A painted table


I'm in love with our new turquoise dining table!

Our old dining table did the trick for many years, but I always felt it was a little too... officey. Not the sort of solid family dining table filled with character I longed for. So I started keeping an eye on UsedVictoria.com for the perfect solid wood, previously loved table that I could put some work into and call my own. I found the perfect table this week, and now I swoon when I walk by the dining room.



I picked up this beautiful solid wood pine table with thick, detailed legs and a sturdy top for just $60 (after a little friendly haggling), and borrowed a power sander from my neighbour. My only additional expenses were a litre of paint, a paint tray and roller, some non-scratch pads for the legs and a dust mask. All in all, we ended up with a beautiful new dining table for about $90! 

Now I pause and smile every time I walk by the dining room. We're going to gather here for family meals for years. Holidays, birthday parties, and ordinary breakfasts and dinners. And the colour - bliss!

Fresh orange lilies from the garden seemed like the perfect accent for the lovely shade of pale turquoise.


Now I need to find some solid wood chairs to sand down and paint too! I'm thinking maybe four different ones, or two pairs, painted four different colours. Or maybe all white? I'm not sure yet.

Any ideas on what I should do for chairs? Do you love your dining table? Does it have a story to tell? What does your dream dining table look like?

22 comments:

  1. Did you use a gloss paint for wood? Did you seal it?

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    1. I simply sanded it down and used two coats of Sico Furniture and Cabinets paint, which has semi-gloss finish.

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  2. I love it!! I have a beautiful old table... I think I have a project for next spring.

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  3. I absolutely LOVE it! What a beautiful color and solid contruction! I am convinced more than ever now that I need to redecorate my dining room. Good job, Amy!

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    1. Thanks, Karin! I just read your blog post about Jamie Deen. I haven't seen his show yet. Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I'm jealous of your table!! It is beautiful!!

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  5. Nice job it's lovely and really goes well with the artwork which I love as well! What about these clear ikea chairs as another alternative?
    http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/20115038/

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    1. Thanks, Autumn. I LOVE those chairs. I've seen fully molded ones like that before too. I wonder if I'd forever be wiping fingerprints off them, though. Ha!

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  6. beautiful!!! i love it!!! you've done a great job! and congrats on the find!! can't wait to come see it! oxoxox

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  7. You did an amazing job! here is a stoopid question: Why sand it down? What would of happened if you just painted it (sorry that was two questions...)? I can see the difference in your kitchen and it looks wonderful. Kudos to you and yours :)


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    1. Thanks! I sanded the table first so that the paint would stick and not chip and peel off. I didn't do a very thorough job sanding, though, just gave the surface a good scratching, and if the paint chips in some places that might look really nice over time :)

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    2. Ok Gotcha! I wouldn't know the first thing about this type of stuff, but its interesting and looks really fun. If you think you didn't do a good job then I would love to see how things would look it you THINK you did do a great job. The table looks fantastic to me!!!! Enjoyed your post and your blog too :)


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  8. What color paint did you use? Was it's name bliss or was that what you felt looking at it?

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  9. hi, what a georgous table!! i think your current chairs give the table a smart and modern twist :) happy crafting!!

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  10. I just started sanding my 30 year old Ikea pine table tonight! And I am using the exact same sander that you are using in your photo...and very seriously considering aqua, although maybe a tad lighter. Can you tell me what shade you used? I just painted my kitchen in Benjamin Moore's Limelight and Tropicana Cabana, which I love. My dining room walls are going to be grey. Also I am wondering how your table is holding up with the paint that you did use? I have a 1 yo and a 4 1/2 yo so it will definitely get grubby! Thanks in advance!

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    1. The paint colour is 'pond' by Sico Paints, and I used a paint with a melamine finish designed for furniture and cabinets. It's holding up well so far. Well, except for a few spots where my 4-year-old jabbed his fork into the table. Ha! I think any paint wouldn't hold up well to being jabbed with a fork.
      Have a fun table makeover!

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  11. wow !! superb.. your table looks really very beautiful after painting. I also will do same things as you do for make my table graceful and attractive.
    Table Pad

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  12. I bought a new table today, and I want to paint it but i'm hesitant! I can't decide on a color!

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    1. That's the great thing about a painted table. Don't like the colour? Change it! I say just go for whatever makes you FEEL good and see what happens. Be crazy and let yourself live a little :)

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