Dining Table Update!
Hi friends! I am so excited to bring you this Dining Table Update! It was a fairly simple project and made such a beautiful impact on our dining room! Our dining table was black and was actually very pretty before this DIY. The thing that I didn't love about it was that it made the dining room feel heavy and formal. I really adore Restoration Hardwares limed wood finished dining tables, but definitely was not willing to spend that much money on a new table so I decided to give ours a high end look for less! For the full, detailed tutorial head over to the blog https://statelyhomelane.com/dining-table-update/ .
Here is a shot of the before. It's in great shape, and I really love the trestle style of the table. However, the color seems to be weighing down the space, and since I love a casual cottage feel, I decided it was time for a change. Lets get started with how I transformed this table!
I began by painting over the entire table in Annie Sloan's chalk paint in the color Pure White. Our table took 2 coats. Yours may take more or less depending on the starting color and how much paint you use. I like to do my coats with less paint to avoid dripping and running. It requires more coats, but the finished product is a smoother finish.
Next I dipped just the tip of my paint brush into Annie Sloan's chalk paint in the color French Linen. A little bit of paint is great. You can always build on what you've already done.
Holding your brush straight up and down you will start at one end of your table and drag the paint length-wise creating a wood grain look, adding more paint to your brush as needed. Continue to do these long strokes down your table until the table is covered. This is what it looked like after one coat of the French Linen.
i wanted more the the darker color so I added another coat of the French linen once my first coat had dried. You can see the difference in the picture above. The left side is after one coat and the right after two.
After the second coat of French Linen was dry on the entire table I finished off by using a clear wax over top. I used Annie Sloan's clear wax first (applying a very thin coat with an Annie Sloan wax brush), while that was still wet I used the dark wax in spots to add depth and make the "wood" look more realistic. I then buffed the entire surface of the table. If you aren't comfortable using chalk paint you could always polyurethane the table as well.
Here is what the tabletop looks like completed!
I absolutely love how this piece turned out and the way it has made the room feel so much brighter! Our dining space is so much more beautiful and casual!
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info
Top Hometalk Projects
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!Go