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Apr 22 2014

Dining Table Makeover

Dining Table Makeover-

heather 2The dining table is where meals are shared, work is done, notes and cards are written and people are gathered for happy memory making. The centerpiece of the dining area. Don’t you just love a makeover ♥. Before and after inspirations often make me take another look at my pending to do list. I have a few makeovers on my list, giggle. The dining room table is a must have  and making it perfect is on the agenda today courtesy of my lovely bloggy friend Heather, from Woods of Bell Trees . At her blog she shares her talents for writing, DIYs, decor, crafts and organizing projects . You can always find something wonderful happening at her sweet blog. Today it is my pleasure to have her sharing her talents here at Katherines Corner.

I am so happy to be here today at Katherine’s Corner to share a special makeover with you..

dining table makeover

 

I’ve had a dining table dilemma for years; I love round tables and they’re also the best fit in my house, but they’re not the best fit for my life. I need a large surface area, it needed to extend, it had to be solid wood and I really wanted a trestle table. Trestle tables were out of the budget that I had set for myself, I thought of making one but I know I don’t have time for that. When I found the Norden table at Ikea I knew that it was the one for me: at $299 the price was right, with solid wood and an extendable table top it offered what I needed without being overwhelmingly large. For the last 6 months it has been loved and used in our kitchen, but it wasn’t quite right…it wasn’t speaking to me.

dining table makeover before

I sat at the table and I stared at it, I stared until it spoke and what it said was “paint me”. It was begging for a coat of paint. I was ready with my trusty chalk paint, I thought the better of it and pulled out the Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. My first coat was a translucent coat of Trophy, going over it with a second coat of Ironstone. I brushed the first coat of Ironstone roughly so that it pulled some of the Trophy off, to reveal a bit of the wood underneath.

dining table top

The third and final coat was Ironstone brushed on more gently. I waited one hour or so between coats of paint. Because this is a table I didn’t want to use wax, so i went with Rustoleum’s wipe on polyurethane in gloss. I gave the tabletop 3 coats of poly and the rest of the table a single coat. I used a rag for the poly giving it a very nice even finish. For the paints I used regular paint brushes that I picked up at the Dollar Tree…and yes they are as good as any. I did not do any additional distressing, I let the second coat of paint be the main subject of character.
I opted out of using any Bonding Agent, I just wanted to see what would happen. I was pleasantly surprised that very little paint chipped as it dried.

table top

With milk paint one must be willing to just “go with it”; the results are unique to each piece which I think gives a look done with milk paint more love and a higher quality of character. I have lightly hit on the life benefits that milk paint has had for me when I painted my bathroom vanity a couple of months back; milk paint has continued to change the way I see life and has allowed me to take a more relaxed approach to whatever I am facing. Even something as insignificant as paint can enhance the finer points of your life. So darlings, whip yourself up a batch of milk paint and let it transform not only your furniture, but you too!
The table still does not speak to me, instead it sings. It’s ready for lots of family dinners and games of Memory! We’re all happy with our “new” table even hubby, who normally doesn’t have opinion on such matters!
Thank you so much for having me here today Katherine!

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dining table makeover afterHeather, Thank you for sharing your wonderful makeover with us today. ♥

Do you have a makeover project list?

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  1. Janine Huldie

    Gorgeous and love what you did with this table. Thanks for sharing your awesome makeover with us today here!! :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      I love it too. She really rocked it! :-)

  2. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods

    Such an awesome color and texture for your table! Love it!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Oh I love it too. Hugs!

  3. Megan Walker

    So beautiful! I’ve never heard of milk paint before. What is it, exactly?

    1. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

      I think this calls for a special post on milk paint!!!

      1. Katherines Corner

        I invite you to come back an share ♥

  4. Jayne

    I like it! I also love your center piece. It’s so fresh and inviting!

    1. Katherines Corner

      she really did a lovely job!

  5. myrecentfavoritebooks

    I like your table makeover! Its so pretty!

    1. Katherines Corner

      it really is a lovely transformation. Hugs

  6. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Thank you for having me Katie! <3

    1. Katherines Corner

      It was my pleasure sweet Heather your post is lovely ♥

  7. Trish

    The table looks gorgeous now. I have to check out this milk paint.

    1. Katherines Corner

      me too. Hugs!

  8. Rachel

    You always have such amazing makeovers, Heather. I love your style!

    1. Katherines Corner

      she really is so talented. it was a pleasure featuring Heather. Hugs

  9. Kizzy @ The Dainty Dolls House

    Gorgeous table setting :) x

    1. Katherines Corner

      she did a beautiful job Hugs

  10. Jenna (@aSavoryFeast)

    Wow, this turned out awesome! Thanks for inviting Heather to guest post, she did a fabulous job!

    1. Katherines Corner

      She was a pleasure to have as a guest, her table makeover is so lovely. Hugs

  11. Shanice

    Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    1. Katherines Corner

      all linked up Hugs!

  12. Rosey

    That is nice, and I love using the little oranges on the table too. That bright color is awesome (and the fruit’s pretty tasty too). :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      It really did turn out lovely. I like the little oranges too such a nice touch of color. Hugs

  13. Deborah Smith

    Beautiful Heather! Love the depth of subtle color.

    1. Katherines Corner

      She really did such a great job. I love it too. Hugs

  14. Carie Spence

    Love, Love, Love! I need to redo my table due to wear and tear. This is exactly the style I like, Thanks ladies!

    1. Katherines Corner

      Mine too, it really looks wonderful. I hope you will share your table makeover at the hop when you are ready Hugs!

  15. Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com

    The table makeover is lovely! I’m so glad Heather shared this at Happiness is Homemade!

  16. Lorraine

    So nice stopping by to see this wonderful project! I love how it turned out! :)

  17. Lee

    What a lovely job, I hopped over from “I should be Mopping the Floor” link party. I recently did a very similar finish in chalk paint on my office desk. It was a dark reddish wood and I gave the legs and skirt a French feel with Paris grey and a graphite wash. The top I did three very thin washes and then clear wax. I will be posting the project on my blog next week.

    You have a lovely blog, I shall look around a little longer.

    Lee

    1. Katherines Corner

      Lee I hope you will share your desk project at my Thursday hop. I look forward to seeing the result of your hard work. Hugs

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