Distressed Dining Table

Did everyone else have as so much catch-up on after the holidays. I feel like I can finally focus a bit more on renewing furniture. Such a joy!

The first project for 2014 is a dining table.

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This was one of the first pieces of furniture I purchased after we got married. I love the lines trademarked by the Mission style.  The set includes this table, 6 chairs (2 of them arm chairs), buffet (not pictured because it doesn’t fit in the dining room), and cabinet hutch.

The table’s finish has suffered some pretty major damage over the years. Toddlers, lots of meals, and a few craft projects. The most noticeable damage is the lifted wood stain.  Heat from dishes will pull a finish right off the table. Even with trivets, which only partially protect the table, you table can be damaged. Best practice is to use a table pad under the table cloth.

dining table before 2

We hosted an open house for New Year’s Eve, which meant ironing a tablecloth. Oy vey!  Of all the household chores, this ranks in my top 5 most avoided (right up there with polishing silver).

Alas, time for a remedy!

So I whipped out the drop cloth then my trusty cocker spaniel assistant and I set to work! I wiped it down, and painted 2 coats of homemade chalked paint. I used less than a quart of a lovely, creamy yellow-white latex purchased for $5 off the mis-tint shelf . dining table before 3

After both coats dried, I scuffed the paint with a sanding block (medium grit), wiped down again, and waxed it.  I used a clear and dark wax.

dining table after 2

The dark wax was used very sparingly on the sides, and dragged lightly to the middle of each of the panels on the table. The final result is a piece I will enjoy for many more years!

dining table after 1

I know, it’s not truly Missional anymore since it is trademark oak and stain is gone.

But the lines! Cest manufique!

dining table after 3

I may renew her legs in the future, but for now she is so pretty!dining table collage