Sunday

Family Room tables.. drab to fab!

I've had these three heavy duty tables for many years, and now that my entire design idea has turned to "White", it's time for them to make the change!
    At first I thought of 'Spray Painting", but, since I had  full gallons, of both "Primer and Cabinet Enamel" I thought better of buying new paint, as my cabinets came out beautiful and very durable. Time to  take them all out on the deck, and sand with my handy-dandy electric sander.   I want the 'Distressed' look.. so I did sand them to create 'worn' edges... after the paint, the 'worn edges' did not show? 


  The tables had only varnish on them so all I had to do was take off the shine... was  very fast work!

The first step in painting was the 'Kilz Primer"..... That first coat went on so beautifully I could have not even used the paint, it covered the wood so well.  For some reason "I love to paint with a brush"... relaxing to me!

Our weather here on the "Gulf Coast of South Florida" was in the 90's, so inside they went for the first coat of paint...The  paint went on so smooth.  I did let the first coat dry over night then applied a second.   

What a difference!  Really.  I have to tell you, my husband thinks "I've lost my mind" ( whow! In July we will be married 30 years!) Painting everything "White". "He will be a believer", when the entire house has taken on the "Soft hues" I'm after. ( to be quite honest, at this point in our lives, he really does not care what I do with the house.. he trusts me.) 
I'll tell you, "After living with dark wood for all these years"... 
"It's time for a change"!

I have a "Wine Rack" that I use as a stand, for the "Bird Cage" (notice it to the right of the end table, above),  blond wood, hmmmm?
Think I should paint that also?  Poor "Choopie and Molly"!! Their next!
"Run for your lives birdies"

Now I need to "Beat up the wood" a little,,,, but , it's so nice and clean looking?

Ok, Ok, when the outside is a bit cooler I'll take them on the deck, and do a bit of "distressing". But 'not today'... it's in the 90's again, and I'll surely pass-out!

To be continued......

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50 comments:

Granny J said...

Your tables look great. The white is perfect for Florida and the cottage look.

Julie said...

What a difference a little paint can make. We just painted a coffee table yesterday:) Love your new white tables.

Pam said...

They look refreshed and pretty; yeah!

Bonnie said...

Good and fresh as new!! They look nice!

Lourie said...

Oooh! They look fantastic! Makes me want to do some making over of my own.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

They look great! The same thing happens to me. I get the table painted perfect then I can hardly get my self to beat it up and make it chippy.

Carol

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Got to love paint :)
Those tables look so fresh & new - see, your husband should be so happy that you save him so much money (at least that's what we tell our husbands!!)

Anita said...

Your tables look fabulous! You gave them a second life. It was hot here on the panhandle too. And to try to do work in the evening mean mosquitoes!

NancyCreative said...

The white tables look great! I like white furniture, too--it has a fresh look to it!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

What a great job you did! I love white furniture!

Meg said...

The white looks so lovely! Great job. I have a hard time distressing, too, after achieving such a clean, crisp look. But, it adds a nice dimension to the piece and it also give it some character. It also gives me an excuse when my kids decide to go crazy around the furniture! Great job.

Kenzie said...

Gorgeous! They look fantastic!

Rettabug said...

Amazing improvement...what a difference!! Good job, Sandy!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What an amazing transformation. Love the white! Fabulous job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~Stephanie Lynn

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a fresh looking makeover...they look outstanding! Thanks for coming to my NTT party!

Blessings,
Linda

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

yep, WAY better! :) nicely done with the white!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Makes the whole room ready for summer! Thanks for helping to make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! See you next week! Rory

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh they look SO much better!

Holly said...

I love what paint can do! The white looks fresh and crisp and perfect. I have a few more years before my hubby trusts my decisions on painting.

Kathy said...

They do look amazing. Very beachy! Much, much, much better!
Kathy

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a great result! It's a startling transformation and so lovely in your room!

32˙North said...

Hi Sandy,

What a wonderful transformation for your tables! And I agree, painting with a brush is totally relaxing.

Amanda

McCarthy Designs said...

Your tables look so lovely! I prefer the white paint to the dark and a change is always nice! I followed your White Wednesday link! Have a great day!xx

Jane, at Thepaperaffair said...

I love your 'new' tables, you will make your husband a believer. After 30 years of marriage, you all go a little mad!!! Jane

Melly said...

Hi Sandy,
Your tables turned out great, I'm doing the same at my place transforming the furniture to white...so much fun and its like getting new furniture :)
Can't wait to see what else you do :)
Have a great day!
Melly:)

Sherry said...

Your tables look great! Very beachy and perfect for your FL home.

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

You're darn right -- FAB!!! Those are fabulous. Well done and thanks for sharing how you did it!

Sandra said...

They look so much better white. Great decision.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It looks amazing, can't believe what paint can do!! Have a wonderful night!
Kristin :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I'm with you, I'm so over dark wood tones! If it's standing still, it's going to be white!
great job on your tables.
gail

A Cottage Muse said...

You did a wonderful job! They look perfect in your room! Very happy I stopped by!

Cindy Geilmann said...

I admire your drive. It takes allot to take on project like that. You did a great job and they look beautiful. Funny isn't it, how you love them again. I wish I dared to go all white.

come visit
cindy@stitches

Olivia said...

Those look beautiful! I love white!

anne maskell said...

I love the white! My husband is the same, he never knows what he'll come home too! He never asks why I'm doing what I do, he just nods his head and says, 'yes dear'....
I found you at NFF.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Hi! Great blog! I LoVe white furniture! I'll be following you as pasrt of New Friend Friday! Thanks for playing!

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Beth said...

they look great!

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Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

I lived with dark wood for years too and I love all of the white and lighter colored wood that I have in my current home. Great job on the tables and I definitely think they will look fab with a little distressng

Gabrielle @ i.craft said...

really lovely, good job!

Debbie said...

Girl with a power tool...look out! Awesome job...really it is from Frab to Fab!~ Thanks for linking up to the party....I hope you enjoy viewing some others as well. Enjoy the weekend!~ I think it is a little quiet in blog land.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

They are so clean and fresh looking. I have always loved sky blue and white together....it's a classic and never gets 'old'. Happy Memorial Day.

Linda said...

The white is wonderful so fresh! I bet the whole house will look great when you are done!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness...what a beautiful transformation. I love them white and they look so pretty in your familyroom! Great work :)
Wendy

Charlotte said...

So much better! What do men know? Paint the birdcage stand also!

Victoria said...

Oh much much better! It looks so bright and cheery in your room:)

Jenny said...

Wow, these look great. I'm visiting you from Debbie's and I'm glad I did. I have these tables and I think I need to paint 'em up, too! Thanks for the great idea!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Fabulous ransformations. The white is gorgeous! They look brand new. Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Life in Rehab said...

Ohhhhhhhhh, don't distress them! They're perfect as is, really!

Becolorful said...

Total fab. Love the white with the blue in your room.
Pam

Heather said...

So pretty! Drastic improvement! Please come back next week and link up again!
Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com