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 ;)

Before.

Before.

Before.

Before.

What the table looked like right after removing the Citristrip.

What the table looked like right after removing the Citristrip.

Light strokes of chalk paint on the legs and underside to give the table a distressed look. 

Light strokes of chalk paint on the legs and underside to give the table a distressed look. 

Raw wood <3

Raw wood <3

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After (minus the hardware).

After (minus the hardware).

I was able to fit 2 benches to the other side of the table.

I was able to fit 2 benches to the other side of the table.