This little drop leaf table has been waiting so patiently for a new look. A traditional table painted in a classic way is just what it needed.
First off the table needed a good cleaning. I ignored the table for so long that it was covered in sawdust. After the table was thoroughly clean by wiping it down with Murphy’s Oil Soap, I repaired a little crack in the leg with wood filler and sanded it smooth.
I always planned on painting the table in neutral colors. I started with my DIY version of chalk paint in a mid-tone gray. My favorite DIY chalk paint recipe is one part plaster of Paris mixed with water and three parts paint stirred in. The consistency should be like crepe batter. I prefer painting in thin coats. It looks smoother. Here is another example of using the DIY recipe.
The second color of the DIY chalk paint is a creamy white. While the paint is still a little wet dampen a paper towel or cloth and rub the paint off in strategic spots so the other color shows through. This is called wet distressing.
I used an ivory mixed into the creamy color for the last coat of paint. To create a subtle effect I didn’t paint every inch of the table with the ivory. That way the two colors blend and enhance the legs.
To smooth out the paint, I sanded the legs with a 1200 grit sand paper. And waxed with clear to give them a nice luster.
Notice I never mentioned the table top? I was planning on painting the top the same way and then stencil a French script on the top. The finish was actually crackling off. Yup, it had to be sanded to the wood. I started with a 60 grit and finished with 220 grit. I ended up staining the top. The cherry stain on the table top gives the table the classic look that I like so much. I am glad I was forced to change the plan.
I used Tung oil to protect the top, just follow the directions on the brand that you buy. A traditional table painted in a classic way fits perfectly between the two curbside chairs I had recovered. Do you like the classic look?
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