Sunday, August 15, 2010

lake side

pastor j and i took the boys to my aunt and uncle's lake house last week. our plan was to spend the week but that was cut short. really short. we had to leave on day two. more on that in a later post. before we left i was able to crank out a new look for their dinner table. i did this for two reason's. one, as a thank you to my aunt and uncle for their generosity. they make their lake home available to us on a regular basis and  i have been wanting to do something for them as a thank you. when she told me she really liked the treatment i'd done on my own table i knew just what to do. and, two, i, apparently, cannot go a day without painting something!

their table is a bit different than ours, different grain and it had vertical and horizontal grooves. i changed up the treatment just a little for that reason and because it's at the lake. i wanted it to have more of a coastal feel, rather than a farmhouse feel, like mine.

my view while painting. foggy and beautiful!

i decided to do a white wash technique.
here's what i did. . .

1. lightly sanded everything. not a lot, just enough for the paint to grab hold. and i wanted to maintain the color for it to peak through on the table top.

2. painted the legs. two coats.

3. dry brush technique on top. using 1/3 paint and 2/3 water, dip the brush and wipe most of it off then run the brush in the direction of the grain.

4. i let that dry and did a second coat, then a third.

5. using my palm sander i roughed up the legs. using a 220 grit i hand sanded the top until achieving the look i wanted.

6. because it's a dinning table and it's white i used deft wood finish to finish it off. deft won't yellow like polyurethane and leaves a nice smooth finish. it is glossy so you may want to run some 220 grit sandpaper over it ever so lightly if you want a more worn look.

it really brightens up the room and fits the rest of the space beautifully!

this 'after' shot was taken as we were gathering our things to run out the door. kids were in the van, pastor j was grabbing last minute items and i stopped to take a quick shot. pastor j doesn't even say anything anymore. he just looks at me and shakes his head.

i'll tell ya why we had to make a dash for it next time!

i'm linking up with cottage instincts, between naps of the porch, domestically speaking, mustard seed creations, life in the fun lane, and funky junk interiors.


  1. Nice work Stacy!
    Gregg Peake

  2. That is just beautiful, taking out of date to stylish and fab! Good job!! I am visiting from Cottage Instincts


  3. This is just amazing! I'm always looking for new ways to paint/finish furniture. I've not seen that deft stuff...will look for it as I've not had real good luck using Polycrylic. Leaves bubbles even when I don't shake it and use foam rollers/brushes. Grrr...

    So glad you could Mi4M!

    ::cottage instincts::

  4. Oh, I love it!
    It really came out nice!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Very nice. I love the finish! Different and original. Beautiful job!

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  7. I love your table. It turned out very nice.

  8. Very nice!! Thanks for sharing! I'm coming from DS Paint Party! :) I'm your newest follower! Visit me at Sassy Sites!

  9. I have been wanting to do something like this on our old dining table that now lives on the veranda, thank you for showing me how.

  10. Wow! I love it. It looks like a completely different table now.


  11. The table truly resembles the view while you were painting - Beautiful transformation!

  12. Love this technique and result! Thanks for the tutorial...would love to try this sometime! So inviting!

  13. Beautiful--what a fresh look! Thanks for the tutorial, its always nice to learn a new technique.

  14. I like the finished product. Thanks for the tip about deft wood finish, never heard of it. Poly-acrylic doesn't yellow either but it's so expensive.

  15. Love it! Thanks for sharing your tips. I just picked up an old 3 drawer dresser tonight and may try this technique. I became a follower.

  16. thanks y'all. if any of you work on your own version i'd love to see it. and for those that commented on deft. . . i have grown to prefer that over polycrylic and polyurethane for that matter. it also comes in aerosol.

  17. Great job. Love the way it looks.

    I am partying with you tonight. Stop by if you have a chance.

  18. Your table looks beautiful; love your rug too!


  19. It looks great! The new paint job definately gave it a fresh look!