Good morning and good Tuesday to you! I wanted to post yesterday, but I was overcome with the Monday-ness of the day, and ended up wandering aimlessly in my pajamas, eating peanut butter.
But today is a new day! And I have a fun furniture transformation to share!
This is actually an older post from our archives, and I get questions often to share a more detailed tutorial for how to get this ‘planked’ look on tabletops. So I’m going to go for it!
It was a sturdy little set, and I loved the character of the pedestal base. But the top surface is laminate, so my staining technique was out of the question. I just wasn’t having a surge of inspiration.
So it sat. In our garage. For a LONG time. Until on a whim, we decided to paint this bad boy and be done with it.
Because the top was shiny laminate, we needed to sand it to dull it down. Otherwise the primer wouldn’t have anything to grab onto.
The pale yellow paint was a fairly flat sheen already, so we didn’t worry about sanding that part. If it had been glossy, we definitely would have! We primed and painted white with RustOleum spray paint in a satin sheen.
I decided I wanted to paint the table to look kinda driftwood-y Restoration Hardware-esque with white chairs. I’ve been loving this technique I came up with for ‘aging’ wood. I paint raw wood white, then sand it until I can see the woodgrain popping through, then STAIN. But since this table is painted, we skipped the sanding part (since it’s just laminate (plastic) on the top surface instead of) and went right to the staining.
Nick brushed on the stain (we used RustOleum Dark Walnut), and I came behind him and wiped the stain away… leaving it in the cracks and crevices, and aging the crisp white.
I wanted the top surface to resemble planks, so I taped off every other 4” (ish) to stain individual planks.
Then I brushed on stain and wiped it away with a cotton cloth, using a straight sweeping motion to create a streaky woodgrain look.
I took the tape off right after staining. Then, after that stain had dried (several hours), I came back and taped off the remaining white planks and stained them the same way.
After removing the tape, it was starting to look like individual planks!
I liked where this was going, but I still wanted each individual ‘board’ to stand out from one another more, so I taped off a tiny slice on the cracks of each board, and stained it dark to resemble a crack.
And then it looked like this.
Not bad eh?! Our garage was too nasty to take ‘after pictures’, so we hauled this babe into our dining room (this was at our old house) for a little photoshoot.
I love the distressed wood look with the crisp white chairs. Don’t you think this would look amazing with just about any décor style? I would say it definitely has some farmhouse vibes though for sure.
Here’s a little before/after action.
This furniture transformation was SO SIMPLE. And if it weren’t for paint drying times, we could have knocked this one out in an afternoon easily. Do you think you’ll give this technique a try?
Also, if you’re looking for a way to update your table with less complex instructions, try our graywashing technique to get that farmhouse look in just an afternoon!
I’m guessing if you love the ‘worn/shabby’ look, you might also love this technique I found to make new pine boards look like old barn wood. If this doesn’t scream farmhouse, I don’t know what does. 😉
Oh! And lots of other painting techniques from our archives here!
We also have a post that helps you determine whether your furniture is Laminate or Wood Veneer (and what the difference is!)
Be sure to check out all the other furniture transformations we’ve done over the years by clicking the image below!
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