Distressing My Dining Table


My first distressing project and I like the way it turned out.

I have been distressed myself lately and trying to keep myself occupied and make good use of these days off.

I started the table two days ago and worked on it between doing yard work and digging up garden beds.

All I did was give it a light sanding and then painted it a pale olive green with a little tin of paint I got for a couple of bucks at Habitat for Humanity. After that dried I applied two coats of white paint.

When the white was dry I took fine grit sandpaper and distressed areas that would be worn with use.
Then a coat of clear varnish and its almost dry.

It made quite a mess in the house and I got dust every where from sanding. My next project is the rocking chair and I will do that one outside.

I really like the table white, I think it looks cottagey. (I don’t think that’s a word)

7 thoughts on “Distressing My Dining Table

    1. ladywithatruck Post author

      Cindy!! Someone told me it was a Duncan Fife but I wasn’t sure. how can you tell?

      I got it for free off Craigs List about 2 years ago from a mansion in Vancouver. It had been in the family as long as the lady could remember. They were downsizing and moving into a condo.
      It was in great shape when I got it but a year storage in a leaky barn took its toll on it so I didn’t feel bad painting it.


  1. Ray's Mom

    Beautiful job on that lovely table. Yes, the style of the legs and usually brass or bronze caps on the very tips of the legs is a hint. Also drawer pulls are distinctive of that style. Happy for you – it may be worth $$$.



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