Well, it took me weeks longer than
Here is the before once again:
After lots of cleaning, sanding, staining, painting, distressing, and waxing here is the after!
I went with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in french linen and pure white just as I planned. The top isn't exactly what I was going for, nevertheless I think it turned out beautiful and I am proud of it :)
I started by using some paint removing gel on the table top to remove most of the original stain. Then Scott sanded it down really well for me until it was bare wood. I love when he does the dirty jobs for me :)
Then I felt stuck. I wasn't sure if I should stain the top before whitewashing it. So I tested a spot and here's what it looked like. Not good!
After sanding that area down again I stained it with some Minwax Jacobean stain. Then I felt stuck again! After the hours of work I put in on a piece of furniture I get super scared to do anything else to it, what if I ruin it and have to start over?!?!
Well, after some encouragement from Scott I decided to dry brush the top with pure white so that the stain would show through. Here's how it looked after two coats.
It was okay, but not everything I'd been dreaming of. So I decided since it probably couldn't get any worse I should try whitewashing over the whole thing. And hallelujah, it worked!! It helped it look less stripy and more like a weathered white table top.
You can see in my pictures that I was impatient and did things out of order. While I was feeling stuck on the table top I went ahead and painted the legs with french linen. This went incredibly fast and I loved them right away. But then while staining and painting and whitewashing the top I of course splattered on the apron a few times and had to touch everything up!! Have patience, have patience, don't be in such a hurry.....
To protect it I used a few coats of clear wax on the table top and I used dark wax on the legs.
I am planning on selling the table. I'm going to try Craigslist and also I'm going to look into Ebay Personals. I just read about it in my MIL's Good Housekeeping mag, have any of you tried it? Wish me luck!!
Here's some more afters for you!
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