Hey friends! While my Instagram was down, I did a project that I’ve been meaning to do for months. I finally stripped down my table & painted it WHITE. You might think that by now there’s way too much white in my house, but guys.. there really isn’t. I could go for whiteonwhiteonwhite for days! I have a lot of wood tones in my home, so there can never be too much white.
I just wanted to pop on and post a few photos of my new pretty distressed table. The lighting is pretty awful in this part of my home as it’s in the middle of my basement. So not near natural light, so please bare with me.
I still need to distress & rough up the base, but a girl can only do so much in a night, okay!? 😉
This method is really super simple and you can even do this method on new or faux wood types.. all you need is a darker wood table ( or a hand sander so you can strip your current table down & then re-stain it, like I had to )
You want to let the stain dry if you have to do that step and for heavens sake, I really hope you don’t because hand sanding your table down is a lot of work!
Once you have a darker table, you can paint it. I did one coat. That’s it. If you put two on you could run the risk of making it look too finished and clean looking.
Let it completely dry ( I let mine sit for about two hours )
Then take your sand paper, I used 120 grit, and sand away until your heart is content! Please do not use a hand sander, you will not achieve the same look, it will take too much off and it wont look natural.
Sanding with sand paper by hand can be a lot of work, but it’s so so worth it!
Once you’ve achieved your desired look, use a clear coat polyurethane and varnish that baby up so it’s protected against all food and liquids, I like to put two coats on a white table.
That’s it. It took me a night to do the top of my table & top of my bench and I’m loving the look. It’s authentic, distressed, grungy and chippy all in one. Best yet, you couldn’t find it in stores.
Below I’ll put out a little printable for the steps so you know what you’re doing. But it’s pretty straight forward. For the paint, I used Country Chic Paint. It is thicker than most paints & is harder to distress, which is a good thing because I hate paints that come off too easily.
As you can tell, the top of my table is a little bit more glossy than I would like, but that is the only varnish we had on hand. In the future, I might give it a light sand down and re-apply a more matte varnish. It all depends on the look you’re going for.
I just basically like things that don’t look new. I think I have to beat up and age almost everything in my house. That’s okay, right? It’s funny because I like my light fixtures and rugs to be more modern and new looking to give everything balance.
Here’s a list I’ve compiled so you can have this finish too.
Hope you enjoyed this little DIY & sorry my posts lately don’t seem to carry much weight. I have been feeling pretty stretched lately in everything that I’m doing but I still love to blog.
Have a awesome day & thanks for stopping by! xo