In the last post I left you hanging with the whole room reveal.  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.


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.


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!


Not even lying:)

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


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!


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 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.

how to whitewash

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


and then rub it off with a rag.


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


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..

white wash table

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..

color blocking

and started painting..

color blocking

It’s almost like a permanent runner.

color block

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:)


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..

farmhouse chairs

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…

farmhouse dining room

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


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!


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


nothing a table cloth couldn’t fix!


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


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  3. TERRI TURNER says:

    Allie you did a great job. Looks WOW. You have inspired me to get cracking and do mine. It’s a great achievement. Terri from down under Australia.

  4. You have really done a great job with the dining room. You just transformed it completely. The new dining room looks good.

  5. Susan says:

    Hi, Allie,

    You have helped to fuel my desire to sand things in my house. :) What kind of sander do you use?

    p.s. Love shopping at Whimsy Green with my mom! :)

  6. I love what you’ve done with your dining room and table. Lately I’ve been wanting to complete a makeover on my own dining table and am in the process of doing so – I hear ya on the tingly hands and soreness! The room looks great!

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  8. You have done a beautiful job. Your dining room just looks amazing.

  9. Kristen says:


  10. I love the looks of your dining room. I have a table I want to white wash. I’m glad to see how yours turned out. I might get mine started tomorrow! What did you use to seal the top of your table with?
    Sadie @ company of 7 designs

    • allie says:

      Thanks Sadie! It was so much easier than I thought it would be! I actually haven’t sealed it yet but plan on using a polycrilic to seal it. It’s not supposed to yellow like the polyurethane does. I’m just hoping it doesn’t change the color at all:) That’s why I’ve held off so far….but I really gotta get to it:)

  11. Deidre~ says:

    Hi there Allie, I LOVE what you did to your table:) LOVE the new look of the room and the dressed up table.I LOVE the chalkboard wall I also have one just like it:) Love your stlye girl following you now as Im so enjoying your blog .Please stop by and visit sometime.

  12. Monica T. says:

    Wow I love how this white wash looks! I have a farm table I was going to distress in white but I think you’ve changed my mind :) Did you touch the bottom side of the table at all? I also wondered if you put any poly on it for protection?

  13. Robin W says:

    I was one of those blessed women who got to spend time with Allie this week as we prepped for the Bible study dinner! Allie, you are truly a delight and a refreshing ray of joy and life! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your home! And after seeing the transition in this post, I would vote for the current state of the dining room! :) Love the table! Hope to do something similiar.
    Thank you again for all the effort you put into sharing.
    God bless you girl!

  14. Lori H says:

    Your dining room went from ordinary to amazing! I love it so much :)

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