat? I know I‘ll need to do some sanding to make the rusticness appear but how important is sanding in the beginning before painting?

thanks for all your diyer help
q how to paint that rustic farmhouse style
6 answers
  • Linda Sparks
    on Oct 7, 2017

    A thorough cleaning is very important before painting. I don't recommend using wall paint. The chalk paint is best to use for furniture. You can look on YouTube to make your own chalk paint
    (out of your wall paint).
  • FL
    on Oct 7, 2017

    You need to do some sanding (while wearing a mask) so that the paint you use can make a good bond with the surface of the table. Using a primer coat will also help. I amot housepaint and outdoor deck paint will work together or even separately on th I think either way you need a good clear sealing coat
    on the table being wiped and spilled on over time.
  • Bijous
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Hi Jillian, are your paints both acrylic or both oil? If one is oil and one acrylic, it's hard to mix these two mediums (and best left to pros). Primer is a must, and old paints can always be used to get the effect you want. But -- practice first. Take a piece of plywood, primer well and practice. Once you get the look down, start on the table. You'll be happy you did.
  • Nancy
    on Oct 7, 2017

    Hey Jillian! We just did this sort of thing. The top our table is oak, and was in really bad shape. I washed it down with a solution of vinegar and Dawn to remove surface dirt and any grease. I very lightly sanded it and put a coat of clear stain to bring out the grain. It looked so go...so I decided to just finish the top with butcher's wax. I chalk painted the legs and butcher waxed them too. Here is a pic of the finished table. Hope this has inspired you!
  • Linda Sikut
    on Oct 7, 2017

    If you are set on using the paint that you have, I would use the eggshell on the legs and the gray blue on the table top. A primer will make the paint stick as will sanding. You don't have to sand it hard, just enough to scuff up the finish so that the paint sticks. After you distress it to look the way you want it to look, you should seal it with at least 3 coats of poly to protect your work. Hope that helps.
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