I really should be better about taking before and after pictures. Most of the time I have a picture from a long time ago or on my phone to show you but unfortunately I don’t this time. This was originally the very popular but average farmhouse table. You know the one I am talking about. White legs, light oak finish on top and oh, the matching chairs. I loved it but now everyone has one and I wanted to make a statement with it. This coral table now makes a statement!
This table was given to us and had been used as a kitchen table and then a craft table. The top was well worn and had several gashes in it. I knew I wanted a dark top but picking the leg color took a LOT of time. I had a color picked out right away, that’s the trouble with Pinterest. You fall in love with a DIY project and during construction realize it doesn’t match your decor in the least. I spent an hour at the store looking at colors and ended up going home empty handed…twice! Only to find the color I wanted already in my garage. Meant for another DIY dresser.
How did I update this coral table?
First I sanded down everything. The top was the hardest because of the gashes. You have to get past all of the original stain too. I started with 80 grit, then 120 grit, and ended on 220 grit sandpaper. It took some time but the top has never been so smooth.
I love using this orbital sander!
For the legs I only used 220 to rough up the paint so I could add primer and paint. I painted the legs first by taping off the top with trash bags and painters tape. I attempted to use a sprayer which looks great on the side pieces but when I started to paint the legs the paint started to clump.
If I were to do it again, which I might, I would use chalk paint and paint the legs by hand or use a different sprayer. Keep in mine with sprayers that they are set up to spray one way (up and down or side to side) and you have to know that before you start spraying. Hence the clumpy surface. I tried saving it with a roller but in the end I waited for it to dry, sanded again and then painted the legs with a tiny roller.
The top took stain nicely but you want to be sure to follow the directions on your stain can. I didn’t wait in between layers for the first layer to dry and ended up sanding the top again. I really thought the table would be easy but it ended up needing a lot of work. I almost gave up several times and I’m glad I didn’t!
So tell me what do you think? You can read more about the yellow wreath here.