The Dining Room Update: Fake It Until You Make It

What a week! For the first time in months I'm way behind on projects. It was production week at work and the GM wanted to give us all a 4 day weekend so we lost 5 days of work time. It was madness! Luckily, it's all wrapped and now I'm enjoying that wonderful long weekend.

As y'all know, I've been working on wrapping the dining room. One of the things I really wanted to do was build a new dining room table. Unfortunately, after hurting my toe, that went by the wayside. Will I build a table? Maybe. Truth be told, I'm really digging my temporary fix and may just leave it. So what was the temporary fix? Faux wood grain!

A few years ago, I purchased a table from Nadeau (you can see that article here).

It worked pretty well giving all the craziness of the ever-changing decor (like the yuckiness above). It also took a beating from projects and kids.


I had decided to sand down the table and give it a similar wash to that of the island next to it (because the mahogany wasn't working in the new decor). The problem? It was "junk" wood (basically ugly wood with not much grain, lots of discoloration and just not stainable). So what did I do? I painted it white and gave it a dry brush treatment.

Needless to say, that wasn't the look I was going for. Instead of jumping in to fix it, I decided to stop and think for a bit - give it a few days. Somewhere along the way I stumbled across this tutorial from HGTV. Instead of recreating the wheel, I thought I would just share their awesome tutorial!

After doing the treatment, I decided to add a whitewash on top (to tone it down a bit).

To show the difference, I took a pic where the top half of the table has the whitewash and the bottom does not.

After whitewashing the whole table, I added poly and that was it. The results? Check them out!

So there you have it - faking it until you can make it! The grain is a little heavier than I had wanted, but once the table was put together, it really turned out awesome. I can't wait until next week to show you the completed room!