the table kicked the bucket...

...the paint bucket, that is.  I bought this table 20 years ago mostly because it was solid wood and had a leaf that folds in and out of the table top so that I didn't have to find a place to store the leaf.  Over the years I've had a love/hate relationship with this table.  I'm not overly fond of the look of it but until recently I really just wanted to get rid of it and get a cute table...  until I discovered my chalk paint revolution.

So here are the BEFORE shots:



I painted it with two coats of my favourite off-white chippy paint and then I topped it with a two coats of Minwax Dark Paste Wax and buffed the heck out of it.

AFTER:
and now it works with my freshly painted Baker's Rack as well!

Here is a close-up to show you how cool the dark wax looks over white paint.  I use cheesecloth to apply the wax and the roughness of the cheesecloth together with the roughness of the chippy paint  cause an uneven wax coat on the first go-over and makes it look like a wood grain. I so love this paint treatment :)

I'd like some opinions, too, on whether or not I should paint the wicker chairs or leave them natural.  White, black or natural - what do you think?



Have a happy and creative week!

34 comments:

  1. Ah yes, much nicer. My dining table is similar and has the fold away extension; love!

    As soon as the humidity dies down, and it corresponds to actually having the time to do it, I'm going to paint mine too.

    I just love those chairs.

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  2. Love the white color. Looks wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  3. That is a great table!..and you made it greater by giving it your magic touch!!...I love the new color with the great wax...and those chairs are the best!...They look fantastic with the refurbished table...and let's not forget the aqua touches on the table...love it Anne!!!

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  4. Beautiful! I love how your table looks.

    Dee

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  5. Great Makeover! I need to save my ugly table too. It has had one too ;)

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  6. Awesome! I love how much nicer it looks. It's an amazing feeling when something just turns out better isn't it? Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope to see how your jars turn out! I am your newest follower!

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  7. Anne? Do you make house calls? Your table looks fantastic! <3

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  8. yes yes yes. lightening it up worked wonders!

    stop by if you have a moment as i just posted a giveaway:
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-sale-giveaway.html

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  9. it's so easy to find a replacement, but so much more fun to fix up the old, don't you think? great job in visualising

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  10. Good Morning Anne! You are such a DIY gal, the table turned out great and yes, I love the chairs too! They look so sturdy but chic too!

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  11. I'm loving that white table! Thanks for stopping by with your inspiring comment!

    Jody

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  12. Awesome!! The light paint with the dark wax is perfect ... that space is really coming together. And now your mail bin pops! Love.

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  13. Don't you just love when furniture makeovers turn out just like you hoped? Looks great!

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  14. Love the newly painted table with those whicker chairs. You go girl!
    Kelly

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  15. Painting the table white gave the room a whole new look and really brightened up the space. great job

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  16. Anne, this is my first time here. I am totally impressed. i love the work you've done and the warmth of your personality that permeates your blog. Thank you ever so much. i am following you now, so i will be back.

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  17. Anne,

    This is amazing! I really like the wood grain look and I never knew wax helped to create it! I love the clean lines of the table! You are a rock star!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  18. Wow, love the color too. Great job.

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  19. Fantastic table. I just finished my first chalk paint makeover as well.

    Stopping by from Homemaker on a Dime link party.

    www.artisticexpressionsbyelisabeth.blogspot.com

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  20. You did a wonderful job! It looks so much better! I love that soft whitewashed look. Please stop by at my new party "Totally Transformed Tuesday" and share it @ http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com

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  21. Visiting from Cowgirl Up and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog! I'll be back. . .

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  22. Your table looks great. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  23. What a pretty room! You are so industrious!
    ♥Linsey

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  24. Aloha and thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed my beach photos. in response to your question:

    I know Anne :o( It is beautiful, and I love it here...but some time you have to lead with your head and not with the heart. Since there is no sure date yet for our move, I'll enjoy it as long as I can.

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  25. Love the color of your "new" table... I would leave the chairs the color they are.. I love the white and wood combo!
    Susan
    Homeroad.net

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  26. Oh, that is such a pretty make over! I think it really helps with tying in the white and silver chandelier. The bakers rack looks so pretty, too! Good job. I am not sure that I would paint the chairs, but I am sure you will make the right decision, you are on a roll here!
    Blessings,
    Susie
    Block Party

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  27. MUCH better! I think I have this table as well. Currently being used in Drew's office to hold his plethora of computer equipment.

    Miss your face!

    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

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  28. What a beautiful job! A great technique for a white washed look! And I love the chairs their natural color. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  29. Cute table and the chairs look darling with it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  30. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table makeover on SImple & Sweet Fridays!

    Jody

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  31. It looks lovely! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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