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Modern Farmhouse/French Country Mashup: Kitchen Table Makeover

Modern Farmhouse/French Country Mashup: Kitchen Table Makeover

Hey Modern Farmhouse Girl!

Happy AUGUST! Wow, I can't believe how fast summer is flying by. And in sharp contrast, this project I'm about to share has taken a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOng. LONG. Time. But I have great news: It's finally finished! 

I've transformed my kitchen table (originally a $200 Craigslist purchase...a fair price for a table, a bench and four chairs) from boring and bland to Modern-Farmhouse-Style meets French-Country-Style. And I'm loving the results.

Since the steps are pretty basic, I'll break it down in 3 PHASES.

Enjoy! :) 

 

PHASE 1: 

Buy a table you like. Try to find one with a bench if you're into modern farmhouse style decor!

Of course, I wish I could just snag one of Joanna Gaines' buddy's modern farmhouse tables (hey Clint Harp!), but a girl's gotta modern farmhouse however a girl can modern farmhouse...and Craigslist plus paint and elbow grease is the next best (and much cheaper) option. 

Here's the original table, bench and chairs, set up in my very first apartment (which was one of five one-bedroom apartments divvied up in an old farmhouse) in Vermont, three years ago: 

Still LOVE that red floor! Such a fun style choice on behalf of my landlord. And the table + bench I have always liked on my dining set, so they remain part of the picture today!

Still LOVE that red floor! Such a fun style choice on behalf of my landlord. And the table + bench I have always liked on my dining set, so they remain part of the picture today!

PHASE 2:

Buy new chairs if you don't like the ones that came with your table. And either purchase cushions to fit them that you like (check out Home Goods!) or, if they have built-in cushions, reupholster them in a fabric of your choice! 

Last summer, I sold the four original chairs that went with the table (back on Craigslist!) and replaced them with three new chairs (also from Craigslist). Luckily, I documented their transformation last year in an Instagram post (photos below). Essentially, I re-painted and re-upholstered them:

Original chairs. I loved the wide seats — very comfortable! 

Original chairs. I loved the wide seats — very comfortable! 

Painting these white (with glossy spray paint) really made the carved details POP! I like the flower detail on the top in particular. 

Painting these white (with glossy spray paint) really made the carved details POP! I like the flower detail on the top in particular. 

Before a blog...documenting DIY on Insta with progress shots. A note from current me to past me: "Get it girl!" 

Before a blog...documenting DIY on Insta with progress shots. A note from current me to past me: "Get it girl!" 

Pink gingham cushions is what I ended up with —surprise, surprise! 

Pink gingham cushions is what I ended up with —surprise, surprise! 

PHASE 3.

Paint and stencil your table. Have some fun with it! (Of course, I'm assuming you're doing this to a cheap-o Craigslist table and not a gorgeous, expensive modern farmhouse table from Clint Harp. We're on the same page, right?!)

SUPPLIES! Here's what you're looking at: A sander, paint for the table, paint for the stencil...which I did NOT use but should have...stencil brushes, paint stick and my favorite paint brush, my white paint for the table and a polyurethane for the final coat.

SUPPLIES! Here's what you're looking at: A sander, paint for the table, paint for the stencil...which I did NOT use but should have...stencil brushes, paint stick and my favorite paint brush, my white paint for the table and a polyurethane for the final coat.

Here is the French Country table stencil I went with! I bought it from a stencil seller on Etsy! 

Here is the French Country table stencil I went with! I bought it from a stencil seller on Etsy! 

And here is my Modern Farmhouse style table painting project underway. First I sanded it down (see sander on the floor there). Then I just painted the legs and surround on the top. Below is a plastic drop cloth from the hardware store for $7. I will tell you: that's always $7 WELL SPENT since I'm not the most careful painter. 

And here is my Modern Farmhouse style table painting project underway. First I sanded it down (see sander on the floor there). Then I just painted the legs and surround on the top. Below is a plastic drop cloth from the hardware store for $7. I will tell you: that's always $7 WELL SPENT since I'm not the most careful painter. 

I centered my stencil with a tape measure (always a classic move) and taped it down with painters' tape. 

I centered my stencil with a tape measure (always a classic move) and taped it down with painters' tape. 

TWO TRICKS IN ONE: (1) Cover your paint tray with plastic wrap before you put the paint in. It makes for super easy clean-up since you are just disposing of the plastic wrap! (2) Get out Q-Tips if you're going to stencil. This is a trick from my Mom of Infinite DIY Knowledge. You can clean up parts while the paint is still drying with the Q-Tips and obviously I used A BUNCH. 

TWO TRICKS IN ONE: (1) Cover your paint tray with plastic wrap before you put the paint in. It makes for super easy clean-up since you are just disposing of the plastic wrap! (2) Get out Q-Tips if you're going to stencil. This is a trick from my Mom of Infinite DIY Knowledge. You can clean up parts while the paint is still drying with the Q-Tips and obviously I used A BUNCH. 

Here's my final stencil! As you can see, I had some bleeding so it's not perfect. But I did not use the stencil paint I actually had on hand, I just used regular table paint, so Mom tells me if I had used stencil paint it wouldn't have done that. Also, I should have practiced ONCE?! TWICE?! On something else before just going for it on the table. To be honest, I had NEVER stenciled anything in my life...before this project. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. But I'm working on being less of a perfectionist, so I am calling it FINE WITH ME and leaving it :) 

Here's my final stencil! As you can see, I had some bleeding so it's not perfect. But I did not use the stencil paint I actually had on hand, I just used regular table paint, so Mom tells me if I had used stencil paint it wouldn't have done that. Also, I should have practiced ONCE?! TWICE?! On something else before just going for it on the table. To be honest, I had NEVER stenciled anything in my life...before this project. Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. But I'm working on being less of a perfectionist, so I am calling it FINE WITH ME and leaving it :) 

Next step was to sand over stencil and whole top of table and hit it with a coat of polyurethane. (That's why it's so shiny!)

Next step was to sand over stencil and whole top of table and hit it with a coat of polyurethane. (That's why it's so shiny!)

Quick shot of my bench: my Mom made me this bench cushion (she can use a sewing machine! I can't!) and I love the French Ticking Stripes. I also have had this cute pillow for years, but funny enough it matches my table stencil!  

Quick shot of my bench: my Mom made me this bench cushion (she can use a sewing machine! I can't!) and I love the French Ticking Stripes. I also have had this cute pillow for years, but funny enough it matches my table stencil!  

Beauty shot of the bench and pillow! (Because I LOVE pillows.)

Beauty shot of the bench and pillow! (Because I LOVE pillows.)

A final shot from one angle of my FINALLY FINISHED table set. 

A final shot from one angle of my FINALLY FINISHED table set. 

Ta da! Ready for dinner :) 

Ta da! Ready for dinner :) 

Have you re-done your kitchen table? I'd love to hear how it went! Leave me a comment or send a message!

xx

Lucy 

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