It’s been quite a while since my last post, but I wanted to publish my latest DYI project so I could share on Pinterest. Maybe this will help those looking to transform a furniture piece without a lot of steps. That was my mission and I’m fairly pleased with the outcome as this was my first every painting project!
I acquired this beautiful solid wood (I think oak?) table from a co-worker who was moving and needed to get rid of a few things. I also recently got an apartment with a dining space which I’ve never really had before so I needed to find a table to fill the space without spending an arm and a leg.
Here are the very simple steps I took:
- Sanded with the grain
- Painted with the grain one section at a time
- Wiped the section I painted
- Waxed one section at a time
First, I sanded the table down by hand with 220 grit sandpaper to dull the shiny gloss down and smooth out the imperfections. Including the legs and the two leaves it took me about 4 hours total. I read you can use an orbital sander if you want to cut down the time and probably do a more thorough job. (Turns out I found a paint that claims you don’t need to sand, but that was after the fact and I’ll share that product with you next).
Next I started with the table upside down to do the legs first. I poured the paint into a painters cup with a handy little magnet that holds your brush (genius!). And added a little bit of water. I used water based paint of course.
After I turned this puppy back up-right I put the leaves in loosely so the paint would be somewhat consistent when all pushed together.
This is the biggest lesson I learned in this project: Use more water to water down the paint! It’s recommended you use a 2:1 (2 parts paint 1 part water) ratio or even 1:1 because the paint goes on a lot smoother. And when you are going for the more white washed ‘Farm Table’ look the paint wipes off a lot cleaner.
I used two old jersey material pillow cases and cut them each into 4 pieces. You’ll use all of them and you’ll wipe off a lot of paint. You want to use a material that’s lint free.
I decided I wanted more white to contrast my very beige dining room, but I do wish I would have thinned the paint a little more and wiped a little more to show more of the wood. Rookie mistake. But I am going to live with it for now.
There you have it! Simple for a newbie like me. Painting took me about 3.5 hours including the wax. Like I said, next time I’ll go less white and more rustic by watering the paint down and wiping more off making that Farm Table look. Hopefully that’s helpful!
If you have any tips/comments/questions please share!