French Linen dining table

Salutations! I’m blogging in today with yet another table painting saga to share with you. It feels good to get this off my chest. Indeed, I can’t keep all this table makeover drama to myself. And I can’t tell you how many times the thought “why didn’t I just leave it blue!!” went through the ol’ noggin. But what’s done is done, so now it’s time to figure out a way to get a color that works and makes me happy. I’m pleased to include a happy outcome this time!Cottage Fix blog - French Linen painted dining tableLast you heard, I had given up and left our dining table in a not so offensive charcoal gray which looked closer to black in some photos. I decided I couldn’t live with that color any longer. I knew it would be a short lived color in this shabby cottage. So I painted it two different colors with leftover paint I had hanging out in the cupboard. This is because I’m cheap and indecisive and it’s easy to just slap on a coat of something I already have lying around the house. It wasn’t working! Imagine that? Cottage Fix blog - French Linen painted dining table in our cottage

So I pulled out my Annie Sloan chalk paint swatches and narrowed down a couple of colors I really liked. Instead of using chalk paint though, I went to Lowes and asked for a color match in satin latex that matched Annie Sloan’s violet neutral Paloma. The color wasn’t quite right. At this point in the never ending process, I’m not really that surprised. So then I went for Annie Sloan’s French Linen, also in latex satin. Oh yeah! Finally, this is my color. I lightly sanded it until a hint of Paloma came though, as well as some of the many other colors under there.

Cottage Fix blog - Paloma and French Linen in satin latex

When I was finished distressing it I topped it with two coats of satin poly, lightly sanding between coats. There was a lot of sanding going on throughout this entire process due to the sheer number of paint layers.

Cottage Fix blog - French Linen and flowersCottage Fix blog - French Linen dining tableCottage Fix blog - white peonyFrench Linen is said to pair well with gold and rich bright colors. Well I have a ton of gold–ish colors on frames and light fixtures, and it does go well. I don’t really have any bright or rich accents other than this bright blue pillow on the sun porch, but it looks nice with all of my whites and pastels too.Cottage Fix blog - bright blue pillowCottage Fix blog - white peony Happy, happy!Cottage Fix blog - French Linen painted dining tableThanks for popping over!

xoxo Sally


2 thoughts on “French Linen dining table

  1. Julie

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who has to make multiple attempts at getting projects right sometimes. It drives my husband crazy, haha! That color in your table is great – neutral, yet has a personality of its own. It looks like it will definitely stand the test of time now.

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