Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Farmhouse Table & Benches

I was brought this set by a client.  She purchased it at an antiques fair, she loved the style & the green color but wanted it a little more shabby chic.  The benches are 6 feet long & very heavy!  I removed most of the paint from the top of the benches, distressed the sides & added some dark walnut stain to the whole bench.  Unfortunately I learned the hard way about putting the stain on & wiping off on the legs.  I got a very, very deep splinter close to 1/2" long!  I was able to dig around & get half of it out but it broke & it hurts, really, really bad! :(  The top was a little more difficult.  The original plan was to do the top like the benches, removing most of the paint & staining.  As I started sanding the top, I realized we had several fun colors to choose from!  Under the green was a lovely neon yellow, purplish gray & dark gray.  We decided to completely remove the paint & stain the top but after sanding for a while I realized the dark gray wasn't budging!  So I decided to use my stripper.  Didn't work, either!  My husband finally got the belt sander out & was able to remove the top green layer of paint (the color we wanted to keep) some of the neon yellow & some of the purplish gray but the dark gray was really sticking, we aren't even sure it is paint!  So next plan, I took a glob of the green paint to Home Depot & matched it to Martha Stewart Rhododendron Leaf.  It is a perfect match!!  So I painted the top again & sanded down some areas where we were able to remove all of the other paint colors & roughed up some other areas.  Then I wiped on a dark walnut stain, leaving it heavier in some areas & wiped off.  I sealed it with 3 coats of wipe on poly in satin.  I love the shabby chicness of this piece!!
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37 comments:

  1. You did a great job! I love the new look:)I would love to be a follower of your blog. Will you have a follow link at any time?
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  2. Just lovely! I can't believe how well the paint matches! Great job!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful job on this set! Hope your hand is better! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  4. wow I love the set, you are right it is just so special...such a great job...love love the whole set...phyllis

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  5. They turned out great!

    Dropping by from BNOTP.

    Allison
    Atticmag
    Hidden Laundry

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  6. Great job! I love the shabbier look that you gave it. Sorry about your splinter. Those really hurt!

    Have a great week.
    Pam

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  7. Looks gorgeous! What a great transformation :)

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  8. I just love it. I especially like the benches with little paint color on the seats. Great choice. Visiting from WOW!!

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  9. You worked really hard on this piece. I hope your "client" sure appreciates all your hard work. It is a gorgeous piece, if you find another one please let me know. I would love it if you would post this at my 1st linky party, Sunday's Best, and a change to win a giveaway!

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  10. Dropping in from Primitive and Proper and wanted to say this is gorgeous! The colour is devine!

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  11. What a quaint little set! andrea@townandprairie

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  12. I love everything about your post! It looks wonderful with its new paint! Nice work :)

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  13. i LOVE this set! rustic chic, and the color is awesome!

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  14. These are really great! I love the finish. This makes me want to be on the look out for something like this for my back patio. I love the look!

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  15. These turned out awesome! Love the rustic look! Love that color too!

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  16. Great job. I find that each piece is a process of it's own. Something can be learned from each one and old paint reacts differently each time. One has to learn to just keep trying different methods as I learned on the "Showcase Table" I submitted to this link party.

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  17. I love those farm tables. This turned out great. I am your newest follower.
    www.shabbytochicqueencreek.blogspot.com

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  18. I would love to have a farmhouse table in my new home! Great job I love the finished look.

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  19. Wow, This is so pretty! I hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

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  20. what a cool table! Sorry about your splinter :(

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  21. Love this! You did an amazing job, I love the color and the shabbiness of it. Great job!
    I hope you finally got all of the splinter out!
    I'm visiting and following from FNF.


    ~Shanon

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I wouldn't have wanted to give them back! :)
    Beautiful blog!!!
    Have a lovely night.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  23. I would love it if you would link this to my link party. It just started :)
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2011/10/whacha-got-weekly-linky-party.html

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  24. love this transformation. It looks perfectly aged and loved.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. Hope you can stop by.

    Ruth

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  25. What a great job and making that layered-aged look. I'm putting your farmhouse set in PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

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  26. I think these are darling~ what a great set and love the color and distressing! Sharing on FB~ thanks for sharing at FNF

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  27. Oh, I love that color! Totally cool

    If you would like I would love for you to stop over for my very first link party and chalk paint giveaway! I know my readers would just love it!

    http://www.threeboys.net/2011/10/vintage-furniture-link-party-1-chalk.html

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  28. bet you'll be interested in my shabby chic giveaway:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/why-is-pearl-blushing.html

    warmly,

    michele

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  29. What an authentic distressed finish! Beautiful.

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