Monday, March 19, 2012

More Painting & Working With What I Have Happiness


At the end of last week I wrapped up the table reno project and quickly snapped a few photos before heading off for a little R&R at the beach. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out!

I decided to paint the table when its veneer surface began to look less than pretty, first gathering supplies and tackling the most unpleasant part of any furniture makeover in my opinion - sanding.

I know a lot of people have been talking paints that don't require sanding, priming and multiple sessions of sanding, but this is a method I've been using for awhile and I stand behind it! The pieces I've redone have stood up fantastically to wear and tear and use, so taking the time to do all these steps seems worth it to me.

Steps: Sand, wipe down with tack cloth, prime, lightly sand, wipe again with tack cloth, prime again, sand and wipe down again, paint, lightly sand, wipe down with tack cloth a final time to apply a final coat of paint. 




If I have any "secret weapons" they are Sherwin-Williams ProClassic paint, which handles wear similar to an oil based paint, formulated specifically to use when painting furniture, and adding in a bit of X-I-M Latex X-Tender. This gives you a tad more working time with the paint, with both products designed to minimize the appearance of brushstrokes on the finished surface.


before

after

The table is painted with SW Gray Area, the same color I used when painting the kitchen island.
The result? A lighter, fresher look that is right at home in the space.


Oops, the table didn't quite get put back in place centered under the (diy) Bamboo Light Fixture. And yes, those are faux flowers. Judge me if you will, but living in this gray Pacific NW, you have no idea how happy this bit of foliage makes me during the long gloomy days of winter. 

I'm so happy this project is complete, with the kitchen nook looking much happier than it did a couple weeks ago, and for only about $35 in supplies. I'm liking my approach for the year, which is to work with what I already have!

69 comments :

  1. First off, your flowers look beautiful! They caught my eye before the table!! And I personally like faux flowers... Not ivy and all that jazz, but a few stems here and there is fine with me. Anyway, of course the table turned out gorge! Are you going to paint the chairs? Ha! Look at me trying to add another project to your list!

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  2. Great color. Love the lighter look.

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  3. Your table looks great and those faux flowers look very real. They are gorgeous and I get it living in the Northeast.

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  4. No judging here..the table turned out great! Did you put a protective finish on it?

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  5. What a transformation. LOVE IT! And I have some fake Peonies on my bookshelves....so no judging here!

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  6. Fabulous job, it's truly beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! What faux flowers? :)

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  7. i absolutely LOVE the way it turned out! it looks amazing. it's perfect with the chairs, colors.... all of it!

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  8. The painted table looks immaculate and I love the color, Janell!

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  9. Looks lovely. Agreed, working with what you have is the way forward this year! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  10. Great job. That painted finish looks smooth. I have to try SW.

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  11. Looks wonderful Janell! I think it really lightens up the space. Where is the table from?

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  12. The table was found at Z Gallerie a few years ago. I would avoid veneer tops if possible going forward, it just did not stand up to wear, with scratches and dull patches in the finish. BUT, love the lines, so I'm happy to have it to refinish! Janell

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  13. Looks great! The lighter paint really brightens up the space.

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  14. Love the transformation! & while I have tried to cheat my way on sanding/priming/sanding/painting/sanding... If you want it done right, take the time. Isn't ProClassic the best?!? www.thehuntedinterior.blogspot.com

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  15. Janell - looks fabulous!!! How gratifying!

    Bethany
    www.PowellBrowerHome.com

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  16. Fabulous! Love the gray color on the more traditional table, it's perfect with your fun chairs, dark floors and crisp window treatments. BTW I think you can successfully mix using real and faux flowers in accessorizing a home and you have given proof to that!

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  17. I love that table anyway - the shape is so pretty - and now it is even prettier! Great color!

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  18. It turned out beautifully, Janell! It suits your kitchen so well in this new color.

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  19. Love this - I really need to re-finish our dining room table, it's pretty battered, thanks for sharing!

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  20. It looks AWESOME!! I'm seeing gray all day! Just posted about finding the perfect gray paint color and then I see that perfect gray table:)

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  21. It looks fabulous. Love the color and the table is gorgeous with that huge base. Hugs, Marty

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  22. This is just PERFECTION, I love it! It's always impressive what a coat of paint can do, huh? =)

    http://bloobreyplace.blogspot.com

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  23. Love love loving the finished product! You did such a wonderful job on it!

    XO,

    Sam
    www.ThePeakofTresChic.com

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  24. Well, you've inspired me to bring home a pedestal table I found over the weekend. I like your faux flowers--my cats treat flowers as salad, so that's what I have too!

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  25. i LOVE how the color of the table turned out.

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  26. The table looks great!
    And you're a brave girl to admit your "foliage" is faux. I'm going to leave it at that.

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  27. Great new look... I really love the philosophy of using what you have too!

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  28. I am so happy to have found out about that paint - I have been putting off painting some furniture pieces because I was confused about the best paint to use. Totally get the faux foliage. Half of our family get horrible hayfever so I haven't had fresh flowers for years.

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  29. It looks incredible! The space looks so fresh and ready for spring, even if it's freezing outside! When are we going to get some nice weather?!?!

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  30. looks great! i'm with you. working w/what i've got!

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  31. Love it! And, I love the flowers...fake or not!

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  32. Looks beautiful Janell! I like that last shot of the table...I havent seen that side of your nook.Cute window treatment too! You can spy a few faux bits of floral (try and say that 3x fast!) around my home at certain times of the year too!

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  33. Shoot, Please tell me where you get the energy to do projects, raise children and have an on-line magazine? If you have any secrets let me know. The table came out beautiful. I wasn't sure when you first started, but it looks amazing.

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  34. All I can say is wow! I love it!!!!

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  35. Your approach of working with what you already have is something that I try to do and promote as well. So much better for both the wallet and the environment.

    And this table proves that high style can be had with a little DIY! Turned out beautifully and your room looks so much lighter and fresher now.

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  36. this is a wonderful project! I am trying to get a new vibe in my bedroom by working with pieces I already have, so this post was perfect for me!
    http://adventuresofdutchandme.blogspot.com/

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  37. That is a beautiful improvement! And I have to agree... the chalk paint just doesn't hold up, and I've always believed in doing the correct prep before painting, it pays off in the long run.
    We have a bunch of leftover SherwinWilliams ProClassic in Pure White, I bet I could have color added for other projects!!!
    SW is great paint. I needed to paint some corbels to match new kitchen cabinets, and they matched my paint and put it into spray cans for me. The type of paint they gave me dries in about 10 minutes.
    (Question: what is the black/white/bird fabric used for the window shade?)

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  38. The table looks amazing! Yay for pretty faux flowers that brighten up a already pretty kitchen nook area!

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  39. I have the same flowers. The table looks great, but what are you feeding your hedges in the backyard? They grew a foot from the before to after ;)

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  40. I'm with you, Janell, and trying to work with what we already have! You did a beautiful job on your table! Perfect with your chairs. Your kitchen nook is light, bright and fresh! Have a great week.

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  41. Oh Janell....I love the new look. So light and fresh for spring. I think I remember you using that table in the living room turned office. I'd love to see what you have in your office now. And...I'm going to have to find some of those fabulous hydrangea stems.

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  42. Talk about making something old look NEW again, You certainly did that!! Love the look in our kitchen eating area, Perfection,
    Kathysue

    PS Have fun at the beach we just got back from Carmel, three relaxing days, Sigh!!!

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  43. Totally love this post, Janell! The color is fantastic and thank you sharing it along with all your steps and the tip of the x tender!! I am bookmarking it now. M

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  44. Looks brand new! I agree about the whole painting-sanding-sanding and more sanding. Even those paints that claim you don't chip - I find the more prep and work that goes into while painting results in a fabulous long lasting piece!

    Love how it all turned out. I can't wait for this cold weather to go so I can drag my pieces into the garage to paint away the brown!

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  45. Gosh. SO beautiful, Janell. I appreciate the lines of the table even more with the pale gray. It really does lighten the space. {and I just had to toss all of my real flowers and am headed out to buy a few faux!} No judgement here!

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  46. it looks like such a brighter and sunnier spot to sit now - amazing transformation as usual!

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  47. I love the lighter look. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. it looks fantastic! It may have taken a while to complete but all of those steps definitely made it look very professionally done :) love the colour

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  49. Janell.... Looks amazing and sophisticated...would you mind sharing info about those drapes? They would wk perfect in my kitchen, too!

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  50. Just beautiful!!! The table looks fantastic with everything else in your room. I'm so jealous. :) Megan

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  51. Hi Janell, LOVE your newly painted table! It looks amazing in your kitchen, totally fresh and new. I'm inspired to paint mine now!! Thanks!

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  52. Love how the modern chairs and traditional table blended and finished the space so well. Also love your window treatments - even the little lamp on the counter! Beautiful!

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  53. Gorgeous table makeover Janell!!! Hope you are having a great week.
    XO
    Kristin

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  54. It looks amazing, and so professional! Well, you are!
    Love the gray. I'm subscribing to be happy with and work with what you've got concept, as well. good post idea- thanks!
    Nancy
    Powellbrower

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  55. looks fantastic!! I love seeing how your blog has grown! so exciting

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  56. oh wow, love it! you did a great job sanding and painting that beast too. I love your curtains - beautiful.

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  57. I love how your table turned out! It looks gorgeous and fresh, great job Janell. Adore the contrasting color, too!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  58. Wow! The table looks amazing! And I am so glad to see your faux flowers. We live in Eugene and have some strategically-placed faux flowers. A designer find of mine gives me a bad time about them, but I feel better now after seeing you use them, too! And you're right, around here we need all the color we can get this time of year!

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  59. Wow! The table looks amazing! And I am so glad to see your faux flowers. We live in Eugene and have some strategically-placed faux flowers. A designer find of mine gives me a bad time about them, but I feel better now after seeing you use them, too! And you're right, around here we need all the color we can get this time of year!

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  60. Hi Janell, your table looks fabulous! You did an amazing job, I love the shape as well...I'm envious ;). You have great taste, and your whole house is picture perfect. Btw, I have fake flowers everywhere in my house, so don't feel so bad.

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  61. You had me fooled there for a minute w/those faux flowers - they look so real! I love the table. I might have to go and paint mine, but right now I'm in the process of painting a secretary....who knows how long it's going to take me. So many projects; so little time.

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  62. I am in love! What a fabulous color! I'm so going to paint something that color and soon!

    Megan

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  63. Now only if my search would lead me to a table.....I want all light surfaces....and love the transformation of your table. I am impressed.
    pve

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  64. May you provide additional information on the panels in the kitchen?

    Thank you.

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