Jane – A Contemporary Farm Table

Day one of my self inflicted five day challenge of painting and posting one piece of furniture per day. I decided to start with the dining table. Go big or go home right? Meet Jane:

She was in bad shape when we picked her up from one of our local thrift stores. Notice the table top varnish is cracking and chipping off?

The base is a retro contemporary design that looks to be from the 60’s era, matched with a thick tabletop. She needed to be brightened up a bit and I knew that I wanted to take advantage of all the knicks and scratches on the top!

I started with a light sanding by hand to make sure there weren’t any rough edges. I then took a watered down solution of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White, and began a random pattern of brushing on and wiping off until I achieved the balance I was looking for. Next, I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax (applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth), followed by one coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax (also applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth) over the entire tabletop.

This was the first time I used the dark wax so liberally, and let me just say that I LOVE the result! I would totally keep this table for myself if it was the right scale for my dining room!

I chose ASCP in Duck Egg Blue for the base — Just one thick coat, distressed, with a coat of clear wax to finish.

The base brings in just a little pop of color that accents the natural looking tabletop so well!

This was such a fun project, one of my favorites for sure! I can’t wait to paint my next dining table!

Jane has been posted on Craigslist here.

Lots of love,


10 thoughts on “Jane – A Contemporary Farm Table

  1. Emily T

    I am in looooove with this table! I might come to AZ just to steal it plus Patrick would enjoy it much more than our dinky Ikea one that he refuses to sit at.

    1. becauseiliketodecorate Post author

      Thanks Em! I know, my family here in AZ is telling me to keep it and use it as our breakfast nook table. I would however happily sell it to you, plus we would love to see you guys :)

  2. tracy a

    so glad to see you posting again! and thank you so much for this post. it has, inadvertantly, answered many questions i have had recently (like who makes chalk paint)! now that i’ve found a retailer, i’m set!! love the table…

  3. Kim

    I replied to your Craigslist posting telling you how I need this table. I sent you pics of the little loveseat in my kitchen. They would look so cute together. In the pics I sent you on Craigslist the color does not show up that well (color in my pic is washed out) but in real life the color of my loveseat goes perfectly with your little table. After I buy this table from you I will send you more pics of them together.


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