I love farmhouse tables and I have wanted one for a very long time.
When we moved in to this house 14 years ago we bought a kitchen table for a steal at Pottery Barn. It had turned legs and a farmhouse-y feel but the finish was always a little darker than what I wanted, but who could pass it up at such a great price? Besides, we really needed the table, so I was happy to get it!
After years of use, the top was getting really tacky looking with water rings from cups and weird white marks from a little ironing-on-the-table mishap (it’s a long story). From afar it looked okay, but up close it was a mess.
After spending a few days stripping, sanding and staining my old table, it now looks more like the farmhouse table I dream of. Yes, it’s still an oval shape, but the new finish gives it a more vintage look and I’m pleased with the results.
The top is less perfect, the legs look weather-worn and the hand-rubbed wax finish gives it a more time-worn and planked wood look than it did when it had it’s dark, factory finish.
Here it is last fall:
And here it is today:
Stripping furniture is not for the faint of heart. It is a lot of work that requires time, patience and some muscle. I stripped a piece of furniture several years ago but refreshed my memory with this guide.
I’m certainly no expert, but here are a few tips I learned along the way:
Tips for Stripping Furniture:
Do it outside
Buy chemical resistant gloves
Use safety goggles
Use a wire brush for turned legs
Use these 3M stripping pads
and buy several of them
A belt sander
is a big help on flat surfaces
Clean your piece thoroughly with mineral spirits when you’re done stripping
Apply wood conditioner before staining
Remember to be patient – it may take 2-3 attempts to get all of the old surface off. Wait patiently while the stripping agent does it’s work — the longer you leave it on, the easier it is to take off the finish
As you can see, the finish is not perfect, but I like it that way…to me, it gives it that older, more time-worn appearance. I even added a few more scratches and dings here and there to rough it up a little but I think I should have added some more!
Someday I may get the planked farmhouse table of my dreams, but until then, this one gives me the look and feel I was hoping to achieve on a beer budget. I can definitely live with and love that!
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