A few weeks ago I invited a dear friend over to get messy with some chalk paint in the workshop. While she was busy giving her wooden candlesticks a white wash, I was busy transforming some littles for the market. My Farmhouse Side Table caught her eye from the next room and so much for taking it to the market because she bought it on the spot.
This is what the table looked like before...
I knew underneath all that brown paint there was a gem of a table top waiting to be loved. I liked that the legs and skirt were painted brown because it would make a perfect base color for distressing.
The first thing I did was strip the paint off the table top and it wasn't an easy task. It took two afternoons to get it back to the original wood, which included using an orbital sander to remove the final bits of paint.
But once I applied a single coat of Dark Walnut stain, my hard work paid off!
I love how it brought out the beautiful grain of the wood.
The base was painted with chalk paint in the color Vanilla Frosting by Country Chic Paint. It's a soft creamy white that paired so beautifully with the dark top.
I was singing when I noticed that the white paint brought out the worm holes in the wood.
See some of the old brown paint color peeking from underneath?
Rather than my usual clear wax method of protecting furniture, I applied Hemp Oil by Miss Mustard Seed over the chalk paint and the stained top.
As I write today's post, this lovely Farmhouse Side Table is on a journey in the back of a moving van to its new home on Vancouver Island. It's owners, our dear friends, will be sorely missed.
...and now I'm on the hunt for another table just like it.
I've painted a couple of this style table in the color Arles and they were quick sellers. I must admit, after doing this makeover, that I prefer them painted in white. You can visit those posts here at Arles & Dark Walnut Table Makeover and Painted Oak Side Table.
Which color do you prefer?
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