Several weeks ago I walked in to DI and found the twin to my kitchen table! Well, it's not quite the twin...my table is a medium oak color, and has the laminate top I insisted on so I wouldn't have to worry about what my children might do to it! Anyway, this table was more of a dark oak, and it was showing some of the ravages of time. The top was scarred and scratched, and the finish was very faded--but it still had both leaves, and was still a sturdy, solid table. However, at $60, it was still a little expensive for an experiment.
So I watched....and waited. Do you know they mark stuff at DI down every week?!? The next week, it was $30...and then $15...and then it had to come home with me. Trust me, I paid a LOT more than $15 for our table!
This is how the table turned out:
Rather than trying to disguise the nicks and scratches, I decided to highlight them and make even more! I literally beat this table with a chain, hit it with a hammer, and scratched it with a screwdriver. I restained the top a dark walnut, letting it stay dark in some areas, and wiping others away for a variation of color. I wanted it to look old and well-loved.
The bottom I painted an antique white, distressed it to show off the pretty spindles and chunky legs, and glazed it with more walnut stain.
I sold this table the same day I listed it, and the lady who bought it hired me to finish more mis-matched chairs (I *love* mismatched chairs) to match! I am super excited. Can't wait to show you those soon!
Here's one more picture:
See the chairs for this table here and here!
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