Years ago, before the “Do It Yourself” craze, we would go to a pricey furniture store and purchase a whole set of matching furniture. It was usually heavy with large pieces, and of course we financed it. Not long after the furniture was paid off, the styles had changed. It was hard to justify getting rid of it because of how much we had paid for it. I think most of us have wised up now. Either purchase timeless pieces, purchase second hand pieces to be madeover with paint, or makeover what you already have.
I have had this table for a while, and I know that it doesn’t go with the look of this room. I decided to give this a DIY Mission style table makeover.
Before I tried to update this table, I checked out my favorite stores online like Dot & Bo, Restoration Hardware, One Kings Lane… to come up with some ideas. I knew I wanted a farmhouse style table, but really was concerned about all the slats of wood on the bottom. I decided to paint the bottom an iron color to look like real metal. I used Rustoleum spray paint in iron shade.
My plan was to cut some leftover wood and stain it for the tabletop. When I went to the shed, I saw these leftover pieces of James Hardie Board that we used for the outside of the house. I like that the pieces have grooves in them to look like real wood. You could use any wood you like, but if you like the Hardie Board, you can purchase it at Lowes for $6.56 for a 12 foot piece. The employee at Lowes told me if you want to break it, to get it in your vehicle, you can just break it in half and cut it into lengths you need at home.
A mission table has a raised edge around the table. I placed a board perpendicular on the table, then nailed the Hardie Board to the pieces.
This was a very easy project and I really love the way it looks in this room.