Don’t you just love having a vision for something and it turning out completely different? Sometimes that’s a good thing though! This gate leg table was given to me and I knew right away I wanted to make those legs pop! As for the top, plans change and this is what I got. I hope you love this whitewashed table makeover as much as I do!
Whitewashed Table Makeover
For this project I used the left over Country Chic All-in-One paint I received for this contest. I received the product for free for the purpose of the contest and my piece won!!
I knew I wanted a neutral dark grey on the legs and I was able to use left over Country Chic Paint in Cobblestone from another project, I’ve actually used the same pint for several little projects.
As always I sprayed the legs with a bleach/water mixture to help clean and lift any oils from the surface. Then I wiped them down and let them dry for about 15 minutes (I was outside). Country Chic Paint makes it easy to update pretty much anything. I didn’t have to mix a paint, I just opened the lid and grabbed my paint brush.
Oh! Those legs! To finish I sanded using a fine steel wool. This will smooth your paint surface and I even rubbed off some of the paint completely to give it an worn look. I used this clear wax to give it a smooth finish.
For the table top I sanded and sanded and sanded. If you are refinishing a piece there isn’t really a way around this. You can use a finish stripper and I totally need to look into this more. The varnish on the top of this table was killer. It had even started to crack and gunked up my sand paper. Yuck. Once it was smooth (I went up to 22o grit) I also ran steel wool over the surface just to be safe.
Then I stained it using Minwax Classic Grey. I could have stopped there but I wanted something more from the table top. I’m so demanding that way. I decided to dry brush a white paint on it. Tip: be extra careful to brush in straight lines. Your arm and wrist will naturally want to curve so it’s better to brush up and down rather than back and forth. I added a coat of stain to the top of the try brush in order to tone down the harsh white.
And because I am a demanding person, this still wasn’t enough. I decided to whitewash the table top too. I love how the dry brush and white wash add to each other giving it more depth and texture. Again, I stained the top with Classic Grey one more time and finished it off with a sanding with steel wool. I really love the way this whitewashed table makeover turned out. It would have been just fine with the Classic Grey stain too.
I used the same clear wax on the table top too. I would normally use a wipe on poly but I really loved the feel of the wax and I don’t think this table will get the same wear as a dining room table.
Have you whitewashed before?
Check out how those legs open up…
Right now the table is sitting pretty under my gallery wall. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the house. Want a gallery wall of your very own? Check out my tips for creating one here.