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!