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This week is about my dining room table, which took less than two hours from start to finish to paint, and it made such a HUGE difference! But first, a little back story…
Five years ago we moved into our 1875 Farmhouse that my husband remodeled from top to bottom, it’s amazing, literally a completely gorgeous house that I love so much!
The 8 months that it took to complete the renovations we lived with my in-laws, which was actually fine, but I was due with our second baby 3 weeks from the time we moved in… so needless to say, we weren’t too choosy about some aspects of our home, we just wanted to get done so we could move in before the baby came!
This was our very first home, prior to this my husband worked contracts for the government which took us on awesome adventures all over the country living out of hotels. Kids sort of change the fun of traveling though…
Well, lately I’ve been on a mission to try to make our house more homey, because although it’s beautiful, I haven’t taken a whole lot of time to decorate.
This new-found desire to make everything pretty may have stemmed from my obsession with Fixer Upper… and the fact that I’ve got baby #4 on the way in a couple of months. Time is not something you get more of the more kids you have… can I get an Amen?!
Anyways, a couple of weeks ago I shared with you guys my post on How to Transform your Bathroom Vanity in One Afternoon, check it out if you haven’t already, my bathroom is so much prettier now that I re-did my vanity!
Alright, so here are is the before picture of my dining room table. See how dark, sad and uninteresting my dining room was??…
I even tried to edit the picture to make it look brighter and less gloomy, this was as good as it got! Not terrible, but definitely nothing to get excited about!
These are the after pictures, complete with my pretty (little) Christmas tree and new-ish centerpiece and table runner! Now you may be wondering why I didn’t paint the chairs… well, I counted and it turns out there are exactly 8.5 million spindles on the chairs… and if you’ve ever painted a chair with spindles, you’ll understand.
Now isn’t that so much better?? Just painting the base of the table literally brightened the whole room! Here are a few pictures of my process, which was so easy it doesn’t require pictures, but just for fun…
How I Painted My Table in Under 2 Hours:
So, prep was super fast, just cleaned with dawn soap and warm water, stuck some paper towel under each foot and went ahead and painted my first coat and let it dry (takes less than 20 minutes to dry in my 70 degree house). I took these pictures really quick, so forgive me for the awful quality, but you get the idea!
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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White which is just an Antique White as opposed to stark white, it’s my favorite!
After painting two coats, I wet distressed it all to make it look nice and old and Farmhouse-y!
Wet distressing is simply using a damp cloth (or in my case, paper towel) and rubbing the area you want to distress, the sooner after painting you do this, the easier it is to distress.
Since I didn’t have a cloth handy, I wet the area with paper towel and then used my most useful painting accessory, 0000 Steel Wool, to easily take the paint off that didn’t come off from the paper towel.
I do wet distressing when I’m working inside my house and I don’t want sanding dust everywhere, it’s a no-mess solution!
Well there you have it folks, my dining room is a much brighter and happier place now and it took me hardly any time and less than 1/4 of my quart of paint. Easy and cheap! That’s the way I like it!
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