Farmhouse Table DIY Refresh

Four years ago I bought this cute farmhouse table from a gal I met at our local antique flea market. She painted it to my specifications and it was exactly what I wanted….at that time.  I look at this photo and smile with a grateful heart for all the meals we’ve eaten at this table as a family and with those we’ve welcomed into our home.  But as the years go by and seasons change, so did my taste in home decor. Have you ever looked back at old pictures and say to yourself  “what was I thinking?”  Well that’s kinda how I feel when I look at the yellow walls  and the mint green chairs….so I decided it was time for a refresh.  The walls have since been painted white so we’re good there. 🙂 But the chairs and the table needed a fresh coat of paint.

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If you know me you know that I frequent instagram quite a bit. In fact a lot of my home decor inspiration comes from IG.  I didn’t know the first thing about painting or sanding anything so I just did a little research on IG and YouTube and learned that before sanding you can strip the paint off furniture using Citri-Strip Stripping Gel.

Basically it’s a gel  that you apply to your furniture piece and distribute evenly and generously then let it penetrate for about 30-40 minutes. That’s it!

Then you take a paint scraper and start scraping away all the gunk. The old paint comes off so easily!

 

After all the paint is scraped off, my husband took the table outside and sanded it down to a nice smooth finish.

 

My initial plan was to stain it with danish oil. But there was a spot on the wood that was hard to get rid of and would be visible through the stain. So I had to go to plan B.

I decided to give it the same gray wash look it had before. The old paint was looking worn out anyway so it was nice to slap on a fresh new coat and give it that old reclaimed wood look.  As you can see in the picture below I separated the sections and applied about two coats of Rust-oleum Chalked Linen White paint (forgot to take a photo of the table top painted all white but you can see a section of it here). Then I followed with Rust-oleum Chalked Aged Gray paint.

To give it that aged, look I waited for the white paint to dry then I dipped my paint brush in the gray paint and lightly brushed the gray paint over the white, varying the brush strokes and applying heavier paint in some areas and lighter paint in other areas. Since my goal was to make this table look old and weathered I didn’t go for a lot of uniformity here.

 

Considering this was my first time painting a piece of furniture, I was quite pleased with the results. Now time to seal the deal!

After doing some more research on how to seal the paint I came across some really great reviews on Miss Mustard Seed Antiquing Wax. I decided to give it a try and ordered both the black/brown and clear wax from Amazon. The link is HERE if you would like to order.

I can’t express enough how easy it was to apply.  First I started with the dark wax. I cut up one of my husband’s old t-shirts and used it to apply the wax.  You can see how it highlights the paint and makes those brush strokes really stand out.

 

After allowing the dark wax to cure for a couple of days. I finished it off with clear wax.

 

After the final application I let it seal for a couple of days.  Next I had to tackle the job of sanding down six chairs and painting them all white. But before I did that I used Citri-Strip stripping gel to remove all the paint. You can see below how after applying a generous layer it starts to break down and crackle the paint making it easy to scrape off.

 

I didn’t record the sanding of the chairs but was sure happy when I was done.  It was hard to get into those hard-to-reach areas with my husband’s sander so I ordered own :-).  There were so many to choose from but I went with one that had pretty good reviews and didn’t break the bank.  Go HERE if you want to check out the Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander.  After all the chairs were sanded down, I wiped them all clean with a damp rag.  I let them dry then painted them all with linen white chalked paint.  Once the chairs were completely dried I distressed them with sandpaper until I was happy with the look. After wiping them clean from all the dust, I sealed them with clear wax.

I hope you enjoyed my step-by-step tutorial on how I refreshed our farmhouse table. I didn’t care for the sanding part much but sure loved the painting.  One thing I neglected to mention was the base of the table.  It was a cream colored paint which I painted it over with linen white chalk paint. No sanding. I normally would have stripped the paint with the gel stuff then sanded it down but this mama was tired and desperately wanted to eat off the table with her family again…lol!

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Essential Oils Travel Bag

Last November we took a short 2-day family trip to Solvang and Ojai.  I was wanting to pack a few of my Young Living Essential Oils to have on hand in case of headaches, tummy aches, or backaches. I didn’t want to just throw the bottles into my duffle bag. Even though they were tightly sealed I wanted no chance of leakage so I came up with safe way to pack them.  I went to Target and found this $2.00 zipper bag which I thought was the perfect size.  I had some stretchy elastic in my stash of sewing essentials and went to work.

All I did was measure the length of elastic I needed to sew onto the inside of the bag and created six loops just big enough to hold six bottles of essential oils. You can see by the photos below it wasn’t too difficult to do.  I was able to secure the bottles in the bag and then place the bag upright in my purse.  Easy 20 minute project.

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Healing Salve

Thought I’d share this quick and easy recipe I found online.  My daughter had a patch of dry itchy skin on her arm and when the doctor looked at it she said it was eczema. She recommended an over the counter cream to apply but I thought “nah, I’ll make my own and its not gonna have any harsh ingredients either”.  So I came across this Miracle Salve Recipe at Primally Inspired and it is so easy to make.  I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand.

  • 3 Tbs Beeswax Pellets (order here)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (order here)
  • 1/2 up Avocado Oil (*I used a combination of sweet almond -purchased at Sprouts and jojoba oil – ordered here)
  • 2 Tbs Shea butter (order here)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (see the recipe link above for the different kinds of essential oils recommended. For this recipe I used Lavender, Geranium an Lemon because it was the closest I had to the eczema blend that is recommended in the recipe). I purchase my oils from Young Living.

Picture list of items used for this recipe.

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Instructions:

  1. Add a few inches of water in a skillet and place a large measuring cup in the middle, turn on the flame and then add the beeswax. I found that it’s best to just leave the beeswax to melt on it’s own instead of stirring it like I was in this picture. It just stuck to the wooden spoon and was difficult to scrape off the sides.

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2.  After the beeswax has melted add the rest of the oils (except the essential oils) and the shea butter.

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3.  Once everything is melted, remove the measuring cup from the water and then add your essential oils. I added about 6-7 drops of each oil.

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4.  Once you are done with adding your essential oils you are ready to pour the liquid into a 4 oz jar.  I used these jars.  Then you can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process. It’s that simple.  This recipe  makes enough to fill two jars so why not make one for a friend?

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Viola! Homemade Healing Salve – made with love!  Oh and my daughter’s eczema is gone!

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*Just make sure it is stored in a cool place with the lid tightly closed. It has a shelf life of 2 years. Enjoy!