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So I found this table on Facebook marketplace for SUUUPPEEER cheap and thought I would try out a whitewash/restoration hardware “mashup” look that I had in mind, on it. I’m definitely not a pro and have never tried this type of look before…and while I like how it turned out, if I’m being 100% honest, it’s not EXACTLY what I had envisioned.

Also, I ended up sanding it down and trying a new look about 5 times…so there’s that…

So here’s the table that I found. This is after I sanded the top and cleaned it. The cleaning solution is still drying in this image.

Just for “funsies”, here’s another image in the midst of my frustration trying to get “the look” that I was going for. This picture basically describes my brain. One million thoughts and ideas coming together that eventually adds up to some kind of mutual combined effort…but the process is sometimes a little messy. I guess the good news is that eventually the ideas DO come together…

So here’s the deal. I wish I had taken more images of the whole process BUT since my “process” changed 5 times, I don’t exactly have images showing it all. What I do have, however, is the process that I finally found to work, saved to memory, so I will share that with you instead!

So here we go:

Step one: Sand your table down to take off the top layer of stain and protective coat. I only sanded the top and rim around the top. I did not sand the bottom as I was just painting that with chalk paint and it does not require sanding prior to painting. Also, I recommend a power sander. I can’t even imagine trying to do this by hand.

Step two: Thoroughly clean the table to wipe away all dust and debris.

Step three: Apply a layer of this weathered wood accelerator. I let it dry overnight. This will darken your wood up quite a bit….don’t be alarmed.

Side note: I found all paint and stain at Lowe’s.

Step four: After allowing that to dry overnight, I then added streaks of different color stains on the table. I covered the whole table top with stain but basically just scattered different colors everywhere in thick straight lines going with the grain of the wood. I hope that makes sense?

I used these colors below:

I then allowed those to dry completely…I honestly don’t know how long that was but I stepped away for several hours.

Step five: I then came in with this white paint and added a bit to a plastic cup mixed with water. I would say about 70% water mixed with 30% paint. I brushed that on with a brush and then came back through after a few minutes and wiped it off with a rag.

Step six: After that, I basically kept repeating the process with the stains and the white washing technique. Building and building it, until I was satisfied with the look.

Step seven: Once I liked the general look, I used a final full layer of the weathered oak stain on the top and then streaked some of the classic gray in a few areas for some more variance. I let that completely dry.

Step eight: To seal it, I used a water based protective finish in satin. I would have used a complete matte and also preferred a complete matte look. However, being that this is a table we actually plan to eat on at most meals, it needed to be more durable and easier to clean….I did a good 5 layers or so of the top coat, following the directions, on the back of the can for drying time. I used one of those black sponge brushes in a larger size for this. Keep in mind, those don’t clean easily, in my opinion, so I purchased a handful to be able to use a new one for each layer.

Step nine: For the base of the table, I just cleaned it thoroughly and used the white chalk paint on it. I think it took about 4 or 5 layers of paint to cover it completely…then I used the top coat on it as well…just a few coats with that though.

And here’s the finished look! I paired it with a bench seat in chenille, two side chairs in velvet and two wooden chairs with spokes. Again, it’s not exactly what I initially had in mind, but I definitely do love how it turned out! I hope this gives you the motivation to fix up that piece you’ve been thinking of doing!