French country (but in the city) livin' | Dining room Makeover
I come from a large family. 11 siblings and nieces /nephews that are multiplying by the year. Needless to say, family dinners rarely happen around a dining room table. We usually clear up the living room, place a large tablecloth (aka f'rash/ maf'rash) on the ground, gather around (sitting either indian style, squatting, or one leg indian style - one leg bent in front of the chest), and feast! I always dreamt of having a knight-style round table that could accommodate the whole family. Adults would sit around the table while the kids played and ate on the floor in the open center. But until I could get one of those tables or Hogwarts dining room, a farmhouse style table with enough chairs and bench space will have to do. So I started the hunt. I scored an extra long dining table and 2 captain chairs on craigslist for $125, Dining hutch for $50, 6 cane back chairs from an estate sale for $45, and later purchased 2 farm style benches.
One of the hardest parts of repurposing furniture, is deciding what you want to do with it. I love the look of raw, distressed, salvaged, driftwood, and grey-stained wood. Just to name a few. I couldn't decide on one, so I did a little bit of each. Here's a list of everything I used for this project:
- Citistrip stripping gel and old paint brush
- Rubber gloves
- Plastic spatula
- rag or paper towels
- electric sander
- Minwax wood finish (in classic grey 271)
- paint brush
- Minwax paste wax (in natural)
- DIY chalk paint (linen color and country grey) and paint brush
- Dark wax to finish the dining hutch
I applied the CitriStrip and let it sit overnight. The next morning, the old finish came right off with a plastic spatula. I cleaned off any residue with soapy water and an old rag. While the tabletop was drying, I used a coarse paint brush to lightly paint the legs and the underside of the table with DIY chalk paint (see recipe in previous post). I wanted the paint to be streaky and allow the old finish to bleed thru.
Then I stained the table top with one coat of the Minwax grey stain. Once that dried, I sealed it with the paste wax.
For the dining hutch, I used 2 colors of chalk paint (linen and country grey) and to give it a weathered look, I used this technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fL7yo_Urbs .
So there it is. I tried to keep it short and simple. That way, you guys don't have to watch as many youtube how-to videos as I did ;)