Refinishing Kitchen Table with Chalk Paint and Stain - Farmhouse Table Video Tutorial

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Hi friends! A lot has happened since I last posted on here. First things firsts, the Muscaris are now Tennesseans! We sold our house in Illinois in June and moved to Franklin, Tenn. Needless to say, things have been a bit crazy for me unpacking and settling into a new home. 

I finally had a little down time and was able to wrap up a video tutorial of the last project I did in our old house. My husband scored this amazing dumpster dive find back in April, a Pottery Barn table! I gave it a farmhouse spin, and it's now our new kitchen table.

I'll give you a few details down below, but check out the my video to see how to create this look for yourself.

I did a new finish for me on this table top using Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain.

in the color Sunbleached. It's a beautiful finish that gives you that driftwood look that is gray but also lets some of that natural wood goodness shine through. I've worked with this stain before, but this was a new color for me. It is super pigmented, so I only had to do one coat, and it dries fast too. I used my new go to topcoat to seal it, General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat.

For the apron, I used the same technique I did on my last kitchen table makeover. I painted it with one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and distressed the whole surface with a 400 grit sandpaper. I love this paint so much because there is no need to sand or strip your furniture. I didn't seal it with wax or topcoat because I love the chalky finish the paint has, and the apron doesn't get the wear that the table top does. I did the same finish on my last kitchen table, and it held up pretty well with my kids who are some of the messiest people alive. I just use warm water to wipe it up.

All these shots were taken in our old home in Illinois. It looks even better in our new house in Tennessee!

More projects are on the way! I can't wait to share them with you and some shots of our new home. And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, so you don't miss any of my tutorials and reviews.

Paris Grey Hutch Makeover

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It's been a while since I shared a client piece on here, but I had to share the latest client piece I finished. This thing is massive and was in such rough shape when I got it. I just love the way it turned out!

This hutch had been in a storage unit for some time and smelled pretty funky, so I started off by sealing the entire piece in

Zinsser Shellac

. This product along with neutralizing smells helps seal water stains and bleed through. It is always a great idea to coat a piece in Shellac if you don't know its history. I took an old sock and applied it over the entire piece before painting.

Originally, we had decided to rip out the mirrors and replace them with beadboard like on my personal

hutch makeover

. Once I ripped out the mirror, I realized the paneling on the hutch was real wood! It was in such good condition, so I could not bring myself to replace it. In the end, I think the beadboard backing would have detracted from the simplicity of this piece. This was a huge win.

My client selected

Annie Sloan Paris Grey

for this piece which is a great choice for staying neutral without doing white. Exciting side note, you can know buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Amazon!

And for the top, she wanted a two toned look so I used my new go to stain

General Finishes Java Gel Stain

. The veneer on this top was pretty thin, so I used the stain right on top of the finished wood. This is a technique exclusive to gel stain. It is so pigmented you can use it right on top of finished wood. It definitely has a learning curve, but it has a huge payoff. I'm going to make a video on this technique soon for my YouTube channel, so make sure to

subscribe

if you want to see it.

My client's husband had some wood working skills, so he cut a shelf to replace the glass one in the hutch. You can see it in the pic above. I stained it with the Java Gel to match the top of the sideboard. I applied

General Finishes Gel Topcoat

to seal both pieces. Check out these awesome videos the folks at General Finishes put together to show you how to use these products. There is one for

gel stain over an existing finish

 and one for

applying gel topcoat

 (go to the 5 minute mark to see the portion on topcoat).

To add a touch of masculinity, we decided to replace the old hardware with antiqued cup pulls and knobs. This is more costly and in this case I had to drill new holes for the cup pulls, but it gives the piece a whole new look if you are up for the cost. I purchased the hardware from Menards for around $70, but you could also buy it on Amazon. The pulls are from Hickory Hardware, the Williamsburg Cub Cabinet Pull and the Cottage Cabinet Knob in dark antique copper. Click on the pictures below to see their specifications or to purchase them on Amazon.

The original hardware was not a standard 3" size. I run into this a lot with older pieces. Since I was using a cup pull there was no need to fill in the existing holes. I drilled new ones to fit the 3" cup pulls,  and they covered the old holes. If you are drilling new holes, I highly suggest getting a

cabinet mounting kit

. It will make measuring so much easier!

I finished this piece off with some light distressing. Then I sealed the entire piece with

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

. Then I used a light application of

Annie Sloan Dark Wax

around my distressed areas.

My client also decided she wanted to keep the glass in the cabinet doors. So I had to tape them off and spray paint the brass etching with some

Rust-oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint Metallic

. This is my go to paint for getting a metal finish on hardware/metal. I used the color Burnished Amber.

I forgot to take pictures of this, but it is the same technique I used in a

sideboard makeover

if you need more details. Here is the finished door.

I had to crank through this pretty quickly because my client was relocating to China and had to start getting her stuff in shipping crates. I loved the way this turned out, and I am excited to know she will have a piece of cozy, farmhouse style in her home all the way in China!

If you need more step by step instructions on working with Chalk Paint. Check out my

YouTube Channel

 to see all my tutorials. I am hoping to really ramp up my channel this year. Let me know what you want to see.

And don't forget you can now buy Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Amazon. Use my affiliate link on Amazon to help support Pretty Distressed! 

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Off to Market

Spring is in the air, and this is my favorite time of the year to paint. Drawing up the garage door and taking in the fresh air while sipping on an iced coffee from my Keurig was the place where Pretty Distressed was born. It soothes my soul. It is also a great time of year for moving and garage sales, and I just scored two beautiful pieces from such a sale. Today, I will be sharing the first reveal from my haul. And the most exciting news is she is looking for a new home.



This Queen Anne Thomasville sideboard is a real beauty, and she was in such great shape that it was pretty hard to take my paint brush to it. But you know me, I just couldn't help myself. I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in French Linen with some medium distressing. Then, I finished it off with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear and some dark around the detailing to give it that aged patina. French Linen is considered a neutral, so it really can blend in with any color pallet.

I love how formal and fancy this piece is, but the paint job makes it casual and comfy at the same time. She is also really versatile. It would really work great as a focal point in a foyer like I staged it, but it could also be used behind a sofa, as a media center, or the classic approach of a server in a dining room.







Once I got it all staged up in my foyer, I felt really tempted to keep it. It is such a different look than my Goodwill Dresser that sits here. But in the end, I decided I am not quite ready to part ways with my signature piece yet. This little lady sure made me ponder it for a while. So, off to market she goes. Check out my Shop Furniture tab if you are interested in purchasing this piece or want to check out the rest of my work up for sale.

Are you a spring junkie like me? Is anyone else out there enjoying painting outside again? Here's to more reveals soon!

Goodwill Dresser Video Tutorial Part 2

The second part of my Goodwill dresser video tutorial is here. Last time, I covered painting the piece and hardware. Today, I will show you how to distress and clear wax the piece using sandpaper and Annie Sloan Clear Wax.


If you need a little more help on either distressing or clear waxing check out my other video tutorials. I have one for distressing and one for clear waxing.

Here are links to all the products used in this tutorial:

Originally, I thought I could break this tutorial into two parts, but I wanted to make sure they are thorough enough for the novice to average painter. Part three will come next week and will cover the most daunting part in my opinion- dark wax. But seriously, it isn't that scary. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel to be one of the first to see the final video once it goes live.

Walmart Kitchen Table Makeover


walmart kitchen table

I am so pregnant, but I managed to sneak in one more client job before we welcome this baby to the fold. Today, we will be looking at a makeover I did for a client who just bought her first home. She is looking to make it her own without breaking the bank and wanted to start with this table and benches she got from Walmart.com. I know some of you might be skeptical about buying furniture from Walmart, but this set is really well made and all wood at an affordable price. Honestly, it is a great set as is, but she wanted to give it a little more character, so we decided to lighten and distress it up. The result is a cozy, little farmhouse table.
chalk paint kitchen table farmhouse

The top of the table had a great butcher block finish, so we decided not to touch that and just focus on the apron and legs. As with all my client pieces, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. We went with one of my favorites and a classic, Old White. Followed with lots of distressing with a 150 grit sandpaper and finished off with Annie Sloan Soft Wax in clear. I used a tiny amount of a 1:1 mix of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in dark and clear on the detailing of the legs of both the table and benches to make the aging and distressing look more natural. Cutting the dark wax with clear softens the look as opposed to using it at full strength. I highly recommend this when applying over Old White or your piece may become too muddy.  
annie sloan

annie sloan old white

annie sloan chalk paint farmhouse table

I love the way the detail of the legs pop once you lighten them up. The black hid those beautiful curves. What do you think? Are we crazy for painting a brand new piece? We don't think so!