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June 2, 2016

A Farmhouse Side Table Makeover

A few months ago Mr. Frugalista came home with a solid wood table that had seen it's better days.  I instantly fell in love with the old battered top and knew I could make it sing.  My intention was to sell it at the outdoor market last month.

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.

White chalk painted farmhouse side table makeover

This is what the table looked like before...

A farmhouse side table makeover Before

Farmhouse Side Table Makeover


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.

Stripping paint from a farmhouse table top to stain

But once I applied a single coat of Dark Walnut stain, my hard work paid off!

Farmhouse side table top stained in dark walnut

I love how it brought out the beautiful grain of the wood.

Wood grain farmhouse table top stained in dark walnut

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.

Farmhouse side table painted in the color Vanilla Frosting

See some of the old brown paint color peeking from underneath?

Imperfections add character to farmhouse side table makeover

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.

Dark Walnut stain and White chalk paint Farmhouse Side Table makeover

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.

Close up of Farmhouse side table makeover

...and now I'm on the hunt for another table just like it.

White and Dark Walnut Stained Farmhouse Side Table

If you enjoyed this Farmhouse Table makeover, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Thrift store Farmhouse Side Table Before and After

I've given similar style farmhouse tables makeovers but not in white. They were both quick sellers but I have to admit, after doing this makeover, I prefer them painted white. Here are links to those two farmhouse tables painted in a mustard color starting with my Arles & Dark Walnut Table Makeover and Painted Oak Side Table.

For more Farmhouse style inspiration, check out my Farmhouse Bench With Inlaid Wood Slats and Farmhouse Cane Back Dining Chair.


I'd love to hear what color you prefer this table painted, white or yellow?

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