Painting a Farmhouse Table and Chairs

I live in an actual farmhouse.  Well, it used to be, now I just pretend I have a farm.  We have dining room set that we moved with us to this lovely farmhouse. The table and chairs are pine in a golden colour. The floors here are very old maple (that’s my best guess). Here is how the table and chairs look in the dining room:

 Here’s a close-up:

Even though I’m a carpenter/cabinetmaker and I love wood… this is too much wood on wood!

So, first I sanded the chair seats because they were very worn.  I did this outside last December 27th, before the snow fell:

As an aside, here is what it looks like out there today!!!!

After sanding I brushed on a couple of coats of shellac (again, this was just the seats).  This is the best thing for keeping knots from bleeding through.

Once those were done I used Gail’s (My Repurposed Life) chalky paint , which is where you make your own primer using Plaster of Paris, a bit of water, and latex paint.  Then I coated the chairs with the same latex paint I had used in the primer. For the table I only painted the apron and legs and left the top as it was.

We haven’t done anything else yet in the dining room, but you can see the difference that painting the table base and chairs has made to the room.

Do you think it was a good idea to paint this table and chairs?

If anyone is keeping track, I really should be posting part 2 of our Biloxi trip. Since Angie at Knick of Time is having a Farmhouse special link up on Friday and the topic is Farmhouse Tables, I quickly put this together so that I could share it there. Stay tuned for Biloxi part 2.

The Dedicated House

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  1. STUNNING! and I would also paint the inside of the hutch to match. Then all your pretty things would show up so much better and it would pull the look together.

    Sorry about your snow…

  2. Love the after!!!
    Just thought I'd let you know, I'm opening a new antique/boutique called Public Square Market in Adairsville, GA. Hope to be ready 5/1!! We have a FB page where you can keep up with our progress, if you'd like. Come visit us next time you're in the states!!!

  3. YES! I love the new look. I love natural wood but I also love painted. I agree…too much wood on wood is not appealing! It's so nice and bright now. And quit with the snow already…it's April. 🙂


  4. I think your set looks really great. I am facing a similar situation in my dining room and so am happy to see your outcome. I love antiques and pretty wood, but sometimes painting is the best way to go. Too much natural wood and nothing stands out..Happy Thursday..Judy

  5. Absolutely……… made a stunning difference. My kitchen has to much oak and I have a table
    with the white base, but really want to paint my chairs, they are that victorian look, so have
    toyed with just getting new ones that are more modern looking, but hasn't happened yet, so one
    day I might just take the plunge.
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Hi Julie …..Your table looks gorgeous!! I love the white base and the dark stain top. BTW I couldn't help but notice your pretty wedding picture on your side bar I am also married to an Eric and my name is funny. Glad I stopped by!!!
    Julie @ Love My Simple Home

  7. Now it is perfect!! The white breaks up all the wood on wood for sure and I have to say, I like Anne's idea of painting the inside of your hutch to match. It would tie all the elements together. Hope you don't mind us saying that Julie. 😉
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. We always love seeing your projects.

  8. It does make a big difference. I am making a cabinet now that I will be painting white for the same reason, there is just too much dark wood in the room right now.

    I've been wondering if you miss your shop with all these long winter days?

  9. I love the new look, it makes the room brighter. I have a pine table as well, but really it's an ugly, cheap pine, which makes me crazy every time I look at it, since I love pine furniture. I plan on painting it to recover my sanity!

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