Adding Character to Our Dining Table
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Lately, I've been focusing on actually "doing" things rather than waffling or delaying them. It really does feel good to check things off the list and move on to the next thing and the thing after that. Our dining room, as I've mentioned before, is in the midst of a few updates. The curtains are finished and I still have to make the roman shade for the side window (not pictured).
One other detail I wanted to address was the oak table. It was a piece my husband and I had custom made for our lighting showroom way back when. It's not exactly our style, but I thought I could make it work or feel a little more "us" by altering the color. While an entire home full of painted, distressed furniture would never appeal to me, a piece here or there is rather nice. Between the dining table, the sideboard, and the china cabinet (both not pictured), there were too many wood finishes for one space. I thought a white distressed finish might help to break up the wood tones while at the same time playing nicely with the white dining chairs.
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and it was hands down the easiest piece I've ever painted. Even though no prep work is required, I did clean the table with a water/alcohol solution first just for my own peace of mind. I applied a quick coat of chalk paint using a dry brushing technique then lightly sanded in spots. A final coat of water based poly in satin topped it off for a smooth low luster finish. None of us could have lived with the feeling of chalk paint on that table so poly was a must.
I'm really happy with how the table turned out! There are several other changes in the works, but for now the table is a huge improvement.