Painted Kitchen Table Part Two

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Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings 

I left you last week with Part 1 of our kitchen table makeover. Here’s a reminder of the table after the sanding job my husband and son accomplished. Now my hubby will take over with the details. I’m just in charge of the pictures!

 Kitchen Table Makeover from Marty's Musings

Tim: Back to the hubby for the gory details! After getting the top suitable for finishing, it was time to determine just where this project was going. The china hutch and small kitchen buffet in this space were done with Annie Sloan chalk paint and then distressed. However, those pieces were done over dark wood so the distressing was quite pronounced. This table was a very blonde pine.

I originally thought a good alternative would be a white-wash effect, but even this effect was muted because of the light wood. So, I made the decision to go white and then try and work backwards with some kind of “faux distressing.” Yes, that may be a new technique with unknown results, but forward I went. Below is the table, inside the kitchen, ready for treatment.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings-2

The direction I went may startle even the most weathered artisan; I chose to mix white latex ceiling paint (the Eminence can below, an awesome product) with the Minwax water based Polycrylic in a clear satin finish. With 23 years experience as a painting contractor, I knew the go-ahead was the fact that these were both water based products. Normally, and under any other circumstances, mixing paint and poly would be a bad idea. But, you can go ahead as long as you mix water with water or oil with oil. Oil and water do not mix.

There was no magic formula or ratio. I just mixed, starting with small portions and sampling on a spare pine piece of lumber. When the right effect and depth was achieved, I increased the ratios and went to the table.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

Here’s the beginning of that sampling process and the effect was not dramatic enough. I was looking for a deeper and whiter color, so the experimentation continued. I didn’t mind the imperfections showing through, but there was still just too much pine. 

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

This is the first coat of the paint/poly combo right on top of the bare pine. The leaf, in the center of the table, was done first and ended up being my experimental area.

If I totally blew whatever happened on the leaf, I could just pull it out and start over without re-working the entire table top. Working with the grain here in nice, long strokes and catching any drips at the edges.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

I wasn’t completely sold on the solid white effect, so I experimented on the leaf by lightly dragging a rag dipped in dark walnut stain across the surface.  Bad move – didn’t like it at all. So I quickly removed as much as possible and re-coated with the paint/poly stuff.

Here’s a critical tip; if you are custom mixing any kind of multiple products, be SURE and mix enough at the very beginning for the entire project, even if it means you finish with too much. If you run out before you finish, it is highly unlikely that your new mix attempt will match the first round you started with! Trust me, you don’t want to let this happen.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

 So here is the top with two coats of the milky paint and polyurethane combination, not quite dry. I still wanted just a bit more depth, so a third coat of the same and then two top coats of just the polyurethane to finish. Five coats in all, lightly sanding and cleaning in between each. 

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

 And here is the end result. The grain of the leaf actually runs opposite the rest of the top, so it looks slightly different in color in this picture. Not as jarring in reality.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

Back to Marty: here’s a before and after pic of the transformation. Pretty amazing difference.

 Kitchen Table Before and After

And lest you think I have no input, Tim and I discuss each of these projects ad nauseum before we start! I scour Pinterest and Hometalk and send him links with ideas. In each of these DIY kitchen projects it’s been a trial and error process to start and see what worked and didn’t. I am incredibly pleased with the outcome, but it wasn’t without sweat (Tim’s) and tears (mine!) 

Here you get a sneak look at our  chair makeover and a closeup of the table base. If you recall from the previous post, the base was left unfinished and received two coats of the clear Polycrylic polyurethane. It was a nice effect and saved my hubby the trouble of doing everything white.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

We love the contrast of the wood base with the painted top. The room feels so much lighter with the big white table instead of the large dark slab. (My husband is a tad bit concerned about the wear of a white top, but I think with five coats of poly we should be good. The surface is really quite hard.)

 Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

 This section of the room is done…..except to decorate the walls and then eventually put in new Pergo flooring like we did in our den.

I still want to show you the fabric I used in the kitchen and the way we decided to use these chairs and make them work for this space.

Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

It is absolutely stunning how this room has changed! It is light and bright even though there is only one window in the entire room! 

 From drab to fab! Painted Kitchen Table from Marty's Musings

Have you been following along with our kitchen makeover? First there was the 1970’s outdated china hutch and small kitchen buffet transformed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Then came my husband’s creative mason jar chandelier project and fence board backsplash. Finally, I livened up the room with these whimsical kitchen canisters

So you’re probably thinking my hubby is amazing! And he definitely is. He has even written some Ask Tim posts where he shares tips on exterior painting, peeling wallpaper solutions, textured ceiling removal and sheetrock repair.

Linking with: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Crafty Texas Girls, Today’s Creative Blog, Chef in Training, Savvy Southern Style, We are That Family, Seven Thirty Three, From my Front Porch to Yours, 36th Avenue, Stone Gable, 52 Mantels, French Country Cottage, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, Miss Mustard Seed, 504 Main, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, DIY Showoff, Craft-o-Maniac, Between Naps on the Porch, An Original Belle, Inside BruCrew Life, Cupcakes and Crinoline, Beneath My Heart

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  1. Amazing. I love the table being white, you so rarely see that and leaving the base neutral is such a wonderful contrast. Great tutorial also and some valuable tips about mixing paints. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  2. How pretty! You two are amazing. Lots of great information and a beautiful “after”.
    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

    • Hi, Jeanette. Thanks for commenting on our table makeover. I say “our” lightly! My husband did a great job and I couldn’t be more pleased. Have a great day!

  3. Wow, definitely an improvement! I love how it looks, and enforces my thoughts to do our tables. Great job, Tim!! Well worth the tears, Marty!
    Debbie 🙂

    • Hey, Debbie. I am so glad my hubby did our kitchen table. I wasn’t so sure in the process, but it looks so much better it’s amazing! Thanks for being such an encourager!

  4. I love how you out this project together and the fact that you two work in such harmony! Fantastic combo! You have created some truly beautiful pieces! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Bev at Give me a paintbrush

    • Hi, Bev. Thanks for leaving a comment on our table makeover post. My husband and I have learned how to give and take, that’s for sure! I know what I want but he has to figure out how to make it work!

  5. oh so cute!! I love touring your kitchen!

    • Steph, you’re so sweet with your comment on our kitchen. One half of our kitchen looks amazing. The other half, not so much 🙂 It’s definitely a work in progress. Thanks so much for stopping by Marty’s Musings.

  6. I’m inspired! We have a wooden kitchen table same shape and size as yours that I have covered with a tablecloth. I love what you did as it’s so much more natural…I just fear it would take me weeks to pull it off…we are so uncrafty when it comes to makeovers like that with furniture but maybe we’ll give it a try. Thank you for the step by step process…helpful to see the process unfold visually! Enjoy mealtime!

    • Thanks, Linda, for commenting on my kitchen table makeover. My husband did a great job! I’m not very good at painting (I’m never allowed near it because Tim is a professional) but I would still give it a try if I were you. With our table, it couldn’t have gotten much worse! Have a blessed day!

  7. Ooh It looks amazing!! Love it! I would love if you bring this to my new Link Party Bewitch Me & Titi on Sunday!!!, So cool!

    Have a lovely day!
    Cami @ TitiCrafty blogspot

  8. {Melinda} It looks beautiful! Oh how I wish my husband and I were this handy! 🙂

  9. I love how your table turned out! It is just gorgeous! Would you consider sharing this and any other projects you may have over at my Pinterest Party?


  10. White is so much calmer. I think it looks exquisite! May I invite you to come link it up at ?! Would love to see it there!

  11. I love how fresh and bright the table makes the room feel. Looks great!

  12. Beautiful, sometimes I really wish my husband was handy!

    • Hi, Mel. I’m glad you liked our kitchen table makeover. My husband is quite handy, and I think I’ll keep him around!
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  13. So pretty! Love the new color!
    I’m visiting you today from CRAFT. I’m co-hosting a Link Up today; I hope you get a chance to stop by Link Up and comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  14. I just love how your table turned out, Marty! I’m a big fan of pieces of furniture where part of the piece is painted and part of it is left au-naturel.

  15. Your table looks fabulous! My brother gave me a table just like yours, that had 18 hard years with 2 kids. I want to do the top only in black to match my dining room. Can you give me some hints on the mixing of what paints and poly or whatever, I’d like a flat looking surface in black and the trim around the table and the base would remain the oak color. But I’d like it to be durable. Also, did you refinish your chairs white also, or did you just buy them?

    • Hi, Kay! My hubby has some advice for you! Kay,

      You have a couple different directions you can go, dependent upon your comfort level working with oil-based paint. However, the key for us was to really prepare the table well, and for you it will be just as important – 18 years is a lot of abuse! I took our table completely apart and sanded everything out on the deck. I won’t go into that detail because the surface will determine the amount of work required.

      Once ready to paint you have two options; the first is to prime with a tinted (the darkest gray you can get mixed) oil-based primer, lightly sand when dry, and then top-coat with a flat black latex paint. Repeat and then finish with a flat oil polyurethane to seal and protect the finish, preferably two coats, sanding between.

      The other option is to prime as above but top-coat with an oil-based black paint. You may have trouble finding flat in your area but no worry, you can knock the gloss down with the flat oil polyurethane. The process is the same.

      Let me offer a bit of caution about HOW you apply all this primer and paint. This is a big surface and, if not done correctly, you will see every flaw, lap mark, or texture. IF you choose to apply everything with a roller, be aware that you will get an “orange-peel” texture. This will be especially pronounced after priming. You can sand some of it out, but it will NOT disappear completely. If you choose to apply with only a brush, you must work VERY quickly, maintaining a “wet edge”. This means never brushing back into an area that has dried. You’ll end up with wicked lap marks and heavy brush strokes.

      My recommendation is a combination of both. Pull the table apart and work only one section at a time. Use a roller to apply the primer or paint and then immediately put light brush strokes on the surface by simply dragging the brush in parallel lines. Watch your drips around the edges and don’t forget to treat the edges where the table sections meet (the leafs). You will be able to work the polyurethane a bit easier because it doesn’t set-up quite so fast. So, the primer will dry obnoxiously fast and you must be faster! Anything oil-based will give you more time to work.

      Last (and I am SO sorry to be so long with this), I highly recommend Behr’s Ultra Plus primer/paint combo, but any quality combo should work well for you. Minwax makes a great Spar Urethane, which has outstanding durability. If you find that, after the first coat of polyurethane, the finish is too dull, bump up to a satin finish and you’ll get just a bit more glow, not shine. Want the shine? Bump up one more notch to semi-gloss.

      Good Luck!

      Kay, here’s the post on our chairs:

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