Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Drop Leaf {Table} Like It's Hot


I love marking things off of my "list." And this table has been on my to-do list for wayyyyyy too long. I have procrastinated doing this table like nobody's (I'll get to it) tomorrow.
I paid more than I thought I should have. (We left it in the garage.)

I thought it was going to be very difficult and time consuming to fix. (We dumped stuff on top of it.)

I thought the existing finish was going to be stubborn. (We never even completely unwrapped it.)


But you'll never guess what happened. It's the first piece that I have been able to refinish 100% on my own. As in, no one had to move it for me. No one had to hold it up while I did anything to it. I did it all. On. my. own. Oh, how glorious it is to say that. I hate asking for help. For anything. (Do you know that about me yet?)



I sanded the top just to rough it up a little bit for some "tooth." "Tooth" means something for the paint to grab onto. Chalk paint isn't supposed to need priming or sanding, but like I mentioned, I was worried about the existing finish being stubborn and difficult. I didn't sand anything other than the top.


I make my own chalk paint. I used Martha Stewart Living in "Duck's Egg" as my base.
After that I used Valspar Glaze in "Mocha." 
Lastly, I used Krylon UV-Resistant Matte spray finish. I didn't use a wax as I normally do because I didn't want any sheen (shine), however I did want some protection on the table top. The trick to using this spray and having it be truly matte, with no spray marks, is to hold it at least 12 inches away from your surface. If  you hold it much closer than that you won't have an even finish. As the directions on the can say, wait at least 2 minutes in between coats to avoid "white-ish" spots.

It's more green than in this pictures. Don't know why this came out so much lighter.

This table is perfect for our house. We like to have big family meals with the whole family, which is 15 and counting. If we open this up with the two leaves and combine it with our other dining table which seats 8. there will be plenty of room for everyone.
I hope you love it as much as I do.

XOXO,
Abby

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