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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Dining Table is Done!

After another attempt at the dining table
it is finally done
If this table wasn't sturdy before
I think the bazillion layers of paint
on it now have made it solid
or at least 3 inches taller :)

It was so nice here on Saturday & Sunday
Like get out your shorts
because it's over 60 in MI in April
and we are crazy like that nice

So Scott helped me take the table out onto the front lawn
and I went to work
I wasn't sure what color I wanted on the top
the brown that I had originally done
got wrecked by the spray polyurethane
It bubbled and smudged and looked nasty
It may have something to do with me not waiting
the appropriate amount of time between coats...
I'm impatient - what can I say

This is what it looked like before I started

And here it is with the smudged brown top

So I decided to give it a second shot
this time around I was thinking lighter
to go with our new lighter dining room color
so I started with a layer of primer
and topped that with a layer of cream
Well the cream seemed too light
so I put a layer of gray on top of that
Then Scott suggested that it needed some
brown in it - just a little
So I attempted to dry brush on some brown
which went okay...but wasn't quite an even coat
so then I put on another layer of gray
(see what I mean about 3 inches of paint!)
in a dry brush technique as well
and finally glazed the top
and added 3 coats of brush on polyurethane

The legs are cream
heavily distressed and glazed
I love how old and rugged they look

To solve the problem of peeling veneer on the sides
Scott added some new trim to the bottom

I don't know why
but the color reminds me of driftwood

It's so not perfect
and I really love that it about it
I lightly distressed it
to give it a somewhat aged look
and to ensure that if my kids knick it
(or just bang their silverware on it repeatedly through dinner)
I don't have to worry about it
they are just adding character

I love how the lighter top
lightens up this space even more

And I almost have the chair situation figured out :).

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  1. It is lovely!! The legs turned out great!! :) And seriously, I actually love the chairs the way you have them ;) lol

  2. fabulous transformation of that table, i like the chairs as well - xoxo, tracie

  3. gorgeous! the colors in your dining room are so pretty, too!

  4. Woohoo!! I can't even imagine how much patience it must have taken to take on a whole table. Great job!!! :)

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you'll visit me at Serenity Now again soon. :)