Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rustic and Modern Dining Table with Country Chic Paint

Dining tables.  Most of us purchase or inherit a set when we move out of home or get married and it last us through not only meals, but years of kids playing toys and doing crafts on, catch alls for groceries and papers - if you're anything like my family, the dining table gets used for everything and everyday.

A customer came to me recently with her family dining table that had grown with her family but now she was wanting a rustic but modern new look.  Years of wear and tear showed, so it was time for an update.  She knew she wanted the table black and rustic, yet chic and modern.  Black is the perfect colour for that - especially Liquorice by Country Chic Paint.

I started by giving the table a good wash with a TSP solution. TSP is a powder that you mix with warm water that easily removes grease, dirt, and oils - which you don't on your piece otherwise you'll have issues with adhesion.  Prep is never the fun part of the job, but if you want your finish to last, it's the most necessary and important step. I sanded the entire piece with 150 grit sandpaper, making sure all areas with wear were smooth with the rest of the surface.  I  gave the table three light coats of Liquorice, a sophisticated true black.

When it was thoroughly dry, I lightly distressed the table where normal wear would occur.  Doing this makes the distressing look natural and authentic.  It also highlights the shape of the table while keeping the bold and more contemporary look of a black table.

I finished the table off with several coats of poly in a satin finish, sanding with 320grit between coats.

A family piece that was worn and dated has a rustic and modern new look! It's always amazing to me what paint can do!