I am so thrilled to finally sit down and blog about my farmhouse table makeover!!! It’s been a year since I completed this project and I’m just now getting to putting it up on the blog! The idea behind this stems from the desire I’ve had for my husband to build us an Ana White farmhouse table. He’s actually built 3 of them but they were all for other people. We’ve been waiting for a dining room that would fit the size we wanted/needed but we still aren’t quite there yet. In the meantime, we have this wonderful black table that clashes against the very natural, modern farmhouse look we’ve got going on in our house. It’s in great shape, so I decided we could just give it a makeover!
This is not a simple project. I usually don’t take on projects that take more than 24 hours but I was determined to take my time with this one. I wanted the bottom to be white but wasn’t about to sand a table and 6 chairs!! So I decided on chalk paint. It doesn’t require any sanding and the finish turns out the perfect chalky matte finish and distresses so nicely!
After a lot of research, I chose the Valspar brand of white chalk paint over Annie Sloan because of cost and convenience (the nearest store that sells Annie Sloan is 45 min away). I really can’t tell a difference in the finish either. Because my furniture is black and in an effort to conserve my chalk paint, I decided to give the chairs a primer first.
Next, I used a rounded chalk brush for application because it gets into the nooks and crannies more effortlessly. I would say I did about 2 coats of chalk paint and then just touched up some areas that needed more coverage.
I let all of that dry for a few days because I had other things going on, and then I gave it all a good sanding to smooth out rough spots and then I sanded heavily on the edges and corners for distressing. I also sanded heavily in random patches to give it the scuffed up look. Last, you will want to use a sealing wax. I used the Valspar brand again. I would suggest watching some YouTube videos on how to apply wax properly but basically you apply it and then buff it out with a cloth after to give it that smooth finish.
I knew I had to do something with the seat cushions because they were black faux leather and that just wasn’t going to fly. I picked out some neutral outdoor fabric that I loved. It’s kind of a mix between a tan and gray depending on the light. Being an outdoor fabric, it helps with spills, but I also bought a bottle of waterproof protectant spray. Here’s how simple it is to cover your cushions if you’ve never done it before.
1. Remove seat cushions
2. Lay on top of your fabric and cut around the edges, giving it enough room to wrap around the chair and staple
3. Start wrapping the fabric in as tight as you can and stapling on the sides, leaving the corners out.
4. Last, fold the corners in nice and flat and staple in place.
5. Before you screw the cushions back onto the chairs, give it a couple coats of waterproofing spray.
FARMHOUSE TABLE TOP:
For the top of the table, we went with 2×6′s to give it the look we wanted and also add a little overhang to make our table a tad bigger. We cut it to the size we needed and then sanded heavily. We applied wood glue to the table top, one section at a time and then screwed the pieces in from underneath the table. It’s so much easier to put together a table like this when you already have a table top for a template. It can be tedious making a table from scratch trying to line the pieces up and get them flush and level with one another. This was a breeze.
Last, I put a custom touch on the finish. For weeks I had been trying to come up with a method of making it look exactly the way I wanted. I wanted a natural worn look. I didn’t want it too dark, I didn’t want it too light, and I wanted a lot of dimension to make it look super old and weathered. But the hardest part of all was wanting to have a super smooth finish on it too. Because there are several different steps to this method, I’m going to share it in another post. If you want to see how I came up with this DIY Weathered Farmhouse Table Finish, click here.
In the end, I decided to use a Sealing Wax on the table to give it a nice finish and protectant. It still didn’t seem as waterproof as I wanted, so I’ve gone back since and used a VERY LIGHT coat of untinted polyurethane. I didn’t want the table to be shiny so I had to be very light on this coat. But we are so happy with the way that it turned out!! I will warn you though…this adds a TON of weight to the table. It was pretty hard to carry it back in the house but totally worth it to me!