This is one of those posts where the title is exactly what it is about- a rustic white french table with wood top! I found this table a couple weeks ago at a yard sale near Sawyer’s soccer game (so convenient!). It was worn and weathered, but I adored its shape, especially the legs…
This before was taken truly before I had done anything to it- it just looks like I had begun to strip it because it was so weathered. The benefit of that was that I didn’t have to sand the legs before painting- they were ready to soak it up! As for the top, I spent about 20-30 minutes sanding it with an orbital sander to remove the finish completely and get it down to bare wood.
I started with the base first, and painted it with a very thin (not quite a dry brush technique but close!) coat of General Finishes Antique White. I let that dry, and then distressed the details, and sanded lightly where it looked a little streaky. To finish the base, I went over it with General Finishes Satin Finishing Wax.
For the top of the table, once it was all sanded, I wanted to keep it on the light side. I used Briwax Golden Oak to both color the wood and protect. I wiped it on with a rag, allowed it to dry, and then buffed it with a clean rag.
I brought the table to Sweet Clover last week and we staged it with bentwoods, and it was ready for the sale this coming weekend!
I just love the finish on the base….
So, it was looking loverly… right? And then it rained this weekend, and I hadn’t been up to the barn until yesterday. I discovered that we had a leak right on top of the table, so the water sat there for a few days, ruining the finish on the top. So tomorrow I am headed there to fix it before the sale this weekend! Should I sand and rewax? Or perhaps give it a Java Gel stain? Or paint the top like the base? What do you think? I loved it as it was, but I don’t think I can get it exactly the same.
PS- if you want to see the rest of the items we have for sale this weekend, click here to see our facebook album! I will be working Saturday (which happens to be my anniversary!) and would love to see you!