whitewash furniture

 I feel like this dining room has been a bit of a menace ever since we moved in.  I have struggled with it for so long.  Part of the reason being that this whole room is just so long and narrow, and in the dining room I have 3 solid walls with nothing to break them up!  Usually there are windows, or a door, or something so you don’t have 3 white walls, but not here.

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And although we bought our dining table new when we got married, I just didn’t like the look quite as well in this house.

bummer.

So, I asked the hubbs one day if I could refinish our table.  He said we’ll talk about it later.  I waited a couple of months and figured since he didn’t say no…that it was okay:)

I must tell you first that this was just a veneer table and the top was already showing major signs of wear.   A lot of the veneer was starting to come off and flake in places, so even though I wanted a new look, it also would extend the life of the table.  That was my justification at least!

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Not even lying:)

So, one day when I was bored…(sarcasm) I pulled out the power sander and went to town…

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Now here’s a bit of advice that is more common sense than advice, but I’d recommend doing this outside.  Allie did not, because I couldn’t move the table outside by myself.  And in turn I ended up adding another job of dusting my WHOLE house when the project was done.  On top of vacuuming about 20 during the process.  But, it was worth it!

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I started getting giddy when I saw the natural color that was coming through.  You never know what you are going to get when working with a veneer…

Refinishing a table

and after a couple of hours of sanding, tingly hands from the shaking, sore arms from the pushing, and sneezing from all the dust, this is what I was left with.

i.was.in.love.

I was loving the beachy natural color of the wood, and didn’t want to compromise that.  I tried a bit of a gray stain on the leg but it immediately turn an orange color, so I scrapped that idea.  I really wanted to keep this look, so I decided to try to give it a white wash look, one that wouldn’t turn orangey.

so I started out with an expensive:) styrofoam cup, and filled it a quarter of the way full with my white paint.  Then I added the same amount of water and stirred.

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I then used this mixture like a stain.  I’d brush it on..

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and then rub it off with a rag.

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I tried it on the legs first to make sure I would like it..and I did!  So to the top I went.

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Brush it on and wipe it off.  I only did about 1 foot wide sections at a time..

How to white wash

When I was done with the whole table it looked like this..

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Just what I wanted.  But, I wasn’t quite done yet.

Lately I’ve been loving color blocking on furniture.  I will share some inspiration photos with you later, but basically what it means is a random chunk of color on a piece of furniture.  Since my favorite color seems to be white, that’s what I chose:)

I taped off my section..

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and started painting..

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It’s almost like a permanent runner.

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Seeing as though I like to change things so frequently, you may be surprised that I did this.  But, it’s just a power sander away from back to normal:)

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Nothing is every permanent around here!

Since I had finished the table I also found these chairs..

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I have been wanting to get rid of the black for quite some time, but didn’t know what I wanted yet.  These I found on an online auction and ended up paying only $25 for 4 of them.  Of course I wasn’t in love with the color, so 5 cans of spray paint later and they were..

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White!!!!  Huge surprise, I know.  If you follow me on instagram at @prvbsthirtyonegirl you got a sneak peek of them.

So, for the final after picture of the dining room reveal…

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and just because I love showing the progression, here’s the order it went..

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to this..

lantern lights

to this..

Barrel Shades

and now this..

chalkboard wall

I even was able to use it for hosting a bible study dinner the other night.  I had fun dressing it up!

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I had to add the leaf in to make it fit ten people, we had a little problem…

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nothing a table cloth couldn’t fix!

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It’s our little secret:)  Someday I’ll get to painting that!

Allie