Faux Plank Farmhouse Table


Yep, I faux planked our dining table. I have been bored with it for a while but hubby wouldn't let me touch it. So, after he went to work one day, I did my thing, hoping he wouldn't notice. ;)

Here is how our table looked before ...


When we purchased it 4 years ago, we painted half of it white. 4 years later and there are numerous scratches on top and varnish flaking off. I sanded a patch to see what type of wood was underneath, but that was extra messy so stripping and re-staining was out. 


When in doubt, get out the chalk paint! 


I have been wanting a farmhouse planked table top for ages. But I haven't found hardwood planks readily available or cheap. So I decided to faux it. :)


After applying 3 coats of white chalk paint I gave the table a good sand, distressing the edges.

Then I got out the tape measure and penciled on my plank lines. I used a wooden ruler and the sharp edge of a metal paint scrapper to cut into the wood and mark out the lines. This left a small groove in the table to add to the authenticity. 


Then I used 60 grit sandpaper down each slit to make them look a bit wider and more roughed up.


Finally I sanded flat down each line to get a bit more distressing on each "plank".


Then I distressed the edges a bit more, and lastly gave the whole table another sand with 220 grit sandpaper.

To seal and protect I decided to go with a few coats of flat clear varnish. 


I plan to paint the legs in white chalk paint too, as well as the chairs and their seats. And hopefully hubby will build me a bench seat to go along one side. After he gets over the shock of course. ;)

:) Julie

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  1. Julie,
    I love this. It really brightens up the room. Great job. Very pretty.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I like it too. Hubby has no comment yet. LOL. :) Julie

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  2. I have 2 pieces of furniture to paint, I must try out the chalk paint. I'd love to get the results you did with your table. Fabulous!!!

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    1. Thank you! And good luck. It really is easy once you try. :) Julie

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  3. Wow, what a great idea! It looks great too!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania. I'm not big on faux but when you are on a budget, I can live with it. :) Julie

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  4. Wow, your faux technique is truly amazing! Love love love the final result!

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  5. You are a genius! Your table looks soon great!

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    1. Thank you! I just finished the legs and am working on painting the chairs to match. Hopefully it will all be finished before Christmas. :) Julie

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  6. Just wondering if my table isnt dark to begin with how would I achieve the distress brown in between the faux planks

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  7. Amazing! This is the example I’ve been trying to find. I have a table with rounded slanted in edges. And just couldn’t fingure out if I should laminate it with wood look, or stick on plank wood. But love this since my table has a leaf and we leave table with leaf in all the time. So it has those grooves that you made. So I’m hoping this idea will work great for me. Thank you for posting Sounds like what I do with my hubby too and he usually loves whatever I do every time! ��

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  8. Amazing! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I have a 54 x 54“ table With a leaf in the middle, that we leave in all the time. So it has those grooves that you made. And I couldn’t figure out whether to laminate with wood wood finish (so I didn’t have food getting in cracks.) over top or use Stick on planks. I think this will work perfectly thank you for posting. I do the same thing with my hubby and he usually loves it every time. 😉

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