I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.
I’ve been wanting to update our dining area for some time now. It’s a space that has NEVER felt complete to me no matter how many times I move things around and I’m determined to get it right. So over the next few months I’ll be taking you through a process of making sublet changes that make a huge different. Ready for the step 1?
After years of contemplation, I finally gave my dining room table a complete makeover using sand paper, stain, paint and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape! That’s all it took for this Farmhouse Table Makeover. The whole project cost roughly $85.
We bought this table back in 2008 with money that we received as a wedding gift. It was also one of the first big furniture purchases we made as newlyweds so it definitely holds some sentimental value. BUT, over the years it has been through a lot. A dog, two kids and two adults and one of those is a very messy crafter (can you guess who?). And if you were thinking it was my three-year-old, you are wrong. Let’s just say it was in need of a major facelift.
I am a huge fan of two tone pieces and I knew right away that’s what I wanted to do on this table. I love the rich dark wood mixed with the rustic white. It’s heavenly.
– ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093 EL
– 50 grit and 220 grit sand paper
– white chalky paint
– clear soft wax
– paint brushes
– dark walnut stain
– semi-gloss polyurethane (Polycrylic is best to use as it has a hard protective finish that allows the water to bubble up)
So this is what the table looked like when I started. Yup, here it is in all its glory. It was definitely in need of some love.
I started by sanding down the entire table top with 50 grit sand paper. Then I went over it with 220 grit paper to create a really smooth surface. This worked really well. It look me about 3 hours to strip the tabletop and prep it for staining.
PS. Make sure you wear a respiratory mask and glasses while sanding!
Next up, staining. I went with a Dark Walnut stain. It’s my favorite and matches everything else in my house. Typically, I only do one coat of stain on my projects because I love seeing the woodgrain, but this time I went with two coats to really richen the look.
I waited 24 hours and then applied a layer of water-based semi-gloss polyurethane to seal it.
Because I went with a two-tone look I really wanted a crisp line to distinguish the stain and the white paint so I used ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surface withAdvanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector to create that really clean line. This type of tape is perfect to use on wood projects. Its really gentle on the surface but still creates a perfect line.
I taped the top and then gave the table two coats of a light chalky paint.
To give the table a rustic farmhouse style, I gave it a chippy look by taking sand paper and roughing up the edges. And I finished off the piece with clear soft-wax on both the chalky paint and over the top of the table top. I love the finish with the wax, it is so smooth.
For the chairs, I did the same technique as the table. Sand with 50 grit, then 220 grit. Stain with Dark Walnut. Seal. Tape with Tape with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. 2 Coats of Chalky Paint. Distress. Wax.
I seriously love how clean the lines are between the two tones. This tape rocks.
Look at that difference! I’m so glad I removed the existing finish, not just because it was so scratced but because it looked too manufactured. Now you can see the wood grain and it is full of character.
I’m so excited about this first step in the dining room makeover project. By refinishing the table and replacing the rug I can already see a transformation!
We chose to get rid of the original bench that went with the table. I loved the look but no one in my family seemed to like sitting on it, so I thought it was time to switch it out. I’d love to find metal accent chairs for either side of the table, I just can’t seem to find the right size!
While I would absolutely LOVE to put alternative flooring in the dining area, it’s just not in the cards for this house. So for now, I’ll have to use a pretty rug to help keep the carpets clean :)