So every now and then I get a wild hair to move things around and completely re-do the entire house. My mom says this started when I was about 10 years old, and she’d find me rearranging all the furniture in my room on a regular basis. And then I’d do the living room. I can still remember her and my dad telling me not to try moving furniture alone because I’d hurt myself. Weird? Possibly. But I’d say that’s just a girl who knew the value of freshening up decor from time to time, which explains why my home now is always evolving and changing. And maybe why I’m addicted to DIY projects. So it probably won’t surprise you that I’m back today with a little breakfast nook makeover. Well, actually it’s just a new dining table makeover, but it really feels like this space has new life with this swap.
Here’s how the space looked before with my old table:
Ok, let me be honest. I never liked this table. It’s cute, yes, but I wasn’t crazy about it. It just didn’t seem to fit. And for the past few months I’ve been itching to make a change. So when I saw my cousin selling an antique oak pedestal table at her yard sale last weekend, I knew the time had come! Here’s the before:
This is exactly what I envisioned for our breakfast nook all along: an antique, claw foot table. This baby is old and heavy. And it turns out this has been in our family for years, which always makes me happy.
Here’s the after with a little DIY paint job:
You guys, I adore how this DIY project turned out. We had to clean it up a bit, sand down a few spots here and there, but other than that it was in great shape. I really, really wanted to paint the entire thing white. Shocker, I know. But I decided to resist that urge for once and go with a bit of color. Here’e exactly what I used:
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White on the top of the table and Paris Grey on the bottom (2 coats of each). Instead of using the Annie Sloan clear wax to seal the top of the table I tried out this clear Polycrylic protective finish. I honestly haven’t been loving the Annie Sloan wax finish on my vanities in our bathroom. It just doesn’t seal and protect from water damage like I was hoping. So we decided to try this instead and it actually worked just fine with the chalk paint.
The little scrolling is my favorite part of the table. And I couldn’t help myself. I had to distress just a smidge to accentuate those details.
This purdy bench cushion is from Pier 1. It’s perfect in this spot, but I’ll be honest–it’s never here at meal time. Ever. Because white cushions and kids don’t go well together.
I was happily surprised to see how well these chairs, which were a free findon Craigslist, match the table with that scrolling and detail on the side. I love when that happens!
Honestly, this is my favorite kind of DIY project. I love taking an old piece of furniture and breathing new life into it with a bit of chalk paint and TLC. And although my husband thought I was a little crazy to replace our perfectly good table, even he is loving this change. It just seems to fit so much better with our decor. Plus I already sold the other table, which means it literally cost me nothing to freshen this space up. That’s winning my friends. So that’s my chalk paint table makeover. Let me know what you think and be sure to track me down on all those social media things. Instagram.Facebook.Pinterest.