Monday, March 21, 2011

Dining Room Table Makeover Part 1

    So just a note that this is my first post.  I have no archives to search yet.  And my best friends and my husband are my only followers I'm okay with that.  And I finally started this after reading Miss Mustard Seed's blog.  She has an amazing story and you should check it out.  Now down to business.

 I've been wanting this table for a while.  Not this "type" of table, but this very table.  Before we ever met, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted, and I kept my eye out for what seemed like a zillion years.  I finally found this beauty at the ReStore buried under a bunch of junk:

     Price tag?  $80.   After waiting til just the right time, and the best bargaining of my LIFE, I got her for $40.  Yep.  She's a beaut.  I know.  Just look at those legs.  hot momma!  seriously.

     I should also just mention that this is the HEAVIEST table I've ever owned.  Thus, this job took place in the dining room, and it was hard to get a good picture of the whole thing at once.  But you can rest assured that the back end looks just like the front end.  (not something you want said about you, right?  :)

  First, we sanded her down just to get the shine off.  Then we gave her a coat of Aqua Bond.  (This stuff is amazing.  It adheres to ANYTHING and I L-O-V-E it.)  Although it is pricey, but it is worth it... but it is pricey.  Like $60 per gallon.... yark...  (you could just use kilz or just sand it really well and not prime at all. )

      I'm starting to get excited.  I've been able to see this in my mind for weeks, and now it's starting to emerge for real, and I can barely contain myself.

    Let me introduce you to three of my best friends.  Floetrol (I'll get to that in a minute), my handy paint pail (you can tell she's been around the block a few times, but I don't like to judge) and of course, paint.  I'm not a HUGE Behr fan, but on this project it really worked well.


I broke out the gallon of heirloom white that I had matched to the spray paint can at Home Depot.  Here's a secret that I learned from Kate:  Floetrol.

It is amazing.  I added it to the paint, and seriously, it was like painting with butter.  I will never paint furniture without it again.

Check out the lack of brush marks here:
 Unbelievable.  It totally looks spray painted, right?  Floetrol, how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways....

All I have left to do now is distress this lovely lady, OH and a secret AWESOMENESS is happening to the tabletop so STAY TUNED!   


  1. First, you seriously brought tears to my eyes with you mention of how I inspired you. I had no idea blogging would be so rewarding in this way. Anyway, thank you!

    Second, this is a great table and such a wonderful bargain! I can't wait to see how it turns out. You have to share it at Furniture Feature Friday when it's done.

    Lastly, you have the start of a wonderful blog, here. Your photos are great, I love the colors and header. You're off to a great beginning and I wish you the absolute best in this journey. You are going to have a blast!

  2.'s late. Just ignore my typos! :)

  3. Love the detailed steps, those really help those of us who are craft-challenged!

  4. I can't wait to see the finished product!! I love to see what comes out of that crafty head of yours!

  5. mmmm.... (insert drooling sounds here)... wiping my chin!
    Love it Faith. Perfect for your house. I will have to give the Floetrol a try.
    Heard nothing about it in Faux School.... guess a few pots of coffee and several late night blog searches would have been cheaper ; )

  6. Great start to your blog!!!
    Fondly, Tami

  7. floetrol. great tip. i'm going to check it out! thank you!


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