How is it June already guys??? I can not believe how fast this year is going. Last weekend we celebrated living in our house for 2 years. It seems so crazy to me! It made me look back on pictures and videos of when we first closed on our house. HELLO 1970’s house! I will share some fun pictures with y’all at the end of this post. But for now I want to share with you how to paint just about anything and make it look like wood.
We bought our dining room table and chairs about 7 years ago. As much as I love the look of the table, the colors weren’t fitting in with my vintage farmhouse decor. I really have wanted a more farmhouse looking table for a while now, but we already have our beautiful table and we couldn’t get rid of it. So lightbulb moment! I could paint it using a faux wood technique and make it look as if it is a wooden table. I would have just sanded it down but the table isn’t actually real wood. So this was the perfect solution.
This is what you need-
- White or a cool toned light gray chalk paint
- Antiquing wax
- Paint brush
- Paper towels or an old rag
- Multi purpose cleaner
- Paper plate
- Sealer of choice
That is it! Easy peasy and super inexpensive project.
First I cleaned the table real good. Once it was dry I painted a coat of white chalk paint. I used white because a few months ago I had already painted the base of my table white. So this time I painted the top white. One good coat is fine. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Once that is completely dry then you can do the next step. And make sure it is fully dry or else there will be spots that will get messed up(mix of chalk paint and wax= a gray muddy color. Not good!)
You then want to put your antiquing wax on a paper plate. A little goes a long way. Dab a tiny bit onto your brush and start applying with long brush strokes. This give the illusion of wood grain. DO NOT rub the antiquing wax in. Just use brush strokes. Depending on how much or how little you apply, you can really control the color of the “wood” tone you want. I chose to do mine a bit light so I used very little wax and worked it in to make the color I wanted.
Once that is fully dry you then want to seal your table. I chose polycrylic because it is water based, can be done inside with not a ton of odor, and dries pretty quickly. I chose this because we don’t use the table for every meal. The only thing I would suggest is doing your research on a good sealer if you use your table all the time. Polycrylic is good but in my opinion is not durable enough for a project like this if you are using your table for every meal.
And that is it!!!! I just love the way our table came out and I feel like it gives the perfect vintage farmhouse vibe I was going for. I hope you enjoyed this project…. the possibilities are endless of what you can make look like wood!
I hope y’all have a wonderful week!!!
And enjoy some of these old pictures of our house before we bought it…