The Tale of the Painted Table Top Trouble

Hello friends and reinventors!

I really really really hope that the project I’m sharing today is the last one for my troubled kitchen painted table top.

Let me give you the history of this saga.

There once was an orange oak table.  This sad orange table lived in a house packed full of children and dogs, and it was well loved.

The mom of the children LOVED to decorate.  And she wasn’t too fond of orange oak.  So she bought some of that new- fangled and highly publicized chalk paint.

And she painted the table and the matching chairs in Old White.  And she waxed on top, just like all the bloggers said to do.

Ketchup and mustard stains soon littered the beautiful Old White table top; accidentally dropped by the pack of children.   The mom realized that Old White just wasn’t going to work for her family.

So she bought a can of Rustoleum Satin paint in Expresso.  And she painted that table top dark dark brown, so that no one would ever know how often she fed her children ketchup and mustard.

This is where things went a little awry.   You see, I she didn’t sand first, or use primer, or paint the table top with several light coats.

So the lovely expresso colored paint began to peel and chip and not in a cool, distressed kind of way.

It was time to strip off all of the mistakes and start over.  Home came the paint stripper.  Bought with a gift card, of course.

I painted it on, and scraped it off.  Over and over and over.  Until we were back to orange.

This is not a sponsored post, but I do recommend this stripper.  It’s non-toxic and did the job.

Pretty, huh?

I followed all of the directions I could find, and all of those directions said that step two was to clean the surface with a paint thinner after wash.  That. was. fun.  Not.

Next came the first of three light coats of Behr Cracked Pepper paint and primer in one (same color as the mantel, here), with light sanding in between coats.  Told ya, I followed all of the directions.

And I’m not a directions kind of girl.

Here is the table top after two coats of poly on top of three coats of paint.  With 24 hours of drying time between every application.

Now my table top is not nearly so troubled.  And there’s no orange in sight.

The moral of this story?  As much as I hate to admit it, follow the directions.

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6 thoughts on “The Tale of the Painted Table Top Trouble

  1. What a beautiful color! And you got such a nice smooth finish too. I imagine that your story is going to be experienced by many others in the near future. You see, wax does not protect the finish like a poly or varnish…and the wax is not so easy to take off when the time comes to put on some other type of paint or finish. Good for you for “sticking” with it.

  2. I am currently painting my orange oak table too! I hate sanding but did it anyway because I know how much use the table is going to get. I was originally going to try milk paint and after seeing your result I’m glad I didn’t!!
    Your table looks so nice and I love the white chairs. Great job!

  3. I also painted my kitchen table in Old White but never waxed because I knew it wouldn’t be enough protection against my three kids and husband. Just this morning I was thinking of painting it again and using a poly on it this time. Your table looks great now!!!

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