The next step in our dinning room makeover was the table. We spent time looking at every table known to man kind. I started with a budget of about $500 but over time bumped that to $1,000. When I was ready to spend $1,000 on a table I didn't love I knew something had to give. I just couldn't justify spending that much on a table. Feeling frustrated I told my family over dinner about our frustration in trying to find a table. My brother and law said "We have a table you can have." Excited about another DIY and the possibility of coming in way under budget I double checked that he knew I wasn't going to just put it in our dining room...I wanted to white wash it. As we talked about it I found out that this table has had many homes and been past from one sibling to the next....so on that note, thank you to all my extended siblings for adding to the character of this table.
Here is the table...
It started as a fairly ordinary, well made, sturdy table. I love the shape of the table but felt as though the yellowy orange stain didn't match the rustic chic look I was going for. So I decided to strip the table, sand it down and white wash the top.
One of my favourite parts of this project was spending time with my husband. Normally when I launch into project mode, he rolls his eyes and heads for the couch...he watches football while I work on projects via trial and error. This time he was excited about the project (maybe just the money he was saving???). This is him stripping the table and next is him using a power sander...not going to lie, he looked hot with a power tool.
Once all the sanding was done I mixed one part paint with two parts water to white wash the top and since it has been awhile since I actually finished this table I can't remember what the final measurements were that I used. I added more white paint as I felt it was too subtle. Essentially I painted the mixture on then wiped it off. Just that easy! We wanted to seal the top without getting a shinny top so we sealed it with a matte clear varathane.
Our first dinner for two at our new table!