How to Makeover Your Dining Room Table (Phase 3)
I AM DONE!
Our table is back in its rightful place – the dining room. Everyone is pleased to no longer have to eat meals on a plastic folding table. It was fun at first, but we were sitting rather closely together which can be good – or bad depending on moods.
Here are the links to my two other posts which show the progress of this project →
I started this table on MAY 20TH! Today is June 15th, but technically I completed the table on the 9th – nevertheless this took some T-I-M-E. I’m sure it would have taken far less time if I had worked on it more consistently, but I have three kids ages five and under and they need care LOL.
This is totally doable though. I’ve NEVER done anything like this before and I did it. I took my time and got it done so if you want to try something like this don’t doubt yourself.
The chairs will be painted – most likely in the next few weeks once my Dad brings his air compressor and spray gun. I’m not even going to try painting those. Painting isn’t easy and working with this Annie Sloan Chalk paint has a learning curve. Plus the time that I just don’t have. G is out of school for the summer and most days I have all three kids here staring at me saying, “what are we gonna do” so I’m done with projects for now. I wanna go to the beach!
Here are the products that made this project happen →
I did order all the Varathane (Rustoleum) products from Amazon as I couldn’t find them in my local Home Depot or hardware store. I’m lucky to live in a town close to an Annie Sloan *stockist* where I could buy the paint and wax (not cheap). Still, I think I spent around $100 to makeover the table with product to spare – and that is SO MUCH LESS than buying a new dining room table. This works for us, for now, while the kids are still young and into destroying stuff. 😉
To stain and seal with the poly I used that foam brush you see resting on top of the cans. To apply the chalk paint I used a regular paint brush. I used a tack cloth to get the dust off the wood and base before any stain or paint. I have read that you can use a clean cloth or clean rag rather than a tack cloth, but I wanted to try it and see what it was all about. I gotta say it is super sticky and gets all the dust and filth off the surface which gives you a perfectly smooth finish. I applied the wax with a foam brush too, but wiped the excess off with an old, clean rag.
I’m totally into having a neutral house if you have noticed from my pictures on here and Instagram. It makes me feel peaceful and I can always add pops of color here and there (pillows, and decor) without having to commit.
I painted the huge mirror that hangs over the sideboard to the right of this table. It was gold, a hand-me-down from TJ’s grandparents and now it is white! I’ll post pictures of that once I get started on the sideboard – no time soon so don’t hold your breath on that one.
Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them as best I can. I’m not expert, but now I feel pretty confident in my DIY handiwork.