…refinishing my kitchen table

Dear Loved Ones!

I’ve missed you all terribly and today is a time to rejoice – school is open! The kids got on the bus! I took a shower! I went to the gym! I may actually sit down to eat my lunch instead of standing at the counter on call for the next need from a child.

Last time I posted was during the Christmas-colored fog that settles on all of us, clouding our perception of all things and making us live in a world where we only eat cookies, watch the Hallmark Channel and order gifts from Amazon Prime. This is what happened during one of those dizzy evenings as DH was working on our theater room that he wanted to surprise the kids with (more on that later). In other words, I was alone upstairs and ready to do some damage.


Just to give you a reminder, this is how my kitchen table has looked for the past 6 years. I  bought it from Pottery Barn and was really happy with it.

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I was inspired to change it because that’s what I do. I like to change things up and play. The kids were mourning the loss of the table, I think Greta even cried, but I explained as they like to create beautiful art at school, this is mommy’s way of creating. So stop crying about the table! J/K. Kind of.

If you did not read my last post, here is what I did:

1. I painted the base of the table with Old White and heavily distressed it. I did not use any wax as I wanted a rough look.

2. We sanded the table completely down to the natural wood. If you have a piece of store bought furniture it will likely have some kind of shiny finish on it. If you want to manipulate the color or look you cannnot change anything unless you have taken all this off. This requires an electric sander.

3. I applied Dark Wax all over the surface per MMS tutorial.

4. I buffed it off with a rag in certain places and left it in others to create an old look.

5. I took a piece of rough steel wood and scratched it up.

6. Farm table done and ready for dinner.

Well, not quite.

I quickly decided that I needed new chairs to match the new look and I knew the exact ones that I wanted via many beautiful Pinterest pictures. I was shocked to receive them as we were literally leaving the house for our Christmas Eve celebrations as I had not warned DH that I had made the decision to replace kitchen chairs….and the light fixture. Definitely needed a matching pendant. I wanted something that screamed farm and nothing works better than a rubbed black farmhouse pendent. Here is where we are:



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The good news is that when we are ready to build a farmhouse in the country we will just need to replant this look. I’m pretty sure I won’t want to change anything by that time. hehe.


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  1. Love the new look!
    What did you do with the previous chairs? I would be interested in possibly buying them from you if you want to sell them. Could you give me some information about them via email? Where did you buy them? What condition are they..etc? They match my island chairs perfectly. Great job on the kitchen table!

  2. Hello there,
    Love what you did with your table. I want to strip my table down completely and redo the finished look. However, I am afraid of using was for the finish because a lot of sunlight comes in through the window in the evening. Suggestions? Oh, and yeah, I use Annie Sloan paint and waxes. Thank for any suggestions.

  3. how fun! Love the new look

  4. Love it..What is the cream color on the walls?

  5. You did a wonderful job on the table!! It looks very vintage now…..

  6. Love the new look! That is one understanding husband you have there…LOL
    Where did you find the light fixture, absolutely gorgeous?

  7. I love it! This project is next on my list at our house. Where did you but the metal chairs? The new look is perfect!

  8. Beautiful…love the new look. Where did you get the light?

  9. I love the updated new look! It doesn’t even look like the same traditional style table. Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad you saved $4000 too! Was wondering if the tabletop was veneer or solid wood? I have a table with veneer and am afraid to sand in case I press too hard. Once again, fantastic job.

  10. love love love it

  11. Tara tracy says:

    Love this table. My plan for our new house is replicate this look. But I had 2 questions. Question one is: the oaint color for the White, was it chalk paint? And question two: did you seal the paint or the stain for the table? It looks like a no, and if it is a no arnt you worried about cleaning? Thank you so much!

  12. I absolutely love the table.

  13. Daniela McvClellan says:

    Would you mind sharing where you bought the white metal dinning chairs?

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