Alright, alright, I’m mentally preparing myself for the litany of “I liked it better before” comments coming my way, but I have mentioned several times over the 2 years of owning this table that I wanted to paint it and every time I was met with a resounding “NO!” from you all. White Breakfast Nook Table
So let me present my case –
1. It’s one of those things that photographs well, but in real life didn’t quite work.
2. With all of the other natural wood pieces in our home (coffee table, dining room, console table, entry bench, new armchairs), it was starting to feel too much in our open floorplan and this piece stuck out as a different tone.
3. It wasn’t real wood. It had a faux finish laminate type top that looked good from far away, but it was not my favorite up close.
4. I felt like it was detracting from the wood beams rather than highlighting them.
5. It’s my table and I’ll paint it if I want to (sing it with me! “paint it if I want to, paint it if I want to”) ha ;)
Now that I have defended myself to the internet, I will say I’m so happy I finally painted it! The kitchen feels so much fresher now, and I love how the navy chairs really pop. I know they look almost black in photos, but in real life, they are a pretty blue color.
I also think the green pillows stand out more now as well.
I’m taking the idea of a rug in here for a test drive, so I took our entryway rug for a spin. It’s not quite big enough for the space, but I like the texture it adds. So I may add one in a larger size in here.
Although I’m cringing at the thought of spaghetti night with my kids, so I may hold off on this idea until they are older!
I used Extra White in Sherwin Williams in Satin finish for the table because I wanted it to be scrubbable since we eat dinner here every night. I spoke with the expert at my local paint store and his biggest tips for painting a piece that is going to get heavy use are:
TIPS FOR PAINTING FURNITURE
1. Clean the piece of furniture really well first. I used Challenger, which is a heavy-duty degreaser that he recommended.
2. Use high-quality paint. This is a formula that I bought from my local paint store that they recommend for furniture or cabinetry.
3. Give it time to cure. He recommended not eating on this table for 10 days so it can really harden up. Then using placemats for another 3 weeks after that. Once it has a good month to harden, it should be pretty indestructible and will hold up to everyday use without needing an additional sealer.
So there we go – a little old school DIY post for you! I’ll list all the room sources below.
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White paint – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Wood floors – find them here
Table – here
Chairs – here
Rug – here
Blanket – here
Blue Pillow – here
Rustic Beams – these were in the basement of the old cottage we tore down to build here