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31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 29 “Table Talk”

Probably my favorite change that has taken place in our home this month is my kitchen table. It’s been through a lot. We’ve had it almost twenty years and I plan on keeping it twenty more. I’ve always liked my table, but now I LOVE my table. I love it because it’s a great place to eat, play games, work big jigsaw puzzles, do crafts, sew, write letters, have long conversations with friends and family and now because of its new do…I love to take a lot of pictures of stuff on it because; it’s prettier than before and because the natural light in my kitchen and dining room is the best.

Here’s the table before…

yeah, those foggy areas are from years of …eehem, ironing on the table.

I can’t believe I just admitted that.

And yes I would sit hot pans on the table, ice tea glasses the would sweat and leave rings.

I was abusive.

there was a violin etched into the table. sweet son Jake did that. and I think Riley wrote “I love God” into the table.

then there were all the scratches from grandkids playing with play-dough and use cookie cutters and plastic knives.

do you know how many hours of homework have been done on this table?

thousands!

I won’t share about how fun it was keeping the yuck stuff out of the crevice that goes around the whole table.

it wasn’t…fun that is. more annoying than anything and gross.

but now…

it’s much different!

the base and legs got two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP)* Old White and then I sanded to distress.  A lot of the dark green shows in the distressed areas. At first I didn’t like the areas of green.   I almost repainted, but I lived with it for awhile and now I like it.   Moral to this story; don’t make hasty decisions.  Live with something for a few weeks and if you still don’t love it, then you can repaint.  Sometimes you save yourself a lot of time and energy…and money!

originally, I wanted to wrap the top of this table in zinc for the galvanized look, but it seemed too laborious and more expense than I wanted to mess with, so I went with trying to get the galvanized look with paint.

I used the ASCP in Paris Gray, did some heavy distressing and finished it off with the dark wax, buffed it out and we’re done.

What do ya think?

I think it’s divine.  I’m extremely happy with the way it turned out.

Next up…

the six chairs.

They are getting the same do over as the jury chair.  You can read about that here if you missed that post.

Those won’t make the 31 days of before & after series, but I think I might keep this series going as a once a week post.  We’ll see how I feel about that next week 🙂

It’s winding down.  Only 2 more days to go.

Will you be sorry to see this come to an end?

I think I’m ready to write about something other than before & after

like…

something rusty and junky!!!!

I’m going through withdrawal 🙂

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