It is makeover time! Yup, I got another little furniture makeover under my belt. Our farmhouse table got a makeover with milk paint, and she is looking good.
I guess the man was happy about the result too. He bought me some flowers to celebrate and so “I could use them for the photos for the blog”. Ah, he gets, me! What a man, I think I’ll keep him.
The new color makes all the difference in the world. And it didn’t even take that many steps to get her there.
See how that yellow wood, just clashed. Now my ‘new’ old table and my hutch make harmony together.
The project took a couple of days working on and off, but it went pretty straight forward.
Farmhouse Table Makeover DIY Steps
I took the table outside and gave her a proper sanding. I sanded the top until the bare wood, and the legs until they were truly and well roughed up.
For the table top I used — in order— the band sander, the heavy duty elliptical sander, the small elliptical sander and finally the triangle sander for the difficult corners. For the legs I skipped the band sander because it is too heavy for me to use on vertical surfaces.
I started with 60 grid paper and worked my way up to 240 grid.
Of course with all that sawdust flying around, I protected myself with a mask and glasses.
In the end it took a couple of hours of dedicated work and then she was ready for the next step.
Time for some milk paint action! I really wanted a farmhouse table look, so I knew that any modern paint just wouldn’t do. So I opted for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.
I sanded her so hard because I didn’t really want any major chipping action and milk paint adheres to raw wood like a dream.
After my mixing worries, when I painted the hutch, I decided to go straight for the immersion blender. Good thinking, it made mixing the paint up really easy.
I gave her several coats of paint. Can’t even remember how many. Milk paint dries so fast that you can almost do layers in one smooth circle. If you start with the top, that will just about be ready for a new layer once your legs are finished.
But I did sand in between layers. Just a light sanding with a fine grain paper. The water in the paint made the fibers in the raw wood stand up, so I smoothed them down by sanding.
After that it was a matter of waxing.
I used the proper wax brush for a change. What a difference! I’ve only used the sock method before, but I must say that wax brush makes the job so much easier.
I got all my supplies for the milk paint at my favorite local european milk paint stockist Old Red Barn.
I did some minimal distressing. Just enough to make any additional real-life distressing look okay and welcomed.
We’ll see how she holds up. This table is a hard working table. It is where we read the newspaper, arrange flowers, eat breakfast, have dinner parties, get busy crafting, dump our stuff when we get in etc. It is the central hot spot in our home and she is seldom empty.
I like how the slight grey on my hutch (It is the color Grain Sack) and the white of the table (I used Ironstone) talk to each other. I am sure it is a quiet and sophisticated conversation between the two. They make a nice matching couple now, different but the same.
Yeah, and everything looks so good on this fresh, crisp new surface. Like my white flowers.
Love it! So happy I got to strike this of my list.
And do you like my ‘new’ farmhouse table?
Are you surprised I went with white? (hihi me neither).
Could you handle a white table in your home?