PINE HARVEST TABLE MAKEOVER – We always host our families for dinner on Christmas day. In order to fit in all 20+ of us, we clear out our dining room table and put up folding tables through our dining and living room. This year we decided not to bring the dining table back into the house from the garage to force ourselves to get around to making our dream harvest table. You read that right – we were going to make our own table!
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Well, life is busy with three kids and our dining room sat empty for many months. That is until I spotted the most beautiful antique pine table on Facebook Marketplace for only $100! We were fortunate enough to be the first to message and that baby became all ours. Time for a pine harvest table makeover!
We knew we wanted to refinish the table to better fit in with our aesthetic. Our floors are dark wood and my grandmother’s old dining buffet and hutch are black. We chose to restain the top in espresso and paint the bottom in Annie Sloan’s graphite colored chalk paint.
The top of the table took quite a bit of sanding. We were tempted to keep the Xs and Os game that was carved into the surface. But we decided it had enough character without it and our kids are bound to add their own marks. It is hard to achieve a uniform stain with pine. We weren’t too concerned about using any tips or tricks for evening out the stain though because we wanted the rustic look.
We broke our own “always prime” rule and applied Annie Sloan’s chalk paint directly to the legs. Again, because we were going for that rustic farmhouse look, we didn’t follow our guide for achieving a near perfect paint finish. We chose graphite, described as a “soft black”, for the bottom. After two coats it still looked a little grey but after applying wax as a finishing coat, it definitely looks much darker.
The finished look is just what we were hoping for! It’s got character that just can’t get by buying new and we were able to purchase and refinish it for less than the cost of wood to make it ourselves. All we need to do now is invite some friends over for dinner. What do you think of this furniture flip? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.