Dinner Table Re-finish

Here it is! Our lovely new table. I have to say that I am very pleased with the outcome. It definitely adds some light and colour to the otherwise drab living room (the dark grey carpets don’t help to make this place cozy, but they sure are handy to keep feet warm and little pitter-patter quiet).
Sydney and I worked on the top of the table. Richard and I decided on a paint colour we both liked for the base – Pinterest is a wonderful resource. And the other evening Richard went on a hunt for paint for me. He found a lovely blue called Azure. I mixed in a couple of tablespoons of unsanded grout (I would have preferred to use plaster of paris, however, the store did not have any and unsanded grout is a common alternative) into a cup or so of paint, mixed and dove in.


It took a couple of evenings (most of the work was done after the kids were in bed). The paint also needed a very light sanding after each coat to smooth out the surface for the next coat of paint. Once it was all painted a thin coat of soft wax added depth and a matt sheen to the paint.

New tableAfter



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7 responses to “Dinner Table Re-finish

  1. Natasha

    Looks beautiful! Fun project! What was the grout added in for?
    We’re busy deliberating paint colours here again… I’m really indecisive apparently!

    • Thanks Tash! So I think the unsanded grout (or platter of Paris) makes it both chalky in appearance and feel (without sanding and adding the wax it’s more like a chalk board) but also makes it stick to everything! I’m considering doing a headboard in antique white with it. I’m having a little fun researching on pinterest… If you’re unsure you could pick up some plaster or grout and try it on a picture frame or other small project with paint you already have. See if you like it 🙂

  2. Looks like you are already on your way to having a very eclectic home. They are my favorite for every piece gets that extra personal love to make it all yours.

    That is quite a find, I look forward to getting a glimpse of your other finds. Can you tell me about the apt, it looks huge!


    • Thanks mom 🙂
      It’s actually a fairly small apartment. The dining room is also our living room. But we have three bedrooms of a decent size and a great park across the street.

  3. Ginger

    Lovely! I am so glad to see you keeping up with your creative ideas for your house–keep up the painting! Thanks for keeping us involved–I love staying connected in any we can. 🙂

  4. That is fabulous Elora! I am so impressed with the table to begin with and then your added touches are brilliant. So happy to see you getting a “home” there. Missed out on your call yesterday. Hope we can connect again soon. ❤

  5. Awesome job on the table!

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