08 March 2013

Vintage and Modern?

Our first dining table was perfect for our growing family.  For years it served as our multipurpose table and was covered in glue, glitter and paint.  Now that our family has grown we  purchased a larger table and our old friend was put in the garage to gather dust.  There she waited for the day she would be restored to her former beauty and sold to a new family.  Click here for pricing information. Today is her day! I was inspired by this beautiful grain sack farmhouse table design by Aimee at The Vintage Estate.  My table is modern in style but I think the grain sack design would work for this table too.  Can furniture be both Vintage and Modern?  Sure, why not? (I just answered a question with a question).


Step by Step, how to refinish a table.

Sand:

I used a palm sander with 60 grit paper to remove the old finish. Then again with 220 sand paper to make a smooth finish.  To remove the dust I first used compressed air and then wiped the wood with mineral spirits.



I removed the legs to make sanding and painting easier.


Paint Legs:

After she was sanded smooth it was time for paint.  I have wanted to make my own chalk paint and I thought this would be a great project to try it on.  After a little research I decided to use this formula.

How to Make Chalk Paint:
2 cups paint
5 TBS of Plaster of Paris
2 TBS of water

I used a baby formula can to mix and store the paint.  It worked great!


I painted the legs and after they were dry I attached them to the table.  I taped off the underside of the table top, that part will be stained. 

Paint Top:

Lay out the design.  To help paint clean lines press the tape firmly onto the table.

 

I used a small foam roller to apply the paint.  To get a clean stripe apply the first coat of paint thinly.

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After a few coats I removed the tape while the paint was still wet.  I painted the legs white too.  I lightly sanded the edges of the legs to expose the natural wood.

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Stain:

After the paint was dry applied MinWax Dark Walnut Stain all over.  Even on top of the the paint!  It gave the paint an aged look.

To stain the top I used a rag to apply 3 coats ( until I was satisfied with the color) letting the stain dry between each application.  I didn't wipe it off.

To stain the legs (working in sections) I used a rag to apply the stain.

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I immediately wiped off the stain using a clean rag.

dark walnut stain, chalk painted table, how to glaze over paint with stain

Seal:

I used Minwax Polycrylic Gloss to seal the table.  I like that it dries fast and clear.  I followed the instructions on the can.




So what do you think?  Could it be both Vintage and Modern?

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dark walnut stain, chalk painted table, vintage and modern style, grainsack striped table

Could Wolverine be both Vintage and Modern too? :)

X-Men Wolverine Leather Jacket

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62 comments:

  1. I LOVE the end result! The lines give it such a unique touch! Love checking in to see what your up to! Have a great weekend!

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  2. I love the table! What a great before and after transformation! I adore the water based poly-acrilic. It isn't as thick and shiny as the regular poly and super easy clean up. Thanks for sharing:)
    xxx
    Kim

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    1. Thank you. I love the polycrylic, I don't know if I'll ever use anything else.

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  3. The table turned out fabulous. Love the stripes!

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  4. That looks great!! Nice job! :)

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  5. You did so good! I can't believe that's the same table, and the stripes really add some character. Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

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    1. Thank you. I know, total transformation. I'm glad you liked it.

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  6. Great job making old new AND modern. Love it!!

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  7. Great makeover! I love the stripes and the table looks like new!

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  8. I love what you did with this table. I just bought a bashed up old coffee table from Craigslist and this is just the inspiration I needed.

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  9. what a fabulous idea... love it. Here from Random-osity. will be back to look around.

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  10. what a transformation!! i love this idea! and yes, i believe it can be vintage and modern. :)

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  11. What a great table! Love how you transformed it!

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  12. You did a beautiful job! Impressive for sure. Thank you for walking us through this and giving us ideas!

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    1. Thanks, I like to share and teach the things I figure out.

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  13. Lovely job on the table. I say yes to the modern-vintage combo! Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share!

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    1. Thanks, you're welcome. Thanks for the great parties.

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  14. That came out GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it- thanks for sharing it with me!

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  15. Your table turned out so well! Love the stripes. I love mixing vintage and modern together.

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  16. Wolverine can be whatever he wants to be... love that man! haha

    This table is gorgeous!! Simple, yet striking! Now, can something be simple and striking? I think we're coming up with all sorts of contradictions!

    I host a weekly Friday link-up party and I would love it if you would link this or any other great posts up sometime!
    http://www.parloandlogi.com/category/f-it-friday/

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  17. The stripes on there are simply amazing. That table is a piece of art......

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. I think it is too. No table cloth for this table.

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  18. Of course it can!! I love vintage & modern together. It looks great :)
    - Lora

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  19. WOW, that is impressive. What a great transformation. I love the stain you used. My hubby makes quite a bit of tables etc. - I'm showing this to him!!!
    Ann

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    1. I'm really pleased with the color too. It really enhanced the table top.

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  20. Great rescue, Callie! I LOVE the stripes!

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  21. Love how this turned out!! I love the stipes on the top! The wood looks so gorgeous now with the stain!

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    1. Thanks, I think the table looks better now than when it was brand new.

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  22. Love those stripes! You can definitely mix vintage and modern!

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  23. Fantastic! I love the stripes! I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this at The Gunny Sack!

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  24. I love the stripes with the modern look too!! I am going to do some more grain sack stripes on my son's dresser too!! Thanks for the shout out!

    Aimee@TheVintageEstate

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    1. You're welcome. It really was a great idea. I can't wait to see your dresser too.

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  25. Happy to feature you at the party this morning! Thanks so much for joining us!

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. You always have great parties.

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  26. Great makeover, this table is smoking hot now. ~di

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  27. LOVE the table - so gorgeous!! Hahaha on Wolverine. :) Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. When I finished the table I knew it reminded me of his vintage jacket.

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  28. I say yes it can. The table looks fantastic! I thought, "Wow she is staining in a leather jacket!" When I paint, my kiddos are embarrassed about my clothes--all painted and stained up :) Thank you for linking this up with Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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    1. It was so cold out side, even in the garage. It's funny that you noticed.

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  29. I love this! Thank you for all the detailed instructions too. I am sharing at my party today. -K

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