Tuesday, November 13, 2018

French Inspired Pine DIning Table

Hi all!

I hesitate in even giving a tutorial on the table. I know that everyone who has ever refinished furniture will think "a thousand times no!" me included, but this is truthfully how I gave this dark and dated pine table an old, lightly colored antique farm house feel.

Before I started work on the table...

First of all, I sanded away as much as I possibly could beginning with a 60 grit and working my way down to a 320. I then used paint stripper on the grooves of the legs and the upper portion of  the table skirt where I couldn't reach with the electric sander. Honestly, I'm not a fan of stripper. It didn't remove all of the previous finish and left me with a gummy mess. 

Here is an in process of this...

At this point I kind of liked how it looked. I wasn't thrilled with the dark stain still in the grooves and I thought the overall color of the table was too light; even with the other raw wood pieces I have in my home.

I slept on it, contemplated stain and ultimately used what I had on hand.  First, I randomly added white paint to give the feel that this table had originally been white at some point. I just applied leftover paint I had and then sanded it back.

I really wanted this table to look old and to have a history and feeling that many people had added to it over the years. I had some Danish Oil left over from this raw wood dresser I did, so I added on a couple of coats. This really warmed up the color, which I was loving, but it still lacked depth.

Since I didn't have any appropriately colored stain on hand I then applied a couple of coats of walnut Restor A Finish. This did exactly what I wanted! It added more warmth and color and deposited itself in the open grains of the wood leaving dark aged stains.

Honestly, I was still unsure when I got to this point because I couldn't judge how it would look once we actually got it into our dining room.

Turns out I loved it! Also, turns out the ridiculous amount of oil and Restor A Finish was leaving a residue that would not dry. I did some research on how to seal something like this and I learned that you cannot use poly on top of Restor A Finish, so I applied a good layer of waxed and buffed it multiple times until my rag showed no color residue. I'm actually happy I went with the wax instead of poly because this seems more authentic to the French farm table look I was going for.

Also, I'm thankful for a table with lighter, aged wood that blends with everything else I have in my home. While I loved my antique drop leaf table, it was very orange/pink and just did not match with anything. Also, I love that I can comfortable sit 8 at this table, compared to 4 with my drop leaf.

I totally wouldn't recommend what I did in this post! But, this was truly a look into my creative thinking and to show that you can get the look that you want on a budget. My total outlay for this project was right around $100, table included!

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