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I have been blown away with all the free furniture I have been passing on the sides of the road and seeing listed on social media. There has been a lot of great pieces that I know people could refresh and make look incredible again! Just like this Thrifty Farmhouse Table Restoration! Look at the life that was breathed back into this stunning piece!
Material & Tool List for the Thrifty Farmhouse Table Restoration:
- 220 grit sandpaper or sanding block
- Natural Bristle Chalk Paint Brush
- Natural Bristle Wax Brush
- Three Lint Free Cloths
- Drop Cloth
- Paper plate
- Wood Stick (Mix Paint)
- Mineral Spirits
- Rust-Oleum Chalked Aged Gray Paint
- Dixie Belle Best Dang White Wax
Prep Work (Prep is most important, don’t cut corners or rush these steps):
- Place furniture in a clean work space. If working in a garage be sure to sweep or blow all dirt and debris out of the area you will be working in. Lay a drop cloth down to ensure paint does not drip and ruin your flooring.
- Take one lint free cloth and dampen with mineral spirits. Clean the entire piece of furniture with the spirits to remove any and all debris or oils that may be on the surface. Be sure to wipe down anywhere you will be painting, including the inside of drawers and/or doors. It is advised to wear a mask or be sure you are in a well ventilated area.
- Sand the entire piece using 220 grit sandpaper. If you have an orbital sander you can use this for the top of your piece and any larger areas to save you time and energy. If not, no worries sanding blocks and regular sandpaper will do just fine. Be sure to rough up the existing finish to expose the natural wood grain. Smooth out any imperfections and ensure your piece is smooth to the touch. Be careful around any small details. Sanding is all about the pressure you apply. Heavy pressure in areas that have thick existing finish, light pressure on corners and areas with detail you do not want to disturb.
- Take another lint free cloth and remove all dust particles from the sanding process. Take your time, you do not want any lingering particles that will live under your paint. If you have an air compressor gun you will be done in no time. Don’t miss the corners and crevices!
Time to Paint:
- Mix your Rust-Oleum Aged Gray for 30 seconds with a wood stick.
- Pour Rust-Oleum Aged Gray onto a paper plate. Start with a small amount and add more to your plate as you go to ensure you do not waste.
- Using your Natural Bristle Chalk Paint Brush, coat the bottom of your brush and start painting the top of your piece. Be sure to work the paint in the same direction of the wood grain. Working from top to bottom will help minimize drips. Coat the entire piece. Don’t worry if paint looks streaky it will all flatten out.
- Let dry for 1 hour.
- Flip piece and paint underneath with Rust-Oleum Aged Gray. Be sure to focus on any edges or areas that might be visible to ensure full coverage.
- Let dry for 1 hour.
- Flip piece to have top of the piece parallel with the ceiling.
- If necessary, using 220 grit sandpaper lightly sand any areas of paint drips, build up, or particles that stuck to your paint.
- Using your lint free dust cloth remove any debri.
- Using your Natural Bristle Chalk Paint Brush, coat the bottom of your brush and start painting a second coat of Rust-Oleum Aged Gray to the top of your piece. You can add up to 5 coats if necessary. Be sure to let paint dry for 2-4 hours between each coat that is applied. Also lightly sand in between each coat if needed.
- Let cure for 24 hours (depending on weather and humidity)
- Using 220 grit sandpaper lightly sand the entire piece. Corners, legs, and drawers are a great place to distress. On this piece the focus was on the grooves of the red oak to bring attention to the natural detail of the wood. The distressing will give you that natural aged farmhouse look. Do small sections at a time. Step back, take a look, then decide where you want to distress next.
- Take your dusting lint free cloth and remove all dust particles from the sanding process.
- Set a timer for 15 minutes. Start the timer when you begin step 4.
- Using your natural bristle wax brush and Dixie Belle Best Dang White Wax apply a thin coat to the entire piece. You can dip your brush right into the tin. Remember to apply a thin coat. Work quickly.
- Once the timer goes off you can start to rub in your wax. Work in the area that you applied first. Using your last lint free cloth rub your wax into your piece. Be sure to rub in all directions and press the wax into the wood. If you’re not sweating you’re not doing it right. This takes elbow grease.
- Let Dry for 24 hours.
- Full Cure time is 30 days. (You can gently use your furniture after the first 48 hours) Be sure not to clean or drag anything across your beautiful creation before your 30 days is up.
- As time goes on you can always re-wax if necessary. Recommended time is once a year if necessary.
- Clean all chalk paint brushes immediately after use with water. If buildup occurs you can gently clean with mineral spirits.
- Place wax brush in a ziplock bag. No need to clean your brush as long as you only use the same color wax with the same brush. Place in a ziplock bag immediately when you’re done using.
- Double check to make sure all left over paint and wax is tightly sealed.
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