Chalk Painted Table

See how I gave life to this worn-out piece as I share my chalk painted table.

I am hosting Thanksgiving for my family this year, so I decided it was time to complete the dining room project I began almost a year ago. If you want to see more about the (spray painted) chairs and where I found my entire dining room set, you can click HERE, or to see the dining room reveal from earlier this year, you can click HERE.

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Now, before I hear comments about how beautiful this piece is and why in the world would I paint it, I have to show you pictures of the condition it was in.  The photo above is WAY too nice.  It just didn’t look that good. Dining Room Table 6

It was VERY scratched up – everywhere from the tabletop to the legs of the table.

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Besides being really scratched, I wasn’t in love with the tabletop.  It was REALLY glossy, and I wanted more of a matte look.  I had my dad in town for the weekend, so I put him to work sanding the tabletop. DSC_0195

He sanded the table along with the three leaves that fit inside.

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Once it was sanding, I added Minwax’s Special Walnut Stain.  Once that dried, I added a clear wax to seal the top.

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For the base, I used Annie Sloan’s French Linen along with her clear wax.

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I sanded some of the edges and various places to add just a little more character.

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And that was it!  It was a fairly quick project (thanks to the help of Jerry), and now I am ready to host Thanksgiving!

Dining Room Table Update

And to show you how far the dining room has come since last Christmas, check out this photo:


Go create something and let me know if you try a chalk painted table!

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Dining Room Reveal

This dining room has changed a lot since I first posted this years ago, but it is fun to look back and see how far this space has come!  Decorating is definitely a journey.

Are you ready for it?  My dining room reveal! Here is the before…


And the after…


Since we eat most of our meals as a family in our kitchen, the dining room is reserved for our guests.  I wanted it to be special, elegant, and pretty – especially since it is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home.  It is pretty frilly (and maybe I’ve been watching a little too much Downton Abbey), but I did throw in some straight lines (the clock and the hutch) as well as more modern prints (window treatments and rug) to offset the ornate antique dining table set.


I will break down all the individual projects in future posts – my dining room table, (painted) chairs and buffet, wall art as well as post a tutorial for the wall treatment. Speaking of the wall, it is my “faux wallpaper” treatment (I used vinyl decals as stencils for the flowers).  I LOVE wallpaper, but I can’t commit.  Wallpaper is expensive, and I am afraid I will grow tired in a few years.  Paint is much easier to change and less expensive.

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{The paint color for this room is Valspar’s Woodlawn Colonial Gray} *I ended up toning down the wall a few months later (because I can’t ever stop according to my husband).  Although it was fun, I grew tired of the boldness of the wall. And if you follow my blog, you’ll see that it continue to change!