Kitchen table makeover – Lime Oak table

Have you ever painted or refurbished a piece of furniture and wondered why the hell you hadn’t thought to do it sooner?

We inherited our kitchen table 11 years ago when we bought our first house. It’s been strong and reliable, seen us enjoy many meals; breakfast on my wedding day, as a married couple for the first time, our first Christmas dinner at home, Williams first adventure with food. It’s heard many stories and been covered with everything. But throughout its time in our home it has been veiled in cloth as the wood is an unfortunate orange stain.

I’ve longed for a lime oak table and one day recently I suddenly realised that I had the skills to give our kitchen table a makeover. Along with my mother in law, I up cycle and paint old furniture and I have no idea why it took me so long to consider refurbing my own. I planned to white wash the table using Annie Sloan paint and wax as I have a good experience with this range and the white wash would give me a look close to what I desired. However, upon opening my pot of paint it had all been used. I took to the internet to order a new pot and to my delight I discovered a new product… white wax! I ordered a sample pot, certain that this new white wax would save me a lot of time and cover the entire table. I no longer needed to white wash the table because the wax did all the work for me, with this small pot I basically eradicated all the work painting the table!

Here are a few before and after pictures, I think you’ll agree the finished look is one hundred times better and it is exactly as I wanted. All it took were a few tools, a couple of hours and a little elbow grease. You can find my method below.

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Shopping List:

– Sanding pads or paper
– White spirit
– Old cotton cloths (I cut up an old white shirt)
– Annie Sloan white wax
– Dust masks and gloves (optional)

Method:

  1. Sand the furniture, completely. Although many do not sand furniture before using Annie Sloan paint or wax, I do! It gives you a great base to work with and also ensures it adheres to the wood in the strongest way possible. To create a limed oak finish I also needed to remove the stain so I could wax the original wood, if you do not remove the original paint or stain this will show through the wax and you will not get the finish you want. Luckily the stain was really easy to remove from this table. So, sand all the way back to the original wood.
    Note: you may wish to use disposable gloves and masks during this stage. If inside, ensure you have suitable ventilation at all times.
    *Tip do this away from the wax to stop dust particles getting into the wax and back onto the furniture.
  2. Once sanded all over, brush dust from the furniture and wipe all over with white spirit. Wait until dry. Check the area you’re going to wax in is clear of dust.
  3. Apply white wax with the cotton cloths, using circular motions and working in small areas. Work the wax into the grain of the wood.
  4. Once waxed, leave until dry to the touch, approx. 12 hours and then buff to shine, using clean white cotton cloths. The more buffing, the higher the shine. Ideally wait for a further 12 hours before using the furniture as it may still mark.
    *Tip use gloves for waxing!

Job Done! And no furniture is safe in this little old cottage…

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