Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Faux Farmhouse Planked {drop leaf} Dining Table

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I've been wanting a rustic 'old' plank topped farmhouse table for the longest time.  A new table is not in the budget any time soon and even purchasing materials to attempt to build one is not an option right now. 

So what does any DIYer on a mission do?  Use what ya got to get what you want, that's what!

I'm so excited to share my new Faux Farmhouse Planked {drop leaf} Dining Table with you! 
Say that 5 times fast why don't ya?  Quite the title!

The table was {you guessed it} another trashy find!
The hubster was so pleased with himself the day he brought this home
{oh, only about 2 years ago}
and it's sat in my dining room covered with a drop table cloth ever since.

This is my 'paint' table, where I work on many of my paint projects.  What a sad little table it was with all of it's nicks, scratches and unsightly watermarks.  I have hated this table from day 1!

Until now!  I wanted a rustic chippy plank top table... but I wanted it to be light and airy.
This wood below was my inspiration.

I'll show you how I did it!  Now, do as I say - not as I do!
Now, I can hear you already... I can't paint, I can't do that, yada yada yada!

Lift your arm and swing it slowly from left to right or right to left,
think 'wax on, wax off' Karate Kid {the original} and Danial-San / Mr. Miagi
OK, now I'm really showing my age!

If you can do that, you can attempt this paint treatment!

After a light sanding and good prep coat of Kilz primer spray, the entire table top was given 2 coats of creamy white paint, I used Steamed Milk from Sherwin Williams.

Every other layer of color on this table is paint used as a glaze!
{shades of brown, grey, turquoise, & tan thinned with water, 1:1}

With a straight edge and a black sharpie, I marked off unevenly spaced lines across the table top to mimic the planks of wood.  Next, I drew on faux knots and dots - both large and small.

 Here's the do as I say part - Do NOT use a black sharpie!  It was a real b*#%! to cover up!
Either skip this step
 or just use a thin brush and some full strength brown paint to paint these accents on.
 The whole table top finish was adding layer upon layer of thinned paint and spreading it out as far as possible.  Leaving streak marks as you go to mimic the wood grain.  Above, the tan was dabbed on in random spots over the steamed milk color.  Below, it was feathered out across the table top allowing some of the creamy white to show through.
Continue layering the thinned paint across the table top.
Below, you can see the layers of white, grey, brown, and turquoise building up.

At this point I also added splotches of petroleum jelly and crackle medium randomly around the table. 

 I am not very patient when painting, so I do not wait for the mediums to dry... my perogative.
I recommend you follow the directions on the bottle though,
do as I say... remember!

You can see the cracks beginning to develop here.

after many, many, many, many more coats and layers later,
the black from the marker was still showing through looking oh so fake!
Don't use the marker!
I ended up grabbing my burnt umber and a liner brush to go over the blackness of the sharpie.
It was almost like starting over!

With a very thick {almost full strength} coat of Sherwin Williams Steamed Milk I went over the knot marks, added a few more thin layers of brown, tan, grey and shots of turquoise and was finally happy!

To finish off the table, I grabbed that burnt umber again and went over the 'faux plank outlines' where the planks of the wood would meet, both lengthwise and randomly width wise.  At each faux 'joint'  I used the end of a paintbrush dipped into both brown and silver paint to add 'nails'.  This dip dot method for making the dots is super duper easy!  The legs of the table are painted in the same muted turquoise used in the table top.  I may go back in and add a darker brown glaze to accentuate the  legs further.

 A few coats of clear wax were applied for a protective soft sheen.

I couldn't be happier with my new plank topped farmhouse drop down table!  Getting some work done at this table is a pleasure now... I think I may keep it for a while!

What do you think?  If you're new here at T&B and like what you've seen, be sure to head over and follow via GFC, linky follow, FB and Google+.  You can even find me on Twitter as SminkeyDinks!

I will be linking up with these terrific blogs {here} as well as French Country Cottage


Terry said...

You must be so thrilled - you finally have your table even if it is in faux version. I love how this turned out and your tutorial was great (and funny). Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

Anne said...

Awesome job!! I so need to paint my table!!!!!!!!!!

Janel@hatingmartha said...

that is wicked cool! all with paint! Thanks for linking to the Stinky Linky Party!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice job.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, you deserve a purple heart for all you went through. It's a good thing it turned out so AMAZING!!!! What a treasure it will be for a long time.
I, too, Posted about a little piece of furniture today. No purple heart for me though. : )

andie jaye said...

that looks soooooo great! you just amaze me each and every time. you should teach painting classes a la bob ross at your community center!

1House1Couple said...

I'm glad you finally have that table you always longed for. More inspired to do the paintings now? LOL. Good job. :)


p.s. I found you through Lori's blog at bleak2unique. I'm your newest linky follower! if you want you can linky follow me back at :)

It's All Connected said...

Glad I found you through Funky Junk. I'm so impressed with this paint treatment that I'm following you now on the Linky! ~ Maureen

Cynthia said...

That hardly looks like the same table! You did a really great job painting it!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What an outstanding job on this makeover...I so love it! Would love to have you come by and enter my “coastal” giveaway…you can find it on my sidebar.


Maria Matter said...

you did a fabulous job Kimberly!!!
Love the look you achieved!

TJ said...

Beautiful table! And here's some info for future Sharpie use :) Alcohol is one of the solvents used in Sharpie markers, so sometimes using alcohol will take out the mark, or at least reduce its visibility. You can also try UN-DO sticker remover to take some or all of Sharpie marker out :)

donna said...

I am so jealous! Hubby did good.
I once did a project similar, a door at our hunting cabin, plywood, and paint, with z shaped 1x4s, and loved it. Yours is much prettier though!

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

Thank you so much for linking up your amazing table to the Pinworthy Projects party. It really turned out so beautiful.
I will be featuring the table transformation on Thursday. I hope you will come by and check it out.

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

Wow, I love the look! Great job!!

Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, you really had a vision and it turned out beautifully!

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