Have you ever really wanted to take on a project but you’re kind of afraid so you just read about 5,376 tutorials on Pinterest and try to give yourself a pep talk? And then you finally go for it and you pull it off and you do a little happy dance every time you see said project? That’s exactly how I feel after I completed this painted and stained kitchen table makeover!
This table was graciously given to us by my aunt and uncle shortly after we moved in. They had an extra table in storage they weren’t using and we were in desperate need of a kitchen table. However, I wasn’t super crazy about the color of the wood but we were just glad to have a place to eat other than the couch!
We repainted our kitchen in Royal Gray (not sure why it’s called that because it’s definitely a blue). Once that was done and I painted our kitchen cabinets white I wanted to change the color of the table even more. I figured with all the curves in the legs and chairs, sanding it down and re-staining the whole thing was a little advanced for my resume so chalk paint came in to save the day!PAINTED AND STAINED KITCHEN TABLE
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Wood stain (I used Dark Walnut)
Paint (sample size of Grayish by Sherwin Williams turned into chalk paint)
Paint brush (this one is my favorite)
Start by sanding your table top. As you can tell my sanding job wasn’t as great as I thought it was (ha!) but my husband and I actually really love the way it turned out!
Then stain the table top with a foam brush per instructions on the stain.
Lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe down your table legs and chairs. You’re just trying to rough it up a bit.
Next, mix up your paint. My go to chalk paint formula is add 1 tbsp Plaster of Paris to ¼ cup warm water and stir. Once smooth add in 1 cup of paint.
Paint your table legs and chairs, 2 coats minimum. This table had a clear coat sealer on it and the chalk paint adhered to it!
Finish off the entire kitchen table and chairs with 2 coats of Polycrylic!All in all this painted and stained kitchen table makeover is a lot simpler than it seems but as usually takes some time to finish! If you’re not loving your kitchen table and wish you could give it a DIY makeover too but are feeling a little scared, you can do what I did. Just practice sanding and staining scrap wood or painting an end table. Start out small and boost your confidence, it worked for me! After I finished painting that first piece of furniture and it didn’t look a total mess I was hooked! And to quote the Nester “Don’t be afraid to ruin something you already hate.”UPDATE 8/25/17: Over a year later and this bad boy is still going strong! Even with a baby in the house!
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