30 responses

  1. Anonymous
    October 22, 2010

    Did those brass foot pieces come off before you painted?

  2. Beccy
    October 22, 2010

    You did a great job. I love it. Your tutorial couldn’t have come at a better time for me, as I have a table that I’m wanting to do about the same thing to this weekend. Thanks for you hints. I was going to brush paint the bottom, but now think I will definately try the spray paint. Seems like it’s worth a little extra cost for the great results.

  3. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm
    October 22, 2010

    What a GORGEOUS table! You did a fabulous job. A real beauty!


  4. Hannah
    October 22, 2010

    wow. this is amazing. great job! inspires me to refinish my 1981 kitchen table. i don’t think a thing has been done to it in the last 30 years!

  5. Bill and Christina
    October 22, 2010

    I love your table!

  6. Erin
    October 22, 2010

    The table looks wonderful, Jami! I’ve had a farmhouse table for several years that I finally, FINALLY refinished last month. The legs and base were already painted a creamy white and were distressed, so no work was needed there, though I recently used Heirloom White to paint a dresser-cum-bathroom vanity and was very pleased with the finished piece. Anyway, I refinished the top of the farm table by using an orbital sander, which of course made a big mess on my porch, so next time I need to remove a finish, I’ll try a varnish remover like you did. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and thanks for writing this blog. I’ve been reading it for a few months but this is the first time I’ve commented. I always look forward to receiving the email updates that you’ve written a new post!

  7. Denise
    October 22, 2010

    You got a deal! It turned out so pretty… pretty enough that I’m reconsidering how to finish a couple of re-do’s on my list.

  8. ChRiS
    October 22, 2010

    i think you did more then a grand job its beautiful….congrats on having all that patience!!

  9. Dan
    October 22, 2010

    The top looks great with the stain. We like the Heirloom White, too. It seems like projects always take three times longer than you think they should. I think it’s one of those “laws”. Good Job!

  10. Sue
    October 22, 2010

    Looks fantastic; great job!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow

  11. Katie
    October 22, 2010

    Great Job! I did my own table too, but got mine from an unfinished wood furniture store. Did this on purpose so that I can refinish in the future after my kids mess it all up with dings and dangs. Looks AWESOME!

  12. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    October 22, 2010

    Sorry- about the double post! I think your table came out amazing and you got a great deal on it!! I love the finishes you chose!! Enjoy that beauty- Well done! I host a decorating inspiration party at my blog on the weekends if you would like to join sometime. :)

  13. Jaime Lynn
    October 23, 2010

    WOW! You did a great job!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Jami @An Oregon Cottage
    October 23, 2010

    Anon- I just taped the brass feet before spraying, but I did see little nail-like things, so I bet people “in the know” take them off.

    Me? I just tape. :-)

  15. jen
    October 23, 2010

    GORGEOUS! Well worth the work and a great deal! It will be loved by your family for years…a “new” heirloom! Love it!

  16. Sarah @ Modern Country Style
    October 23, 2010

    Oh my goodness, Jami, this is BEEEEEEEEAUUUUUUUTIFUL! Wow! And WOW again!

    It’s just a total transformation. Incredible. Did I mention WOW?!

    And also, that was a really good tutorial.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments about our bedoom linens.


  17. Melynda
    October 23, 2010

    Beautiful! I have come to know that some of those involved jobs to make a house a home, bring the most joy. You will enjoy meals at this table, visit around this table, it is a central point in the room. No, not too involved. Great job on breaking it down into workable steps that fit your needs.

  18. Biljana
    October 23, 2010

    Great job, it looks wonderful, bravo:)
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

  19. Ellen
    October 23, 2010

    Beautiful! Hope the person who sold it to you doesn’t see it – they might want it back. :)

  20. diXymiss
    October 23, 2010

    Nicely done! I eXpect whenever you sit down to dine it will be with a big smile of satisfaction on your face ~ but without a table cloth! ThanX for the inspiration and great tutorial.

  21. Anonymous
    October 23, 2010

    WOW – A+

  22. Tammigirl
    October 23, 2010

    I think you did an amazing job. I’ve never stripped anything before either.

  23. Andrea
    October 24, 2010

    Beautiful piece and great job! I love the cream base with the wood top!

  24. Marsha Neal Studio (Marsha’s Garden Blog, Marsha Minutella)
    October 24, 2010

    Looks wonderful! Love seeing your projects (especially because you eventually get around to actually finishing them!) Thanks for sharing with us all…

  25. Carrie
    October 25, 2010

    labor of LOVE!!! It’s gorgeous!!!!! You’ll have that forever and be proud every time you sit down for a meal ;) Kudos to you!!!

  26. Irene
    October 26, 2010

    I am VERY impressed! Great work!!!

  27. Vicki
    August 15, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous! Worth a few hundreds if you ask me so well worth the $75, you`ve inspired me to get mine done, thank you!

  28. Billie
    April 15, 2014

    I am about to do this to my kitchen table & I love your tutorial. Thank you so much! My only concern is about protecting the painted part of the table (& I’d like to paint our chairs white). Did you use poly on those? If so, what kind? And did it yellow the paint? I can’t wait to get this project started and over with! Thanks!

    • Jami
      April 15, 2014

      I didn’t apply any type of coating to the paint, Billie. I’m okay with the distressed look (as most painted surfaces achieve that look eventually in our house anyway, lol). But spraying the paint (either with spray paint like I did the base or with a hand-held paint sprayer like I did the chairs) seems to make the paint adhere better than brushing – not sure why, but that’s been my experience. The chairs have very little distressing 2 years later and the table only at the legs where people’s feet rest on them. I could easily touch that up if I cared, ha. Which is another reason not to coat the paint – it would be harder to touch up. Have fun with your project!

      • Billie
        April 15, 2014

        Thanks so much for your reply! I saw your post about the chairs. I am currently searching for a paint sprayer to borrow. (FYI – I’ve just discovered your website & have pinned several items. :) )

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