We've been working on a project around here.
Shocked. I'm sure.
(Not really if you know my man.)
Our current dining room table has many special memories attached to it. It was the dining table that my parents had when I was growing up. Lots of laughter and good food have been shared on it. While it has definitely served its purpose, it does have one fault. It only seats 6 comfortably. Since we have 5 people in our family, that means that special occasions can only include 1 more person if we use that table. What's a party with only one guest?!
Not too special (or realistic).
So I mentioned to my handy man (aka husband) that I would really like to have a dining table that could seat 8-10. Since he already showed his skill with the coffee table, I knew he could do it.
Take a look:I wanted that old farmhouse feel. Nothing fancy. Something that we could use with the kids and not worry about the finish. He painted it black, (oh yeah, and BUILT it!!!) and then handed the project over to me:
First I roughed the edges. By hand ... whoa. Way too much time and work. So I tried this:
Oh yeah, much better. Now I know why they call them POWER tools. I felt so powerful using it! After about an hour, I told my man that it would have been much easier to just let the kids sit at it for a week. All those 'distressed' marks would have shown up naturally.
Amazing how much work it takes to make something new look old!
After sanding, distressing, and sanding again, I cleaned it with a damp cloth.
Then I applied a dark stain to the distressed places:
I was very pleased with the outcome. I'm telling you, my sorry picture doesn't do it justice. It looks black in real-life with little bits of stained wood showing through here and there.
Now I need to find chairs. Hmm... any ideas?