When AJ’s coworker Abby and her husband Steven offered me this table I was thrilled. After moving out of a two family they no longer had use for this farmhouse table and I was more than happy to drive the enormous truck over to their house to take it off their hands.
I ended up with a very traditional farmhouse piece:
When I first started thinking about what I wanted to do with the table I thought that I may want to do a very dark top and a distressed beachy bottom so I painted the bottom Bliss by Country Chic Paint and immediately loved it.
Then one cold night I took the electric belt sander out of our front porch and noisily sanded off the orange-y stain and polyurethane with a very rough grit paper. It was a breeze to get it looking like this. The smooth unstained wood was gorgeous. And our neighbor ten-year old Phoebe (the love of Drew’s life) watched me work, probably looking ridiculous out on our front porch in my winter garb.
After sanding the all the corners and sides down by hand I was left with a small crack in the side where I couldn’t get the stain to budge.
Then I stained the whole top Jacobean by Minwax and hated the combo of Jacobean and Bliss. How could something so great in my mind look so icky in person? I started thinking about what went wrong and I think the color in my mind that I was envisioning was a lot lighter and more blue, or maybe it was more distressed and antiqued. Well, another table, another time I suppose.
So I painted over Bliss with two coats of Simplicity (White) and got the non-perfect look I was going for with a little bit of Bliss poking through… but then I wanted to add a little more ooomph so I took out this:
which did this to the table (and I kept the undersides Bliss because I loved that secret pop of color):
I love the mix of the dark Jacobean with the antiqued white! It never ceases to amaze me what a coat of paint will do to a piece!
Finally, the before and after:
AND bonus… I just finished this gorgeous pedestal table in the same style, contact me at email@example.com if you are interested!
Yesterday you saw the 1970s dresser get transformed and tomorrow I’ll be featuring the dresser on the top left. Let me just tell you… it looks TOTALLY different from that now. So if yesterday’s piece was traditional and today’s was farmhouse then Friday’s mystery makeover is so Anthropologie (I think I just made Anthropologie an adjective). I took a risk with it and it’s different from anything you’ve seen on the blog thus far but I love it!