Don’t you just love being able to save old pieces of furniture? Whether it be restoring it back to its original state or saving it from the tip. This sure was the case for this old claw foot dining table. It was given to me because the original owner gave up on trying to finish the piece. So today for Waste Not Wednesday I’m sharing how to whitewash a farmhouse table.
How To Whitewash A Farmhouse Dining Table – Waste Not Wednesday
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Welcome back to Waste Not Wednesday! For those who have been following along for a while, you’ll know Waste Not Wednesday as a linky party. But Leanna and I have decided to change things up a bit. Each Wednesday we will be bringing you fun projects not only from us but some of our favourite bloggers. This week’s theme is Furniture Makeovers!
- Old Dining Table
- Paint Stripper
- Paint Scraper
- Cheap Brush
- Mud – Brown
- Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint – Voodoo Gel Stain – Tobacco Road
- Dixie Belle Silk Paint – Serenity
- 80 and 120 grit sandpaper
- Fusion Mineral Paint – Casement
- Sanding Sponge
- 2 x Gator Hide Applicator Sponge
- White Wax
- Wax Brush
- F30 Brush
- Fusion Tough Coat – Clear
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Step 1 – Clean the entire table using TSP or White Lightning. This tabletop had been painted in terrible thick paint and was left with brush strokes and drip marks and needed to be removed. So using a cheap brush apply a thick layer of stripper and leave for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then using a paint scraper remove the paint. Be sure not to press to hard and press into the tabletop.
The paint on this tabletop was so thick that I had to repeat the process. This second time I left the paint stripper on overnight.
Step 2 – Using some old wet rags I wiped the entire tabletop down to remove any stripper that I had mixed. Because this is all-natural product water will do but if you are using something a little stronger you will have to neutralise it by wiping the entire table over with white spirits. Fill in any cracks or dings with mud using your spatula. Let dry.
Then grab your sander and sand back using 80 grit sandpaper. Be careful going over any parts where you have filled in with mud. Then work your way back up to 220 grit sandpaper so that you get a really smooth finish.
Step 3 – Pop out some Tobacco Road and apply with the sponge. I only applied one coat of voodoo gel stain but if you were after a darker stain apply more coats until you get the desired look. Apply in long even strokes with the wood grain. Let dry.
Scuff Sanding Time
Step 4 – While the top is drying, scuff sand the base of your table using a Sanding Sponge. Some of the areas on this table had drip marks and loads of brush strokes and needed a little bit more sanding to get a nice smooth finish.
Step 5 – Using your brush apply 2 coats of Serenity letting each coat dry in between.
Step 6 – On all the raised detailed parts of the table using your wax brush, highlight with white wax. I also highlighted the balls on the claw feet.
Step 7 – Mix Casement with water to create a stain. I only wanted to subtle whitewash effect so made a mix of 1:2 paint to water mix. If you find that it’s not dark enough add more paint. It’s better to go on light than darker and then have to sand it all back because you are not happy. Apply with the second blue sponge. The reason for one sponge for light and dark is so that my colours don’t get muddy.
HANDY TIP: The reason I didn’t go for using the Voodoo Gel Stain- White Magic was because it was a little too heavy for the effect I was wanting and had better control over the Casement mix.
Step 8 – Once dry, I like to leave overnight, apply 2 – 3 coats using your Blue sponge letting each coat dry in between.
And you’re all done! This beauty is now a beautiful display piece in our shop! Be sure to check out some other furniture makeovers below !
Here is my dear friend Leanna’s beautiful DIY Furniture Makeover that you can make too!
How amazing is this makeover that Leanna did with her Entertainment Unit!
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Don’t forget to check out the 4 other awesome DIY Furniture Makeover ideas below.
Happy Painting & Creating,
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Sam I just love the legs on this table!! Beautiful details. I have to go look at casement. What a lovely paint colour.