We love a rustic shabby chic look as much as the next guy! When we spied this one in a thrift store we knew we had to have it. It was quite worn and in need of a new top. We knew a little white paint and distressing would make all that detail just pop. We thought about adding an upholstered top and making it a small bench but we weren’t sure if it could handle the weight. It was solid for a table, but a bench? We opted to keep it a table and add a rustic planked top.
We started by cleaning and lightly sanding the piece. We painted the table base with our favorite go-to DIY chalk paint using Behr Swiss Coffee. We then gave the table a moderate distress with sandpaper and sealed the paint with hemp oil. For the plank top, we cut cedar planks down to size, sanded well and stained with Weathered Oak by Minwax. We secured the top with wood glue and a brad nailer.
We went over the table with a white glaze to get in all the nooks and crannies. We finished it by sealing with a dark glaze.
We love how the rustic top balances out all of the feminine detail. We hope you like this as much as we do.