DIY Herringbone Table Makeover, Guest Post by Twin Dragonfly Designs

Hello Chic on a Shoestring readers!  My name is Heather and my little corner of the blog-o-sphere is Twin Dragonfly Designs. If you browse around awhile you will find;  crazy party ideas, tried and true recipes, epic craft projects and tutorials for just about all of it.  Oh and I have twin, four year old boys {so they're involved in pretty much everything}.
Today I am sharing my Herringbone Table Makeover.
This was a risky project for me.  Painting a white herringbone pattern onto our dining room table could have been a disaster!  But I freaking LOVE it!!!
And it can't really get any worse than this before shot, can it?
We've had this table for years!  It's been through messy toddlers times two, who have recently moved on to creative art expression with markers.  And being that we had pretty much scrubbed the finish right off of the table ~ drawings had become ingrained in the wood.
So I began by taking over the garage and sanding the crap out of our poor table. 
After sanding it to a fine finish and making the table look like new, I decided to paint a herringbone pattern onto it.  I found an image {via google images} and played with the scale until it was the size that I wanted.  Then I printed it onto card stock and cut out the negative spaces.  At this point I was like "okay, this might be cool".
I continued to paint the herringbone pattern {with acrylic paint} over my entire table.  By now I was getting a little worried.  Too much pattern and contrast?  But it was too late to turn back, there was no way I was sanding off all of that paint!
So I decided to give my pattern a distressed finish and lightly sanded the herringbone before applying 6-8 coats of clear varathane finish.
I am so glad that I stuck it out.  I love the finished product!
Adding a fun pattern is great way to update a sad looking old table and give it new life!
With over 6 coats of finish, it should withstand the creative chaos of a bevy of children for quite some time {fingers crossed they don't find the wood burning kit}.
Wouldn't this be gorgeous if you used a dark stain instead of the white paint?  Maybe in another 5 years...
We have a leaf for this table that I painted and refinished too.
I'm going to do a full dining room / kitchen reveal as soon as I mop the floors, wipe the finger/nose prints off of the sliding glass door, dust the buffet, do the dishes, clean the stainless steel appliances, throw together some knick knacks and... 
You should really stop by Twin Dragonfly Designs to see what I'm up to while I valiantly try to avoid cleaning my house!  
Thanks for having me Kate!

xo Heather

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  1. Oh that is really cool! I don't know if I would be brave enough to paint my table top...but if I thought it would turn out this good...I might!


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