why I painted our Pottery Barn dining room table: before & after

Saturday, February 23

 We bought our dining room table nine years ago, when we moved into our last house.  I was big into the provincial look and loved the curves of the table from Pottery Barn.  I was young and not quite thinking through my decisions, so of course we bought the matching chairs. ;-)  I'm hear to tell you that this table was not meant to be used on a daily basis.  I think it was better suited for a family that uses their dining room three times a year.  That's not us.  

So what do you do when have no plans to buy a new table, but will poke your eyes out if you have to look at said table for one more minute?  You paint.

I used Rust-oleum protective enamel paint in white.  The finish is strong and durable!  I used two coats of oil-based Kilz primer, then did two to three coats of paint.  Some of you may think I'm crazy for painting wood. Or crazy for painting furniture from Pottery Barn.  But I am a firm believer that you should love your home, and change whatever isn't working for you.  The top of the table was so damaged and scratched that it could only get better.

Let's take a photo tour.

Here is the dining room the day we moved in.  I have since moved that painting to our fireplace, painted the buffet, changed the light, and changed the wall color.  And if you're really keeping up, you can see the dark beige walls that go down the hallway.  Now those walls are striped.

This is after the walls were changed.  You can see how dark the table looks.

Now, the table and my grandmother's buffet both have a glossy coat of white.  I'm finally happy and not embarrassed to have people eat at our table.  Those of you afraid of white: fear not.  This table actually looks cleaner more often than our wood table.  Truly.  
Can you see the difference from changing the beige to stripes in the hallway?


My next step is to possibly add one of these wing back chairs to each end of our table.  We'll see.  Our house is always evolving!  We've been here nearly two years and it's still not 'done'.  Thankfully I love creating a home collected over time.

Does this inspire you to make a change you've been afraid to try?  What do you think of the white?  Have a great weekend!  

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26 comments:

funjani said...

I had a kitchen table I used a LOT. I had a local window company cut me a piece of glass to fit the top. No more worries. Easy to wipe clean. I even put holiday tablecloths under the glass.

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I can't believe you've been in that house for almost two years...I totally remember when you moved in and it seems like last month! (c; And that was a complete stroke of brilliance and bravery to paint your table, I'm totally on board! I know people always kind of bash on white with kiddos, but I've kinda found that I would rather know it's dirty and *CLEAN IT* than just not know because it's a dark color, right???

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

The catchy title drew me right in! Looks great.

Nancy K. said...

Looks great. I've been wanting to paint our old yucky pine table. Did you sand first or just prime? Does that pain come in other colors? I'm actually changing to an espresso color.

Calypso In The Country said...

I love those chairs and the table looks great too! I remember when you moved in there - wow 2 years went fast. Don't feel bad about not having everything "done". We have been in our house almost 14 years and I am still not done! I don't think I ever will be! Have a great weekend!
-Shelley

carol jane said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the table in white. It was tooooo dark in the room before. Did you ever think about painting your walls a lighter, more blue/gray? That would look pretty too. Thats just my 2 cents.

Kimberly DeVito said...

What type of brush/technique do you use so as not to leave brush marks? It looks great!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks SO good!!! love the update and i agree you have to make your home work for you!!!! do what makes you happy!

Sandy A said...

Love the painted table--especially with adding the wing back chairs. Stunning!

Dana Frieling said...

It looks so much more modern! Isn't it crazy what a little paint will do? Good thinking, friend.

The Gray Boxwood said...

Love that you had no fear in painting your table! We completely agree that it's best to love your environment, even if other feel that you're destroying something. It looks terrific!

modern jane said...

Beautiful! I love the color on the walls.. the white really pops. So fresh!

Sarah S said...

I love how it turned out! Did you roll it on or brush it? I always get nervous about making sure there are no brushstrokes/roll marks and am always searching for tips for a professional look.

Also LOVE the chairs you are considering!

Irma Baker @ The Ordinary Beautiful said...

Looks awesome! If I could paint everything white I would:)

Kara Michele said...

Love it, what a transformation. Room facelift into 2013. The wall color is pretty too. You inspired me to paint some old bedroom PCs. I have that I've been wanting to paint but didn't know what paint to use or top coat. Did you use a brush or roller? Thanks for sharing lady!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I am so excited for those wing chairs!! They are going to look phenomenal! Also, I noticed some others asking about your paining handy-work. I too would love to know exactly how you painted the table and sideboard. Brush? Roller? Spray? What brush do you use? Sorry for all the Q's but it all looks too good not to ask ;) Cheers!

Design_Fluff said...

Gorgeous! Pottery Barn couldn't have done it better! And I love a home collected over time as well, so much more interesting and authentic.:)

Hollie Cooper said...

I love the table and the sideboard in white. The addition of the wing chairs is going to look awesome.

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

I love the painted table! We actually made our own dining table not too long ago because we couldn't force ourselves to spend all the money on something that would get really torn up.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love how fresh it looks! Especially with your new wall colour. Love the wing chairs.

Christine said...

I have been thinking about painting our giant table with a similar shape. We bought it used about 4 years ago. I like the size, but it is so dark heavy in the room! Hubby is my holdout he's anti painty!

Cris Angsten said...

It always amazes me how people can be horrified at the thought of painting wood. But if the wood is not special, or looks bad... by all means! PAINT IT! :-)

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

It looks great -- and you love it, which is the very best! That is a big project...painting that big ole thing!!!

Anonymous said...

Very nice. Will this chip or scratch? I painted our banister grey and it scratches very easy
Thank you
Georgina

figtreesundays said...

Aaah!! I love it! I got our dining table on Craigslist with no chairs (on purpose) and refinished it to the right medium/light orange brown color. Then I got stripped antique chairs which I stained dark walnut. We'll work a banquette onto one side one of these days for even more variety. I love a mixed look in the dining room. Those wing chairs you're considering are great - MY husband would never be happy with such a feminine choice, though!

SHERRY HART said...

I'm good with painting that table! And I saw those chairs at WM the other day and fell in love!!! They are just what you need in that room....fabulous!

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