Chalk Paint Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover

Chalk Paint Farmhouse Dining Table Makeover

Over the past year, my home decor taste has switched from very modern, clean lines, and tons of black, to warmer, lighter colors, and a homier feel. I love looking around my home and seeing so much warmth and happiness and DIY. It truly feels like we MADE our home as opposed to buying it. Lately, I have been absolutely lusting over farmhouse tables and I just had to have one of my own. 

But I digress!

After cluing her in on my search for the perfect farmhouse style table, I was lucky enough to be gifted this beautiful table by my coworker, Desiree (Hi, Des!). It was her grandmother's, and I really felt an obligation to make it beautiful again. It had been well-loved and the leaves had small cracks in them, evidence of many home cooked meals enjoyed by large families and scratches on the legs made by a hopeful puppy with excellent sense of smell. 

I had originally wanted to sand down the tabletop and stain it a dark espresso. So I borrowed my mom's electric sander (well...I borrowed it over a year ago and forgot to give it back) and went to town. ...I didn't get very far before realizing that...well, sanding sucks. I hated it. I may hate sanding more than sewing and I really HATE sewing. 

Yeah. I didn't get all that far. 

So instead, I went hunting for chalk paint. Chalk paint is great because it doesn't require any sanding prior to using it.  I wanted a sort of deep espresso finish, but not quite black. I found Valspar's Chalky Finish that can be tinted in just about any color imaginable. But the paint was $30. For a very small amount. Like...only 16 oz. While I knew $30 for a gorgeous table was a STEAL, I just felt dirty paying that much for paint. So I set about to wander, like I typically do when I can't make a purchasing decision. That was when I discovered the clearance rack. A single beam of light was shining down on it, and angels were singing softly in the background (okay, that's a lie, but whatever. Stay with me). This glorious rack had tons of half priced jugs of paint that had some kind of defect. Some had dented cans, some had spilled a bit, some were custom colors that just hadn't been picked up. I found a can of Chalky Finish that someone had left behind for $15 with only one problem...it was a rust-colored red. 

Not one to be deterred (or to follow instructions), I purchased the paint with a devious plan in mind. When I got home, I went straight to my laboratory (the kitchen) and began mixing potions. I put half the jug of red into a mixing can and filled it the rest of the way with an eggshell black I had left over from another project. I was worried it would mess with the integrity of the Chalky Finish, but once it dried, I realized that not only was it the perfect color, but it was also still perfectly matte. I painted the bottom and the legs with an enamel Valspar paint in "Clean Linen" left over from another project. 

Eventually, I will need to top it with Valspar's Sealing Wax to keep it looking pretty, but for now, it's getting very little use. We're hosting Thanksgiving this year though, so I suppose it'll have to happen within the next few weeks! I can't wait to finish decorating the dining room and to show you all. I;ve got big plans for it! Happy Painting!

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