Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dining Table -Black to Farmhouse Natural & White

She's removing paint and going natural.
It's fun to change things up for little cost.
Maybe it's because I'm looking for something
lighter and brighter -
You know, a sunny spot.

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Oh, though I have such good memories

of my black dining table....

last October?

My table is about 10 years old

and has lots of wear.

No Fear.

There is such great liberty with paint.

It's so easy to change time after time.

After two or three applications of paint remover

I was down to using fine steel wool,

a little bit of paint stripper,

and some paint thinner.

When it was all clean I applied a light coat of stain.

Then I applied Polycrylic sealer with foam.

(You could use a roller)

I painted the legs and trim a creamy white semi-gloss.

I brushed on directly over the black paint,

then sanded the edges.

It gives you that nice rustic worn charm.

For now, I'm leaving the chairs black.

But I might paint them multi-colored

(soft beachy tones).

It's funny how paint has a lot to do with my mood!

But since I have dark floors and dark countertops

I was looking for some light relief in my dining room.

Here you can see the black table from above.

Now the lighter...

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Really, I like them both.

I was just ready for a change.

And wait till I get my Spring Centerpiece

and table setting going....

Can't wait to show you.

So do you have a piece of furniture

that's up for a change, just because.

Fresh is Fun!


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Allison @ The Golden Sycamore said...

I love the transformation! It looks very "beachy"! :)

20 North Ora said...

Deb - Your table looks fantastic. It sure shows up more, doesn't it?


Jen xo said...

oh this is just what I need . I painted my pine table black[ hate it, shows up everything and gets to dusty ] I was going to do some artwork on top...but got half thru and hated it....I was wondering about not stripping the legs and doing what you have done and now I know it will work :) I wanted mismatchy painted chairs too... THANK YOU !!

ANNE said...

I absolutely love this! I would go paint a table black just to strip it back off and get the same fabulous look.

Great job!!

Laurel Stephens said...

Wow, that was a LOT of work! I'm loving the new light look.

Courtney said...

just gorgeous Deb! change is wonderful isn't it?!
that's one big table...would love it at my house ;-)

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks Girls! Actually, total work time was probably 6 or 7 hours. Not too bad.

sandrynka said...

it's look beatifull, i'm loving it!!!

cairncottage said...

I want to do the very same thing to our dining room table and chairs that you have, Deb! The set about 15 years old and the top is a little worn, too. It's stained in light oak. I'm trying to convince my hubby that painting the legs white and re-staining the top will look great! He's one who doesn't like change. I'll have to show him yours. Thanks for sharing!!
Ann @ Cairn Cottage

Feral Turtle said...

I love the new look. I really does brighten up that area. Love your outdoor workshop and view!!!

Deb Hrabik said...

I had to take advantage of some 50 degree weather here to go outside and strip (I mean remove paint) ha!

Lisa said...

So scary to make a change like that, but it turned out really well! Bright and fresh! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

That came up amazing hmm got me thinking about my table :)

Emily said...

Wow, that's a bit of a scary task to conquer but it came out amazing! Congrats!

Allison said...

The table looks great! You're brave to tackle the job, but so worth the outcome!
I hope you'll drop by to see My Daughter's Master Bath Redo - #83 at Met Monday.


Kayla @ Home Coming said...

Wow! Great work. I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join!

Emma Kate at Paint and Style said...

Love it! Well done!

{northern cottage} said...

I'm in LOVE with how the black shines through the distressing. what a great makeover girlie!


Claire @ A Little Claireification said...

That is just fantastic - I love changing it up!!

Unknown said...

You did a great job! I'm finishing up a project where I used stripper...yuck! But I love the look:)
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Rita said...

Wow, I love your transformation! It turned out beautiful!

Danielle said...

Your "new" table looks great. It really brightens up the room and I love the stained top! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this at Silver Pennies Sunday!

Leslie said...

Your table tranformation looks great! I have a couple of pieces of furniture I'm wanting to paint, and I hope mine turn out as great as yours! Also, what an incredible view on the water you have!

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

I love this transformation! I love a wood top and painted legs ;)
Jamie ~ Better With Age

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm craving light in my house now, too. Your table looks wonderful in it's lighter clothes!

Unknown said...

I like black tables too but I like the change better. Thanks for sharing your tips. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

Chrissy said...

I love the table, it fits so nicely with your home. :) Would you consider linking this and any other projects that you may have up at my Pinterest party? I would love to have you share with my readers!


Debra@CommonGround said...

this turned out wonderfully! I have a table that the top needs to be stripped, you did a great job, thanks for sharing the how-to!

Unknown said...

It looks amazing - and so much lighter for the black version in your light filled space.

It's funny because I was just about to link up my pine side table that was just finished - stained top and white bottoms. Then I saw yours and had to visit.

Julie Fagundes said...

LOVE it! I am rally tired of my black table as it...just ready to lighten it up.

I have been wanting to paint it the same as you did...maybe a quick weekend project!


Bliss said...

I like it!


Heaven's Walk said...

Absolutely love it, Deb! It does make the space look lighter and brighter and just more cozy. What a beautiful place to paint, too! Doesn't get any better than having the water by your side! :)

xoxo laurie

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great job on the table transformation.

Unknown said...

oh I love how this looks! So fresh and beachy, I love your idea for painting the chairs too!

Amy Kinser said...

Love the painted table. The lighter colors is what I am drawn to as well. Your rug is such fun also!

Unknown said...

I love the look. Great detailed show how. I will be watching for more posts.

Tabatha @

Unknown said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I want to do this to my table that is all brown wood. Like you I am tired of all the dark in my house and need something lighter. I also thought about painting my chairs different colors but, I can't decide on the colors. This gives me reason to go ahead and get the table done and then I can decide on chairs:)Thanks!

Will said...

Love your blog! I've been wondering whether to buy a new table or paint my pre-existing one to create the farmhouse table effect. I think I'm going to be brave and get the paint brush out this weekend. Wish me luck!

Angie said...

I love how your table came out! Thanks for the inspiration. Everything you do is so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous change on your table. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ruth Anne

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Looks perfect. Great distressing. thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I just purchased this exact same table used. Do you k ow what brand it Is? I couldn't stain my table top because it wasn't real wood in certain parts. Is yours different???

Deb Hrabik said...

Oh, you know, I think mine is the same way. I had a couple of slats on the top that seemed more like a laminate. I was still able to strip and stain. You can make them look more like wood if after stain, you lightly brush darker brown or black in a few areas to appear like wood variation. (very light application) Maybe these tables were made with random wood pieces. I got my table at Nebraska Furniture Mart, but I don't know the brand.
Best Wishes!