Friday, November 8, 2013

Painting the Dining Room Table (and other battles)

Only a couple weeks until Thanksgiving, but I'm craving turkey now. Big A and I had to go grocery shopping anyway, so I thought I'd get my wish. Guess what I ended up with? Ham. I'm not fond of ham, although Big A is. He won.

And I didn't argue because, after all, we are going to have turkey in a couple of weeks. And because, sometimes, you have to Pick. Your. Battles.

And This is My Battle...

That very same day, the following text conversation actually took place, and is word for word:

Me: I want to paint the dining room table!

Big A: No.

Me: Can I paint just a stripe down the middle?

Big A: No.

Me: Envision it!

Big A: No.

Me: But it would look cool.

Big A: Buy a table cloth.

Me: C'mon. Please!

Big A: No.

Me: You're mean.

Big A: I know honey.

And then he changed the subject. And I, master commander and battle planner, silently prepared for battle.

You see, I don't mind not winning in the turkey department. But the table? He hasn't heard the last of that one. Now that I have it in my head, I've become consumed by the idea. In fact it has become my battle.

Our table:

My Battle Plan...

Shock him with the brilliance of painting the table using blogger ideas and pinterest.
Yup, that's my plan.
Oh, I know, I'm just like Julius Caesar.
Here's the situation. We have a large, oblong, oak dining room table (see above). It's sturdy, and reliable. But boring. If you couldn't already tell, I want to paint it. I like "sturdy and reliable", but I'd like it to have a little more personality. I want people to walk in and say "WOW look at that table!"
So without further ado, let the ambush begin!

Here are my favorite ideas for the dining room table reformation. 

I found and example of a distressed black table. Our house is open plan, so it would fit right in. I would be willing to paint just the top of the table, and leave the chairs and legs oak. I think that would look amazing. See more details and ideas like this table HERE.

Our original plank top Farmhouse dining table finished in Midnight over Sicily with Summer distressing.

I also think a stripe down the length, or maybe just the width, of the table would look impressive. Check THIS striped table - from boring to amazing! Although the colors are too light for my taste, I love the IDEA of a stripe down the length. Or two stripes, width-wise at each end of the table.

chalk paint dining set

The following table was stenciled by Nicole at These Days. I could see stenciling ours, but with a bolder, black and more rustic looking stencil.
For example, the stencil on barn wood below would be something I'd like. I like the simple design of the stencil. See Lemon Tree Creations!
So that's the first stage of my battle plan. (Not only is it the first stage, it's the only stage...). I'll keep you posted on my progress.
It may take some time, but I can be patient - after all, Rome wasn't built in a day.
Link here: Link It Or Lump It


Anonymous said...


Kim said...

Julia, I laugh, because I can relate! I have wanted a fireplace in the kitchen forever. My husband is adamantly against it
(I think he's against the work it would require him to do!)...but he always says I get my way, since I can whine about it, longer than he can stand to listen to it! I am really not a whiner...I would prefer to call it negotiating! ;) Good luck! I love the black!

Unknown said...

Oh, look "anonymous" seems to be the infamous BIG A.

Kim - right?!?! Let the "negotiations" begin!


Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Haha! This is brilliant and made me laugh. For what it's worth, I say YES!!!

michie scott said...

I love the stencil thing,good design
hope you can visit my Inspire me Monday

Unknown said...

Amy - thanks for stopping by, glad you did!

Michie - I will be over!

Well, we're at a stalemate. I'm gonna wear him down though!


Unknown said...

i think those are some awesome ideas cant wait to see how it turns out

mah said...

Honey, you made your first mistake by even mentioning it to begin with. You just do it and not say anything and he probably wouldn't have noticed or if he did it would be to late. Now I did mention it to my husband when I painted our brand new hardwood kitchen floor, but he had already lost that battle!

Kayla @ Home Coming said...

I definitely say yes. There are so many cute options out there! I'm hosting a Starburst Mirror Giveaway that you should enter!

Unknown said...

Thanks Kayla!

Mah - that's funny! I read your comment to my hubby ! I think we're all wearing him down! Julia

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I understand you wanting to paint the oak. Guys just don't get that though. Maybe you could use vinyl cut outs to decorate the top of yours to look like stenciling. The vinyl is pretty sturdy, and as long as you washed it gently, I think you would get a lot of wear out of it. You could also change up the pattern whenever you wanted. Just an idea. He might really like it and change his mind later about painting it.

Unknown said...

Deborah - thank you for the vinyl idea! That could work! Thank you for suggesting! Julia

Tammy Killoough said...'re just pretty darn smart! Now that's the art of compromise! Thanks for sharing this on Twirl and Take a Bow! ~Tammy

Maynard Pearson said...

The dining room table looks really nice. The white painting on the wood gives it a rustic feel.

Maynard Pearson said...

The white paint on the wood gives it a very rustic feel.